Colorado Tech Weekly #81: Crystal Ball. Lego Block. Business Triangle?

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I was trying to go for some sort of shape theme for my headline. I’m not sure I did it right.  I’m not sure I did it right.I don’t know about you, but my living room is a mess with new Legos. It’s that weird “work week” between Christmas and New Years where you can’t get any momentum to get things accomplished but you don’t feel right bringing your new Sega Genesis emulator to work and just playing around all day either.

I hope your holidays were filled with better than expected family time, gifts and reactions to gifts. Since focusing on the present is difficult let’s look into the future with 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015:

  1. WellTok gets some local competition in health tech: Welltok seems to be the Colorado leader in healthcare tech in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, wearables, security fears and better cloud services health tech will change a lot but will not grow in a huge way. This will allow smaller and newer companies to step in to the health tech industry.
  2. Colorado’s information security industry doubles: Looking through my 2014 posts I mentioned over a dozen Colorado-based information security companies. I didn’t realize there were so many! The 2014 headlines about chain-store security breaches,state-sponsored industrial espionage, and NSA overreach is putting the focus on information security and these Colorado companies will benefit greatly.
  3. “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize: In 2014 Galvanize expanded to Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. Its growth not only kept up with the pace of the growth of the startup community, it probably also helped to push the expansion of Colorado’s startup community. In 2015 the next big thing will come from Galvanize. I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be cool.

Happy New Year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The road to municipal Internet: Boulder benefits from Longmont’s journey [DailyCamera]
  • FASTG8 launched in Carbondale by Adconion founder Tyler Moebius to help retailers drive online shopping [InnovatioNews]
  • iTriage, StackExchange, Quick Left and Sovrn are a few of the Colorado startups giving back this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • The top 3 digital marketing and social media trends in 2015 [Room214]
  • Golden-based NREL’s Peregrine supercomputer honored by two magazines with Editor’s Choice awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Oracle to buy Denver’s Datalogix, expand in online advertising services [DBJ]
  • Bike to work? CDOT to expand Colorado website with local trail information [DBJ]
  • Hour of Code opens window for students across Douglas County [YourHub]
  • Denver-based PaySimple gathers the best small business predictions for 2015 [PaySimple]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity hires Ed Murray, David Packer to lead company in engineering and sales [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #70: The spirit of cooperation stays true

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If you have spent any time in the business networking world (networking with people, not machines), you’ve seen dishonest enthusiasm. You’ve seen the mouth-only smiles, heard the distracted golf claps and felt the half-assed handshakes when announcing good news about your company. While I only have an outsider’s online view of the Colorado tech community right now, when I do see enthusiasm for other peoples’ news it appears to be genuine enthusiasm! It’s a great thing to see!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Kindara releases Wink app to build on its technology for managing fertility [InnovatioNews]
  • Boston’s Iron Mountain acquires Denver software firm Fontis International [DBJ]
  • 7 fast growing Colorado tech companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Distinguished technology companies join NCWIT in inspiring women in computing [NCWIT]
  • Local impacts in Ft. Collins and Boulder from Hewlett-Packard split are unclear [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire lands $82 million to expand flash memory in data centers [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Lassy Project highlights Techstars Demo Day [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Springs entrepreneurs trying to restart local tech industry [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group ready to face Wall Street as IPO commences [DBJ]
  • Speakers announced for Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Conference [CTA]

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10 links to get you ready for Denver Startup Week

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Monday is the beginning of the 2014 Denver Startup Week. This is DSW’s third iteration and it’s turning into quite the big deal. In the spirit of my Colorado Tech Weekly posts, here are 10 links from local tech news sources and companies to get you ready for this week!

