Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #172: More Phsyical-to-Digital Comparisons

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I took time off work so I could spend all day Saturday sanding drywall and all day yesterday painting ceilings. I have half-assed my homework and have not written any code since… well it’s been a while. But this week’s CTW post is going up because I take immense pride in the fact that it has been going for 172 consecutive weeks!

Here are a few more things I’ve learned while working on my home:

  1. Changing the back-end is difficult and fraught with unforeseen problems. We had foundation issues with our house. They lifted the foundation, but the basement floor didn’t lift. Then they attempted to lift the basement floor but it started to crack. Hopefully today they will lift the floor and make it work. Whether you’re dealing with the foundation of a house or the underlying code of an application, things will be difficult.
  2. The front-end takes meticulous attention to detail and, while not as structurally important as back-end work, still takes a lot of work. Since we had tore up our carpet in the basement, we used this as an opportunity to get rid of the ugly popcorn ceiling we had. I scraped it off, then had to patch and sand to make the ceiling appear smooth. This took a lot of work and attention to detail. Whether you are painting a wall or ceiling or changing the look of an application, know that there will be many adjustments made to make sure it looks good.

I hope you, and I, have a great week. Wish us luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield’s Webroot expands with CyberFlow Analytics purchase [DBJ]
  • How Developers Led Denver-based SendGrid to Its JSON Driven API Request Payloads [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder’s Foundry Group’s newest fund closes at $500M [DBJ]
  • CU-Boulder and Westminster-based DigitalGlobe partner to advance research innovation locally, worldwide [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave partners with Resilio for enhanced data transfer, management [InnovatioNews]
  • How paid internships benefit startups as much as students [BuiltinColorado]
  • 10 Colorado startups shaking up the healthcare industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed wins $395 million Air Force order for two GPS satellites [DBJ]
  • JavaOne 2016 Recap [FreeWave]
  • KidsTek Receives Generous Donation from Denver’s FORTRUST [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #139: Startups, cabs, sprinklers, Super Bowl ad and jobs

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Every week I do this I am blown away by all the amazing things we do with technology in Colorado. Half the time I stare at my screen, dumbfounded, trying to find a way to summarize all 10 stories into one coherent summary. I usually can’t find a way to summarize so I just find another subject to talk about that’s somewhat related to at least one article. Or I just ramble about not knowing what to say… like this.

Hey did you hear I am now doing a podcast version of Colorado Tech Weekly? You can find individual episodes on Soundcloud, you can subscribe to the podcast here and you can support the show on Patreon.

I record the shows Monday afternoons and I would love to hear your opinions on the headlines so I can include them in the podcast. So send your opinions, comments or random obscenities to feedback@coloradotechweekly.com.

Podcast Version:

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech brought in more than $15M in January: here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder County Yellow Cabs get makeover, technology upgrade [DailyCamera]
  • 8 Colorado IoT companies leading the charge to a connected future [BuiltinColorado]
  • Greenwood Village-based zvelo secures $2.75M from Cypress Growth Capital to meet demand for services [InnovatioNews]
  • Find your perfect match: 6 companies hiring like crazy this February [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech news roundup: Denver-based Rachio’s new product, Denver a top STEM city and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications profit, revenue rise [DenverPost]
  • Colorado attorney general issues warning about tech support scams [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Elevation Digital Media points Douglas County-based Arrow the way to the future with Super Bowl spot [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Third annual Fort Collins Startup Week wraps on a high note for numbers of attendees, sessions [InnovatioNews]

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Last week I shared a link to a Denver Business Journal article about Cloud Elements revenues for 2015 but it was a subscriber only link. If you couldn’t read it, here’s the same news straight from Cloud Elements.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #104: If I already knew how to do it, it wouldn’t be called learning

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This week my Computation Theory homework kicked my ass. I learned there are 2 ways to find the intersection of 2 languages. There’s the hard way and the easy way. Without realizing until the end of the week, I had chosen to use the hard way to do my homework. Sometimes that’s how you learn. I always tell my daughter this when she’s struggling with homework so I might as well tell myself:

“If you already knew how to do it, it would’t be called learning.”

