Colorado Tech Weekly #157: Be nice to each other.

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Being nice sounds like such a simple, innocent thing to do. However it does require some courage because people might not be nice back to you and that hurts.

This week I celebrate 3 years of doing these Colorado Tech Weekly posts and I’m proud to continue  to help show off the Colorado technology community. I’m proud of this community! There are a ton of successful people and community leaders in the Colorado tech community who are just really nice people! This week’s articles about Brad Feld’s matching donations to improve diversity and CEOs that are loved by their employees highlight some of the nice people and the nice things they do for our community. And if I really think about it, every week I share 10 events that are almost all usually free events hosted by people who are doing nice things by giving away their time for free to help others succeed.

If I have half the influence that Jess with BuiltinColorado says I do, then I want to use that influence by being one of those nice people who succeeds by being nice.

This weekend in Orlando, Florida someone decided to kill people because of hate. If we want to fight hate, we have to do the opposite of hate and be kind and nice. Spewing more hate, just with different targets, will only encourage more hateful acts. Be nice to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics is Colorado’s top Fortune 500 firm again [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Maker Hub founder, Elise VanDyne, to represent Colorado at White House during National Week of Making, June 17-23 [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont Startup Week kicks off with robots, biz pitches, legal advice [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent raises $11 million, aims for profitability [DenverPost]
  • Why this company thinks job interviews should be less stressful [BuiltinColorado]
  • Matching Grant to the Techstars Foundation to Help Improve Diversity In Entrepreneurship [BradFeld]
  • Denver prepares final Smart City Challenge pitch to win $50M for transportation tech [DenverPost]
  • CEOs loved by their employees: These Colorado execs rank in the top 10 [DBJ]
  • Cathy Avgiris put family first, became most powerful woman at Comcast [DenverPost]
  • What you missed Saturday at the Denver Mini Maker Faire (Photo Album) [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #148: Feedback Needed

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I need your help! The future of Colorado Tech Weekly DEPENDS ON YOU! OK, maybe that’s a little too dramatic but I’m finding out that doing this blog and doing a podcast might be too much. I want to change things up, but I’m not sure how I want to do that. So yesterday I wrote up a post: The Future of Colorado Tech Weekly… with some of my thoughts and ideas. Since I write this blog and do the podcast for you as much as for me I would love to hear your feedback. Thank you for reading and listening!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, kicks off CU’s Conference on World Affairs [DenverPost]
  • 10 teams advance in 2016 Go Code Colorado challenge, finals May 26 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot adds Cloud Harmonics to global distributor network [InnovatioNews]
  • Revolv becomes history and ends service; Boulder team moves to Nest [Tech+]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer at Apptio in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Choozle Announces Partnership with Digital First Media [Choozle]
  • Never “work” again: 7 Colorado startups hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broadband measures pass, pot doesn’t do so well in Tuesday’s election [DenverPost]
  • ULA cuts 375 jobs as new commercial space-race heats up [DenverPost]
  • Whole Foods partners with Boomtown on technology and snacks [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #147: Learning Takes Time

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This week a few of the articles have to do with new developers learning programming. Turing adds a new Front-End development program. Businesses are still worried about talent shortages. And the BuiltinColorado article asking 7 local developers about their learning journey is great!

One of my favorite answers from the BuiltinColorado article is from Joanne Cheng, “It takes a lot of time to learn what you need to know.” It’s difficult as a developer to find out what is important to learn and that’s even before you start learning the important things. Then once you have it figured out, it all changes and you get to start over again!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Durango’s GitPrime featured as 1 of Inc’s 4 cloud startups to watch from Y Combinator [INC]
  • Section.io puts down Boulder roots, raises new equity round [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Havenly adds $5.8 million as demand for online design attracts VCs [Tech+]
  • How 7 Colorado developers learned to code — and what they wish they’d known before [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Artifact Uprising hires former Photobucket exec Mike Clark [Tech+]
  • Colorado businesses worry about talent shortage; optimism down from a year ago [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Regis University competition highlights growing demand for cyber defense skills [YourHub]
  • Tattoo Tuesdays and custom cakes: Colorado tech’s coolest company perks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Turing School launches new Front-End engineering program for developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun, Blynk release SparkFun Blynk Board and IoT Starter Kit [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #146: Which is Better? Planning or Improvising?

