Colorado Tech Weekly #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #212: DinosaurJS, Sharepoint Fest and Game Developers at Denver Comic Con

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I love reading event reviews mainly for the simple fact that I can rarely go to events. This week I am happy to promote local reviews from Cuttlesoft about DinosaurJS and from Greystone Tech about SharePoint Fest. Also we get a quick word about the game developers at Denver Comic Con from Denverite. It’s great! I love it. I hope to see more event reviews in the future!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Takeaways from DinosaurJS 2017 [Cuttlesoft]
  • Erik Mitisek leaving University of Denver to join IMA’s insurance-tech startup [DenverPost]
  • Tech firm TapInfluence bids farewell to Denver, moves headquarters to Silicon Valley [DenverPost]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft gives $25.8 million to expand Colorado workforce training program [DBJ]
  • Ibotta expands (again!) by doubling office space in downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • SharePoint Fest 2017 [Greystone]
  • A behind-the-scenes look at 4 of the coolest offices in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con showcases a slew of indie gamemakers hailing from the Front Range [Denverite]
  • Behind the scenes with one of Denver’s most influential entrepreneurs: Luke Beatty [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #173: Developers As People

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I keep waiting for the week I mess up on my count of CTW posts, but Week #173 isn’t that time!

Every post I share is because I like it and/or I think it’s important news. It’s a pretty simple setup. This week I especially like 2 posts from BuiltinColorado by Jess Ryan that highlight Colorado software developers. The posts aren’t just about the tech or statistics about tech jobs, they show how to be as a developer. They’re awesome! it makes me wonder how I want to be as a developer.

Our companies and our community are nothing more than a collection of people. It sounds stupid simple when I say it out loud but it can be an easy thing to forget. Each of us affect our community not just with what we produce, but with how we be.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Review: Boulder’s Sphero Force Band will get Star Wars BB-8 to do your bidding [DenverPost]
  • TechRIoT delivers ‘Yellow Brick Road’ to 8 graduating IoT startups [TechRIoT]
  • Denver-based MassRoots lays off staff, defaults on debt [DBJ]
  • With $8.5M Series A, Denver’s Guild Education will expand services to help more adults learn [BuiltinColorado]
  • From nail art to karaoke, these 13 Colorado tech employees do more than work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s CANVAS Technology breaks out of stealth, revealing just what their robots do [BuiltinColorado]
  • Rep. Jared Polis launches bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus [InnovatioNews]
  • How 7 Colorado developers handle big pushes [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week Recap from a Denver Gazelle [MindAptiv]
  • 20 years ago, communications satellite gave a boost to Littleton-based Lockheed [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #169: Startups, EdTech and Cybersecurity

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I could rename Colorado Tech Weekly “Startups, EdTech and Cybersecurity Weekly” but that’s a little long. We could even have multiple newsletters! Tech is a big tent. There could be a Colorado Startup Weekly (there was for a few weeks a long time ago), a Colorado EdTech Weekly, a Colorado Cybersecurity Weekly. Then there’s IoT, aerospace, biotech, gamedev and probably at least 5 other Colorado tech communities that could support a weekly newsletter. It’s awesome!

Speaking of weeks, next week is Denver Startup Week which has turned into a great big deal. I’ll be there on Tuesday and I look forward to meeting you in the real world. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Stryd: Heck yeah, we’re from Boulder [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 warns of internet ‘attack of things;’ your cameras, DVRs are at risk [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado companies advocating for causes they care about [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm captures $50M to continue fighting cybercrime [BuiltinColorado]
  • ITT Tech stops enrolling new students after feds shut off financial aid [DenverPost]
  • From game nights to Fitbits, here are 6 Colorado companies’ wellness initiatives [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Ibotta leads the way to the app-to-app economy [DBJ]
  • PC magazine ranks Longmont third nationally for internet speeds [BizWest]
  • 5th annual — and still free — Denver Startup Week getting ready to start Sept. 12 [DenverPost]
  • Colorado adds academic spokes to existing cybersecurity hub [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #151: The Nuts and Bolts of Bits and Bytes

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I love learning the ins and outs of how things work. This is why I am pursuing a Computer Science degree as opposed to going to a coding school. I don’t want to just learning how to write good code, I like learning how that code interacts with hardware and networks and all the interactions that happen when I press a button on my keyboard that saves a character in a database on my website. This interest in all the things has gotten in my way as much as it’s propelled me to learn.

Last month I successfully tempered my desire to know all the things and created a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department to keep track of Trespass Notices. This week I start my Computer Organization and Architecture 400-level course at Regis University so I will need to feed of that desire to understand all the things. I’m a little bit intimidated by the course but I’m also really looking forward to it.

This week a few of the headlines dive into how things work which is really cool and is why I love doing these blog posts! The headlines include behind the scenes at Havenly, new ways to produce electron currents from CSU, a look into office culture with music and a peek into the interview process from StatusPage.io.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Accurence moving to new Louisville facility [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be an engineer for Denver’s Havenly [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage goes all out: Integrations to hundreds of online business applications now available [CTA]
  • Ibotta Milestones: Our New Denver Headquarters [Ibotta]
  • CSU research reveals new way to produce electron currents, power devices [InnovatioNews]
  • Fusion partners With Boulder-based Rapt Media to reinvent investigative news [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder’s Stream raises $1.75M seed round [Stream]
  • Colorado tech’s office anthems [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero takes top prize at Edison Awards for Star Wars’ BB-8 droid [DenverPost]
  • How and why StatusPage.io uses coding challenges to interview developers [StatusPage.io]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #121: Hey! You put Startups in my Tech!