10 Awesome Denver Startup Week Links

  • What makes Colorado startups unique? [DBJ]
  • A Denver Startup Week guide for First-Timers [CommerceKitchen]
  • What’s happening at Galvanize during Denver Startup Week! [Galvanize]
  • Denver Startup Week: The Importance Celebration! [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech Cocktail hypes Denver Startup Week [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech, Networking, and Beer: A quick guide for Denver Startup Week [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • DSW Startup Crawl Preview: 12 startups reveal their hiring & planned hoopla [BuiltinColorado]
  • The New Signpost and Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]

Colorado Tech Weekly #54: $53.1M of funding, some rare bad news and the best network of IT women in the country

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I’m excited about the strong, growing network of IT women in Colorado. The National Center for Women & Information Technology is based in Boulder. CTA’s Women in Tech event was a big success. There is a GDI (Girl Develop It) Boulder chapter and a newly launched GDI Fort Collins chapter (but no GDI Denver chapter yet?). Things are looking good for my 10 year old daughter who wants to follow in, and improve upon, her father’s footsteps.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Scott McNealy’s Denver-based social startup Wayin raises another $12 million [TechKnowBytes]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements closes $3.1M a round to make app integration easier [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Galvanize CEO opens up about $18M round, plan to create Ed startup [Xconomy]
  • Centennial-based Pixorial announces July 18 shutdown after seven years of operation [InnovatioNews]
  • Women in Tech event in Littleton draws 550 female tech leaders to gain insight, inspiration, networking [InnovatioNews]
  • INterview with Mike Freeman, CEO of Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Innosphere [InnovatioNews]
  • With $20 million round, Denver-based Ibotta will double employee base [BuiltinColorado]
  • Attracted to the strong tech scene, Twentyseven Global expands to Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s fast-growing startups of 2014 – and how to get a job at them [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 buying TW Telecom in $5.7B deal [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #44: Beer, Startups and Can a Technology Blog Go Without Mentioning the Heartbleed Bug?

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I almost made it without mentioning the Heartbleed bug, but when I saw that Denver-based Accuvant released a paper with recommendations for it, I had to include it. This week, if you talk about technology, you’ll talk about Heartbleed. If you talk about technology in Colorado, you’ll talk about startups. And if you talk about startups in Colorado you will talk about beer. There, I feel I’ve justified my title to this post now.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s gSchool announces first classes on web design and its’ newest instructor, Matthew Leach [Galvanize]
  • Denver-based Closely picks up $3M in Series A funding round led by Growtech Ventures [InnovatioNews]
  • Accuvant releases paper to help organizations defend against Heartbleed Bug security risk [InnovatioNews]
  • 31 Colorado Startups Raised Over $85M in Q1 of 2014 [BuiltInColorado]
  • Mmmm, craft beer: Boulder-based ShipCompliant launches automated beer compliance software for growing craft brewing industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s RxRevu closes initial funding to keep saving patients money [BuiltinColorado]
  • Jim Breyer, backer of Facebook, Spotify and other startups, invests in Westminster-based Datalogix [DBJ]
  • Telecommunications reform package moves to Colorado Senate after House approval [DBJ]
  • Greewood Village-based Microsoft consultant mcaConnect acquires SalesMetrix of Texas [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based UQM Technologies chairman Rankin retires; ex-Ball Aerospace CEO to step in [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #43: Life, the Universe and Everything Plus One

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The number 42 always inspires Douglas Adams puns from me, For the life of me I can’t figure out why I missed out on such a great pun opportunity last week. I suppose I was too nervous about the Hour of Hardware event I was running at my daughter’s elementary school. It went great! The kids seemed to have a great time and the computers we used all worked after all the students left. You can read my review of the event here.

The news I read about the tech industry inspires and motivates me and it’s nice to pass that inspiration on to others.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Durango-based Mercury Payment Systems goes for $100M IPO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 and Elemental team to demonstrate world’s first real-time 4K Ultra HD streaming system [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck Returns From Google’s Inaugural Demo Day With $100K [Xconomy]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles 5 amazing women developers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Is startup life a fit for you? BuiltinColorado provides insight into 4 local startup jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Open source thrives in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based MassRoots, a social app for cannabis users, gains $475K in follow-up funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado companies Dish Network and Arrow Electronics named to InformationWeek Elite 100 [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Mobile Accord helped U.S. start covert Twitter-like service to stoke dissent in Cuba, says AP (Video) [DBJ]
  • Congrats to the GoCodeColorado Challenge Weekend Finalists [GoCodeColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #38: C-Level at Mile High and Promising Futures

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This week brings us yet another COLORADO ONLY CTW post! It always makes me happy when this happens. This Thursday I get to volunteer at the CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. I’m really looking forward to it! I’m sure I will be completely overwhelmed. I hope to see you there.