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The answer to the headline is “Yes.” I know. It’s a trick question and it’s Monday and you’re trying to figure out what it was you ate yesterday that has you feeling a bit off today (maybe the 5 pounds of chocoloate?) and you’re still trying to readjust after the snow storm interrupted your week last week so it’s not nice to give you a trick question and I’m sorry.

Planning is important regardless of what all the shotgun innovators tell you. If you want to do something well, you have to make a plan. Most of the headlines I share every week are the results of people setting a goal, making a plan and spending years going for it. Today I finished my Software Requirements Specification for my app for my police officers. It feels nice to have a plan.

But what about improvising? The best improvisation comes after the plan. It’s like the rescheduled events listed this week. There was a plan but things got changed, so you improvise and continue on. This is the best kind of improvisation.

Plan. Then improvise. Please.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: Revolar [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap hires former Louisville-based NexGen Storage CFO Benner [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Fruition acquires DS2 Magento Hosting [Fruition]
  • How 4 Colorado tech leaders are working to empower women in tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s SendGrid announces availability in Google Cloud Launcher [InnovatioNews]
  • New dev gigs: 5 software engineering openings in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to launch live event services at NAB 2016 [WazeeDigital]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Brewster to broaden product offerings [InnovatioNews]
  • Fast-growing Houston tech company, Poetic Software, to open Denver office [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ProtectWise guarding against hackers [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #144: That urge to do all the things right now

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Last week was my attempt at doing all the things. I finished up a class. I prepared a large essay for a second class. I went to C-Level @ A Mile High. My dad came into town for the weekend so we could all go to the Denver St. Patrick’s Day. We had friends over to celebrate birthdays. Then played some card games with friends on Sunday. Meanwhile I’m getting my ToDo lists ready to go because after this week, I’m free from classes for 6 months so I want to do some projects to show that I really do know how to code.

I’m trying to do all this all right now. It’s one of those moments where I feel trapped somewhere between pride, guilt, ambition and time. It’s a feeling that many adult students and entrepreneurs feel too often. This is all stuff I chose to do and I enjoy most of it. Sometimes it just gets too overwhelming. Anyway, here’s the tech news!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Workers report layoffs at IBM in Boulder, nationally [DenverPost]
  • Announcing Leah Leaves as Boulder-based Ramblin Jackson’s COO! [RamblinJackson]
  • Meet 10 of the students graduating from Boulder’s CodeCraft this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence opening Silicon Valley office, adds CTO [BizWest]
  • DU’s new Cybersecurity degree comes with 50% tuition discount [Tech+]
  • Everything you need to know to break into Colorado’s tech world [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Announces CTO [BusinessWire]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor expands in Colorado Springs, plans to hire another 100 [Tech+]
  • Nest to grow Boulder presence separate from new Google campus [BizWest]
  • CTOs to know: meet Denver-based Tack Mobile’s Jan Birkelund [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #140: Sometimes being a day off is ok

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Ever have one of those days where you can never remember what day it is even though you know what day it is? It’s pretty annoying. I’ve felt that way for the past few days thanks to a nasty cold. Today’s Colorado Tech Weekly post is off a day too, but that’s because of Presidents’ Day. So because of the holiday, this post could be off a day so that I could recover from feeling off a day. I think…. I don’t know. Maybe I’m still a little bit off.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  1. Denver’s Commerce Sync integrates small business accounting for Square and QuickBooks Desktop users [CommerceSync]
  2. Boulder-based Agribotix partnership with The Nature Conservancy provides drone-enabled aerial survey, processing, and analytics [Agribotix]
  3. CDOT, with mountains of info to sort through, seeks 1st chief data officer [DBJ]
  4. Beyond the beer fridge: 2 Colorado companies on creating a killer company culture [BuiltinColorado]
  5. Denver-based Evolve Vacation Rentals partners with Airbnb and TripAdvisor! [EvolveVacationRentals]
  6. Westminster’s DigitalGlobe getting involved with Summer Olympics security [DBJ]
  7. RxREVU, Notion and 22 others get $4.6 million in state innovation grants [Tech+]
  8. Colorado digital health companies win big at the first annual Innovation Awards [InnovationPavilion]
  9. How Denver’s tech scene sees itself [Technical.ly]
  10. Mack Web is now Genuinely [Genuinely]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #127: Mostly Boulder, Mostly Wednesday

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5 of this week’s headlines mention Boulder companies. 5 of the upcoming events listed happen on Wednesday and I’m not sure which one I would choose to go to because they all look like great events!