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Hey! There’s tech in my startups!

I’ve come to the conclusion there is no way to pay attention to Colorado tech news without diving in deep to the Colorado startup news. They’re completely intertwined. Last week was Denver Startup Week, this coming weekend is Western Colorado Startup Weekend and the amount of technology-centric businesses involved with these events is amazing. They are great ways to find out what is going on in the Colorado tech community.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • ULA notches 100th straight successful space launch [DBJ]
  • SendGrid listed as one of the most popular APIs used at hackathons [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Denver-based Ibotta announces $40M in new funding, a big new office and tons of hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s fast-growing tech startups cautiously optimistic [DenverPost]
  • 10,000 people registered for Denver Startup Week Events [CTA]
  • Denver-based Active Junky acquired by New York-based Purch [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Evolving Systems acquires Sixth Sense Media for $10M [InnovatioNews]
  • Qualcomm laying off 158 in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Signpost, FareHarbor, ZenPayroll talk growth at Denver Startup Week [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup (end of the) Week winner roundup & resources [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #96: My Team is a GoCodeColorado Finalist!

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I signed up for GoCodeColorado because I like the spirit of the competition and just to try out my programming skills outside of homework. I figured it would be a good first experience, a good way to see what a hackathon is like. I ended up in a dynamic, diverse team that is one of 2 finalist groups from the Denver GoCodeColorado challenge!

Our idea is called MentorMatter. The site will make it easy for college students to connect with potential industry mentors. If you want to see some of the reasons why this idea is such a success for Colorado, just check out the first 2 top technology headlines.

If I thought I was excited and scared last week, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Thanks for the good luck last week! WE WON!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The simple secret to Colorado’s startup community success [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Giving back to improve education [CTA]
  • Colorado offers money for 903 new jobs — and may land Accuvant HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver startup ProtectWise uses cloud to create safety in numbers [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Tech Download April – C-Level wraps while our Foundation kicks off its summer internship program [CTA]
  • 8 Colorado tech companies you should intern with [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software adds Elizabeth Salomon as CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s data-centers tax break still alive, student-loan repayment tax break dead [DBJ]
  • The 10 highest paying programming languages: Ten more reasons to learn to code [DaVinciCoders]
  • Webolutions named top Denver website design agency for 14th straight year [Webolutions]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #84: Boggled by big numbers

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I hope you had a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday. After the reactions to events in Missouri, New York and Ohio in the past 6 months MLK’s words and ideas are as important now as they ever were.

In the interest of brevity and comprehension we often abbreviate numbers when talking about large amounts of money. I wonder if seeing all the zeros associated with these large sums will change our understanding:

  • Level 3 is planning a $500,000,000 debt offering.
  • Latisys just got purchased for $675,000,000.
  • Last quarter saw $342,200,000 venture capital deals in Colorado with $134,056,000 of that money going to tech companies.

That’s a lot of zeros. I’m not sure writing out the numbers helped my comprehension at all.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2014 CEO of the Year finalists include CEOs from 7 Colorado tech companies [CoBizMag]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 plans $500M debt offering [BizWest]
  • Why Boulder’s Zayo is Paying $675M for Latisys [DatacenterKnowledge]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed Martin exemplifies 2 themes in Hickenlooper’s State of the State address [DBJ]
  • Vail cell, wireless service improved [VailDaily]
  • Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas [DBJ]
  • Boulder companies dominate Colorado’s 4th-quarter VC deals [BizWest]
  • Wayin Powers Gov. Hickenlooper’s #StateOfKind Challenge [Wayin]
  • CenturyLink realigns execs, continues pokey roll out of 1 gig Internet in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Denver scores No. 6 ranking on NerdWallet list of ‘Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2015′ [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #76: A tech drive and 100 companies

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“Hi” to everyone I met at the RefactorU job fair! It was a good event. I highly suggest anyone looking into changing careers into tech to go to a job fair and ask questions. It’s amazing how helpful recruiters are. It makes sense though, the better prepared job-seekers are the easier it should be for recruiters.

Please make sure you check out the link to the Open World Learning tech drive! I was excited to see that most of the companies listed in the Top 100 digital employers post have been mentioned in Colorado Tech Weekly. For those I haven’t mentioned, I’m looking forward to learning about you!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cognizant completes purchase of Douglas County-based TriZetto [DBJ]
  • APEX Conference showcased leadership, innovation and culture for company growth [CTA]
  • Ibotta and Best Buy offer customers cash back on their electronics this holiday shopping season [Ibotta]
  • Boulder-based Flashback Technologies closes on $2M Series A round [InnovatioNews]
  • Feed your drive for tech this Thanksgiving [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects’ LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer named Most Maker Machine by Make: magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield’s Return Path acquires e-commerce data analysis firm, adds data and digital veteran to executive team [ReturnPath]
  • Colorado sees tech job growth, but also a need to prepare future workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Twentyseven Global to award a Denver health IT startup With $25,000 tech investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Garrett Reim lists the top 100 digital employers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

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