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Trendy tech bootcamps reach out to veterans, with support from VA [DenverPost]
  • Making the most of the midlevel: Tech community goes beyond startups [DenverPost]
  • Englewood-based IHS reappoints Jerre Stead as CEO following resignation of Scott Key [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings Colorado coders and developers need to check out [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Download – APEX Awards nominations are open + Join our Foundation’s internship cohort [CTA]
  • Force is Strong With Boulder-based Orbotix: $45M in Funding from Mercato, Disney [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Layer3’s pay TV service to launch this year, raises $51 million [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue [BizWest]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot sees 40% growth to small, medium biz users [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #88: Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer

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For once, I feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. Many of this week’s articles point out great things about the software developer job market in Colorado. We have 4 cities ranked among the ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs’. The Denver Metro area is number one in aerospace employment. Software companies continue to succeed. Code schools and colleges are improving their developer education. All around, Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2015 Colorado tech job salary guide: How does your salary stack up? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Apple changes cannabis policies; Denver-based MassRoots returns to App Store! [MassRoots]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic Group coding apprenticeships aim to close workforce gap [BoulderDailyCamera]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Aventura raises $14M, T3Media announces new executives, SendGrid announces new app [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA seeking silent auction donations for C-Level [CTA]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders launching new JavaScript beginner course starting April 13 [InnovatioNews]
  • FCC, FTC chiefs urge Internet openness, security at CU conference [BizWest]
  • NerdWallet: Four Colorado cities among nation’s ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs,’ 8 of Top 10 in West [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: Denver Metro region ranks No. 1 in aerospace employment [InnovatioNews]
  • The Colorado guide to jumpstarting your coding career [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #53: Not Just For Startups and My Off-By-One Error

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Today marks my one year anniversary of my first CTW post. NOW it’s been one whole year of blogging about the Colorado technology community! Woohoo! I attribute my confusion to the wonderful off-by-one error.

Four of this week’s stories are about businesses and organizations that are not startups. Could I do a CTW post without mentioning startups? Not likely! And why would I want to? Startups are some of the most entertaining, newsworthy companies to follow!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based SendGrid adds automatic email encryption [TechRockies]
  • Loveland’s DataTraks to manage Transportation Technology Center’s track flaw detection system [InnovatioNews]
  • Don’t Be a Technical Dummy – Interview with Bart Lorang of Denver-based FullContact [uGurus]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe receives approval from feds to sell its highest-quality Earth satellite imagery [InnovatioNews]
  • Stealthy Denver-based cloud-based security startup ProtectWise raises $14.1M [Xconomy]
  • Rally launches three new solutions from Boulder to help improve performance, achieve business agility [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Occipital builds first-ever 3D scanner for mobile devices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Zayo Group to hire over 150 and open Denver office in LoDo [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 Insights from 3 C-levels leading Colorado’s connected device industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic in Englewood brings together tech Leaders to support KidsTek [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO

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With my blog approaching on year of consistency I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some advertising to cover some costs so this week’s headlines are perfect!

Next week will be my 52nd CTW post. That’s one year of weekly posts! I feel a little strange approaching this milestone because half of me wants to make it a big deal, but the other half knows this is still just the beginning. I’m definitely going to have to do a recap post about it though to figure out if I’m still doing what I meant to do.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s FirstBank updates mobile app with FirstGlance, other new features [TechKnowBytes]
  • Governor Hickenlooper names Suma Nallapati as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer [CTA]
  • “Girl Develop It” to launch in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based DISH to become first pay-TV and largest company to accept Bitcoin payment [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Datalogix lands $45 million as IPO rumors rise [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the growth of 3 thriving Colorado adtech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 new Boulder startups to look out for this quarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Opensource and Python development with Ivy Hastings of Fusionbox [BuiltinColorado]
  • New Tech May wrap up [BDNT]
  • KidsTek students in Denver prepare for Swiftie.U [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #36: Online video innovation. Leadership changes. Student support.