I curate these posts not only to keep myself informed, but also to keep myself motivated and after seeing all the exciting things brewing in Colorado I wish I could start applying for developer positions right now. Patience is a hard thing to have, but it’s nice that there’s plenty of news to keep me motivated.

Top News

  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2014 celebrities for C-Level @ A Mile High [CTA]
  • Congratulations for Boulder’s LogRhythm for earning two awards for security intelligence from Cyber Defense Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado selected for National Advanced Manufacturing Technology Sites [COIN]
  • Boulder-based startup Ramen raises cash for crowd-funding and collaboration software [Xconomy]
  • New Tech’s Febuary Wrap Up [BDNT]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe acquires Spatial Energy, expands its geospatial info platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend invites app developers to compete for $50K in prizes [InnovatioNews]
  • 6 Months In: What’s Going on at Boulder’s RefactorU? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s ‘Amazon Tax’ won’t tax Amazon.com, it turns out [DBJ]
  • Colorado investors may get tax credits for backing advanced industries [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #24: Plans for the future. Awards for the past

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This is another Colorado-only edition of CTW! I love when this happens!

I really like reporting on awards won by local technology companies for 2 reasons. The first reason is it’s just fun to tell people “Congratulations” for their hard work. The second reason is it gives me an idea of which companies I should apply for once I have some skills. I also really like hearing about long term plans from companies because I don’t plan on being hirable for 2 years. Enjoy the short week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top News

  • Denver-based BiggerPockets CEO Dorkin talks about ‘Going all in’ [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fueled by a recent acquisition and a supercomputer, Denver-based WellTok is changing the healthcare game [BuiltinColorado]
  • Congratulations to Ascent Award winners from Communications Technology Professionals: AudioAir for Most Innovative Company, Ajubeo for XaaS Company of the Year and Level 3 for Biggest Impact on Colorado [CTP]
  • A “restructuring” at Trada, Inc. 5000′s fastest growing private company in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • SGI racks up six top honors in 2013 HPCwire Readers and Editors Choice Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • To SpotXchange’s co-founders, it’s a long-term view to reach global success [BuiltinColorado]
  • First Data Corp. to cut 550 jobs in metro Denver [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech execs want to hire, but they worry about talent [DBJ]
  • Five infographics to give you the run down on Colorado companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • KidsTek partners with a volunteer from Carbon8 help North High students learn and apply web design and marketing principles [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #14: Awards (and rain), prizes (and rain) and fancy new things (and rain)

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Last week I got to go to the CTA APEX Conference in Denver. It was an amazing experience that every CS and CIS student should have and students should do it BEFORE graduating. I’ll write about that more in a separate blog post later this week.

My hopes and thoughts go to everyone affected by the massive flooding in my state. If you want to help out, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.

Local News

  • Congrats to the APEX award winners including Cloud Elements, Connect First, iTriage, and the Colorado Office of Information Technology [CTA]
  • Rach.io takes top startup prize for APEX Challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • BDNT debuts their Freelancer Search Engine [BDNT]
  • Greenwood Village-based ViaWest gets tax incentives to continue expansion [DBJ]
  • Raytheon’s GPS III satellite control software developed in Aurora passes crucial test [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence raises $5M [DBJ]

National News

  • iPhone 5S is amazing, but no one is impressed [Xconomy]
  • Twitter goes public [DenverPost]
  • Opera unveils new iPad browser, Coast [TechCrunch]
  • Microsoft introduces their own personal assistance, Cortana [ZDNet]

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