Learn what Microsoft is doing with CONNECT(); // 2015? Make better Android apps with Denver Droids? Learn how to actually deploy a web app with FRPUG? Figure out how to sell myself at Galvanize? Or get a little bit of everything with Tech Confluence? I have no idea which one I would go to. This is such a nice problem to have.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps to add dozens of jobs in wake of $10.6M Series B funding round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic, Workforce Boulder County to train software pros [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor targets Denver for next big project: corporate relocation [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST Awarded Better Business Bureau Torch Award [YourHub]
  • 5 innovative Colorado tech companies that are hiring at offices well outside of the big city [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado companies named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500; 3 in the top 50 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GoSpotCheck joined forces with the  World Alliance of Retail Execution and Standards (WARES) [GoSpotCheck]
  • Merged in 2014, Boulder’s Quick Left and Sprint.ly go separate ways [BizWest]
  • BuiltinColorado lists the Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group announces restructuring, $102M acquisition [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #126: 4, 127.5, 5, 10, 44, 4, 5, 1, 7.5, 50 and 100

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You are either very curious why the title of this post is nothing but numbers or just very annoyed. Is it a secret code? Is it a pattern? Has Scott lost his marbles?

The answers to these questions are: “No”, “no” and “probably but he still functions well, so we let him be.” Each number is from one of the headlines for this week that helps us quantify what is going on in the Colorado tech community. We have become very good at quantifying with our computers. We are now to the point where we are overwhelmed with quantities and want our computers to calculate qualities which is proving much more difficult than we realized it would be. However, if you look at some of the most successful tech companies in Colorado, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How they got in: 4 Colorado techies discuss how they found their jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $127.5M in October: Here are the top 5 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Association’s APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders [CTA]
  • 44 Colorado cities and counties voted yes to municipal broadband [Tech+]
  • 4 of the biggest names in tech discuss why Colorado is so collaborative [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado companies chosen as finalists for Richard Branson’s massive pitch competition [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Tradiv, the Amazon of marijuana wholesalers, celebrates $1 million in financing [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics points to slowdown [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Havenly raises $7.5M for flat-fee interior design site [Xconomy]
  • Douglas County-based Rise Broadband moving to LTE to offer 50-to-100 Mbps wireless Internet [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #122: True Crime Edition

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You probably don’t know this, but as much as I love talking about the Colorado technology community, I don’t work in the industry. Last week I celebrated my 10 year anniversary as a 911 police dispatcher and, even better, I still have my sanity! At least that’s what the voices tell me. I like when the tech industry and law enforcement work together well like in the Level 3 story below. I am not as much of a fan of the SofTec story, but it’s good to see people like that get caught.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lone Tree-based SofTec Solutions CEO sentenced to 6 months in jail [DBJ]
  • PHP pioneers Zend Technologies acquired by Louisville-based Rogue Wave Software [VentureBeat]
  • Altitude Digital’s Jeremy Ostermiller speaks at Colorado Tech Association’s ad tech industry briefing [AltitudeDIgital]
  • Colorado Technology Foundation launches tech job shadow program [YourHub]
  • 3 Boulder Valley companies selected for digital-health pilot program [BizWest]
  • Alternative cable service Layer3 TV still launching this year, just hired Boulder ad agency [Tech+]
  • Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame wrap-up and five lessons learned [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Level 3, Cisco take down major cybercrime network online [DBJ]
  • Seagate completes $696 million purchase of Longmont’s Dot Hill [Tech+]
  • Denver-based SPYR welcomes former Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds Developer) marketing expert to advisory board [Yahoo]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #118: The Work That Causes the Headlines

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Every once in a while I have to remind myself that most of the news behind these headlines are the culmination of months or years of work. The awards, acquisitions, mergers and events are the headlines but the important part is the work and time put into those events long before they become headlines.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Sprint ties Verizon for best mobile performance in Denver after four years at bottom [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave acquires enterprise open source vendor Open Logic [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed to lay off 500 in IT services division, which has Colorado presence [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital wins ColoradoBiz Magazine Top Company Award [AltitudeDigital]
  • 5 internships at awesome Colorado tech companies for this Fall [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Northern Colorado tech companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado IT firms NexusTek and Illumen merge, eye national expansion [DBJ]
  • Pebble Rocks Boulder Review – Hardware innovation packed into a weekend hackathon [Viget]
  • Seagate cuts 70 jobs in Longmont [BizWest]
  • Tech Roundup: TapInfluence doubles in size, eBags shakes things up & more [BuiltinColorado]

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