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Two of this week’s national stories have to do with supporting students who want to become software developers. As one of those students it brings up the internal (eternal?) argument between traditional and non-traditional education programs. I got burned by a non-traditional school which is why I’ve decided to go back to a more well-established school in Regis University. That is not to say I am against non-traditional programs such as the DaVinci Coders program in Louisville and gSchool at Galvanize in Denver, but if you’re considering jumping into the software development field it’s something you should spend some time considering.

Local News

  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Way to Go unveil first-of-its-kind trip planning tool [YourHub]
  • Denver app maker Welltok raises $22 million, featuring first investment from IBM’s Watson Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based Rapt Media releases Site Pairing technology to transform customer online media experience [InnovatioNews]
  • Evergreen-based Wowza launches Wowza Streaming Engine software to improve performance [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association elects Molly Rauzi as its 2014 board chair [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s RoundPegg selects Kevin Grauman as its new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 CEO addresses NSA spying revelations, impact on business [DBJ]

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National News

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says next move on net neutrality will come soon [TechKnowBytes]
  • How Facebook’s Open Academy helps students to become better software engineers [TheNextWeb]
  • GitHub introduces new discounts to support student coders [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #26: Celebration, Education and Information

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 26th weekly post. What does that mean? It’s another milestone! I’ve now been doing these posts for half a year and I still enjoy it.

Speaking of weeks, this week is Computer Science Education Week and I get to celebrate it by volunteering at Mortensen Elementary (my daughter’s school) to help out with their Hour of Code program on Tuesday. I’m very excited!

Speaking of Tuesday, this Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day makes it really easy to donate to local charities by putting all the information in one place. You can get more information on 2 of my favorite charities here: Colorado FIRST and KidsTek.

Speaking of information, here’s what happened in the past week and what’s going on into next week.

Local News

  • A look at Colorado government’s shift to Google, one year later [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Photobucket: Web traffic numbers show 28% increase since site relaunch in Spring [InnovatioNews]
  • Tech Tuesday: Hot startups in Colorado including FlexJobs, HealthGrades and SeedPaths [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm granted patent for architectural foundation of its AI Engine [InnovatioNews]
  • Ex-Googlers that live and work among Colorado’s digital community [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s T3Media wins Department of Defense contract with strength of metadata tagging [BuiltinColorado]

National News

  • SimCity wants to be the killer app of the classroom [Washington Post]
  • Salesforce Adds $1M prize in disputed hackathon [AdWeek]
  • Intel makes another acquisition: Hacker League, A platform for hackathons, is now a part of Mashery [TechCrunch]
  • House passes Innovation Act by vote of 325-91: a small solution to a big patent problem [GigaOm]

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #25: Tryptophantastic

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This year was the first year I was in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. I’m thinking of putting it on my resume as proof of my project management skills. If you’ve never done this, the last 20 minutes or so before dinner, you are coordinating the preparation of 4 different side dishes while finishing up the turkey and setting the table using friends and family as volunteers. Nothing says holiday fun like dancing with 3 other people in a small kitchen while holding sharp knives and hot pans! I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Seamless Toy introduces Atoms, the latest robotic toy from Colorado [Xconomy]
  • KidsTek and COMPASS work together in Aurora schools [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Home automation startup Revolv lands $4 million in funding, led by Foundry Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • RoundPegg announces $2.8M fundraising round to beef up sales and marketing efforts [InnovatioNews]
  • Innovation Pavilion, Maverick Software partner to match firms with computer students [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Kindara raises $370K to develop app and expand team, hopes to raise $380K more this year [InnovatioNews]
  • Retired Air Force General Lindell named by Hickenlooper to be state’s aerospace and defense champion [InnovatioNews]
  • NSA may have accessed Google and Yahoo user data via Broomfield-based Level 3’s network [TechKnowBytes]

National News

  • Google moves to attract Chromecast developers [ComputerWorld]
  • Microsoft Now Shipping Kinect For Windows Preview Kits To “Thousands” Of Developers [TechCrunch]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.