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 #129: It’s Cyber-Small-Business-Shop-Local Monday!

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One of the cool things about Colorado being a great place for tech startups is that we can get all the shopping “holidays” in one day!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based SendGrid names two more new members to its leadership team [InnovatioNews]
  • How Colorado tech gives back for the holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies [DenverPost]
  • Colorado tech tackles your gift list: 6 innovative gifts that’ll run less than $100 [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado startups reveal the secrets to their successful Kickstarter campaigns [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph’s LulzBot TAZ 5 rated best overall 3D printer by Make Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • DaVinci Institute moves startup space, coding school to Westminster [DBJ]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: DispatchHealth [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s Rapt Media wins gold Stevie Award in 2015 Stevie Awards for Women in Business [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group to buy Canada’s 4th largest telecom [Tech+]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #114: Mind the Talent Gap

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The Talent Gap is that annoying void between the demand for skilled software developers and the current amount of available skilled software developers. It’s something I’ve heard tech companies talk about since I started this blog over 2 years ago. There have been encouraging efforts by industry groups, companies and tech schools to fill the gap as quickly as they can but filling that gap is still a slow process because the biggest thing that turns new developers into skilled developers is time. It is frustrating for everyone involved. New developers want to have the skills companies need yesterday and companies want more skilled developers 2 months ago!

The best thing companies can do is support these programs, initiatives, schools and the students they teach because they will pay off in the long run. As students, the best thing we can do is keep learning, keep experimenting and show that we want to learn and contribute. Together, with time, effort and focus, we can narrow the Talent Gap.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Seeking software developers, Denver’s AppIt Ventures buys firm in India [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize, IBM partner to back women, minorities in tech careers [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s most well-funded tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boosted by new Agco deal, growing Ft. Collins-based Agribotix moving to larger Boulder space [BizWest]
  • 132 Colorado companies make U.S. ‘fastest growing’ list [BuiltinColorado]
  • BlacKnight Cyber Security partners with Boulder-based Knowledge Factor to mitigate risk of cyber attack through employee training [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update: August 2015 [CTA]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe releases DigitalGlobe Maps API for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Rise awarded $16.9 million by FCC to offer broadband in rural areas [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire to triple size, move headquarters to Boulder’s new PearlWest [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #101: Jobs, Growth and New Funding

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The final judging for Go Code Colorado is this Thursday. This marks the end of 2 1/2 straight months of trying to squeeze my life in between learning, coding and learning and coding. It has made me rethink a few things. I still love making 1s and 0s do all the things I just might have finally figured out how I want to do that.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps raises $2.6 million in new funding [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s NextLight fastest Internet service in U.S. [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based JAB rolls five brands into Rise Broadband, plows $30 million into network [DenverPost]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Broomfield: Webroot [Tech+]
  • Colorado Springs software company’s growth leads to bigger digs [Gazette]
  • EXCLUSIVE: Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs [DBJ]
  • IBM and Denver’s AlchemyAPI Announce AlchemyData News API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder-based Kapost raises $10.25M, opening new Pearl Street office [BuiltinColorado]
  • Nine tips for nailing an awesome internship [QuickLeft]
  • Workforce development will give Coloradans training for hard-to-fill tech jobs [ColoradoIndependent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #97: The Force is Strong in Colorado

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3 different stories about California tech companies bringing at least part of the operations to Colorado in one week, an entire tech startup community full of people who do or do not,  new Star Wars droid thanks to a Boulder company, aerospace’s biggest show in Colorado Springs and I’m pretty sure a week doesn’t go by that you can’t find a wookie somewhere in the state. Add that to our large aerospace industry and other futuristic work in digital health, energy and robotics and we’re a canteen full of alien outlaws with really catchy music away from being Mos Eisley.

Also I may be excited about the newest Star Wars trailer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 27 tech companies named Top Workplaces of 2015 [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital announces $30M in funding, expanding in Europe [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud raises $3.2M funding round [BizWest]
  • California-based SnapLogic hiring for new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Does Google want you? Here’s what they’re searching for in Boulder [DBJ]
  • Zayo Group opens new data center in downtown Denver [DBJ]
  • San Francisco-based Recurly to open Boulder office, hire 30 by end of year [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s health exchange to spend $5.1M on IT fix [DBJ]
  • A look at Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, aerospace’s big show [DBJ]
  • Boulder bot a force in new ‘Star Wars’ entry [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #91: Acquisitions and jobs come and go

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Local company, Arrow Electronics, acquires a company. Local company, Alchemy API gets acquired by a company. DigitalGlobe to cut 150+ jobs. Innosphere helped create 150+ jobs. The sun rises. The sun sets. There’s a zen kind of feeling to this week’s headlines… unless you’re one of the 155 employees of DigitalGlobe. Then it’s more of a shaking-your-fist kind of headline. Time for me to get back to homework. Here’s your headlines…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Tech group exploring format change, seeking new venue [BizWest]
  • Longmont satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe cutting 155 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Placeable hires digital industry veteran Jonathan Ewert as president [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks — for now [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics acquires distributor ImmixGroup [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘Internet of Everything’ thought leader joins Denver-based BuildingDNA’s Board of Directors [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s AlchemyAPI acquired by IBM Watson Group [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based health-care technology group, Prime Health Collaborative, expanding into Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • 2014 was a very successful year for the Fort Collins Innosphere incubator with 179 high-paying jobs created [InnovatioNews]
  • Supreme Court clears the way for challenge to Colorado ‘Amazon tax’ [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #82: Let’s get 2015 going

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It’s the first full week of 2015! The kids go back to school this week. The holidays are wrapped up ( Get it? “Wrapped up” cuz there were presents and… ok you know what, nevermind) and it’s time to set our sights on the new year!

With some time off between classes, I have two projects I want to get going. I’ve started a Ruby app to clean up the list of accounts I’m following on Twitter. It’s not pretty code, but it works and it’s a start. Because of it, I found that over 1000 of the accounts I follow haven’t had any activity in over 6 months which is a little crazy. I’m also making an app to make report writing easier on the cops I work with.

2015 is also the year I get out and start meeting people! I’ll be at the CTA C-Level volunteer kick-off next Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

What do you have going on for 2015?

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo Group CEO Dan Caruso discloses re-emergence of cancer [DBJ]
  • Steve Porter looks back on year filled with new innovation, new investment and new incubation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder mom and daughter kick off iPhone case company at CES [TechKnowBytes]
  • 5 Colorado startups to help you make the most out of 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Suma Nallapati, Colorado Secretary of Technology [InnovatioNews]
  • 5 cutting edge tech companies making Colorado their second home [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado AG reaches $2M settlement with Douglas County-based Dish over price hikes [DBJ]
  • Denver’s FullContact introduces Version 2.0 for Java [FullContact]
  • Golden-based NREL provides support for microgrid projects aimed at reducing electric grid outages [InnovatioNews]
  • Zayo’s IPO, Datalogix, Orion Launch Highlight Last Quarter of ’14 [Xconomy]

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Dev News Weekly #4: Where there are 10 stories, no more, no less

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I have a hard and fast rule for myself when it comes to my Dev News Weekly and Colorado Tech Weekly posts: There will be 10 stories, no more, no less. 10 shall be the number of stories, and the number of stories shall be 10. 11 stories there shall not be, neither should there be 9, excepting that when there is one more to make 10.

This week was especially difficult to narrow all the stories down to 10. No wonder so many people narrow their blogs down to specific languages and frameworks. It’s a little mind-blowing to keep track of it all. I eventually ended up getting frustrated and picking stories that had the word “developer” in the headline. Speaking of frustrating, I realized that I haven’t written any code since I started this news letter. I see little green squares in my near future…and Monty Python.

Developer News

  • We don’t need new image formats: Mozilla works to build a better JPEG [ArsTechnica]
  • Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says [ComputerWorld]
  • Apple and IBM want you to use an iPhone at work, please [ArsTechnica]
  • Google offers up a free crash course in Android development [TechCrunch]
  • Net neutrality comments flood FCC, crashing site as deadline extended [ReCode]
  • Microsoft seeks developer partners for mobile-first, cloud-first world [eWeek]
  • Microsoft merges developer resources for Windows Store and Windows Phone, adds 21 new payout markets [TheNextWeb]
  • Developers and Apple open up on new Swift programming language [ZDNet]
  • Amazon sets sights on snagging mobile developers [InfoWorld]
  • Microsoft slashing up to 18,000 jobs [DBJ]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

static.squarespace.comThe Application Developers Alliance is one of the first good, general sources I found for development. It is “a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.” It’s geared a little more towards the developer as a business person crowd so if you wonder about ROI as much as you wonder about TDD, then this could be a good group for you.

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