Colorado Tech Weekly #227: Influencing Tech News and Forgetting Makers

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I like to think that these posts and the news I share on social media from Colorado tech companies helps Colorado tech reporters find and focus on stories. As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of their work and I like to think I contribute to it in some small way. So I was excited that, after I asked in last Monday’s post “What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community?”, the Denver Business Journal posted this article on Tuesday: Amazon HQ2 could actually help Denver’s talent-starved tech sector. I like to think Greg Avery was answering my question for me. If not, it’s really good timing.

I’m a big fan of creators of every kind, whatever they’re called! Most of my heroes are artists, makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors, cosplayers, game-makers, podcasters, etc. so imagine my surprise that I somehow completely missed promoting the Denver Maker Faire in last week’s Colorado Tech Weekly post! I’m shocked that I missed promoting it because I would have absolutely gone to it if I wasn’t at work all weekend. If you see, or write, a good recap of the Denver Maker Faire, please send it my way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • They don’t play games: 5 companies using AR/VR for more than gaming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Incident Response Technologies closes $1.2M seed round led by Innosphere Fund [InnovatioNews]
  • Apple hiring software engineers to work in Denver [DBJ]
  • Pay it forward: How Boulder-based Bonusly helped donate over $60,000 to disaster relief [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Georgia’s Tea Leaves, gains access to 400 hospital partners and consumer data [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Homebot raises $4.5M, plans to double team and expand nationally by year’s end [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 coding bootcamps and schools in Denver & Boulder you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara taking investments in equity crowdfunding campaign [BizWest]
  • Colorado investigations company, KeyPoint Government Solutions, to join in 3-way merger to form government IT-services business [DBJ]
  • Nerdwallet: Boulder ranks No. 8 for best city for tech jobs, Springs is No. 12 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #145: Partnerships, Opportunities and a Logo Challenge

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As someone who has been following Colorado tech companies for the last 145 weeks I took it as a personal challenge when I saw the BuiltinColorado tech startup logo challenge as a personal challenge. I thought, “If anyone should be able to list all 30 companies, it should be me.” Well I still have a few yet to identify. If you’re going to the Built in Brews event on Thursday and you want a cool t-shirt maybe you can get 2 shirts and I’ll help you out. I wear a large. Shhh! Don’t tell Jess Ryan.

After being overwhelmed last week, I feel almost on target this week. Classes are over for now. Birthdays are celebrated and I even get 2 whole days off with my wife and daughter this week! I’m excited to recharge, refocus and get moving on some personal projects. I should probably write up another blog post about those. Until then, here’s some cool news and events!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based 303 Software celebrates ten year anniversary with brand re-launch and website redesign [CTA]
  • Prosper Marketplace and Golden’s HomeAdvisor partner to bring home improvement financing to millions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 shares diversity philosophy on women, global community and millennials [Tech+]
  • Fort Collins-based Innosphere startups create 296 jobs in 2015 [Coloradoan]
  • CTOs to Know: Here’s what the tech leaders of 5 Colorado companies are working on this year[BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital joins forces with DoubleVerify to combat non-human fraudulent traffic [AltitudeDigital]
  • Two companies consider relocating North American headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup Kindara names former SendGrid exec CEO [BizWest]
  • Skillful launches in Colorado to help companies with skills-based hiring and recruiting [CTA]
  • Can you guess these 30 Colorado tech startups by their logos? [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #115: Yack, yack yack. Get a job!

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I just finished a course on Java programming and I now have 23 credits left until I graduate with my Computer Science degree from Regis University. Since I’m going to school part-time, I’m still about a year away from my degree and, frankly, it’s driving me nuts.

This week’s stories highlight 7 growing tech companies that are hiring, 5 entry-level job opportunities and one hiring fair. Half of me wants to just jump in and start applying for these jobs, half of me thinks I’ll never feel ready to apply for a development job, half of me wonders how to successfully balance imposter syndrome with pride in my skills and half of me wonders how there is suddenly two of me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech Roundup: Sovrn Holdings raises $18M, Kindara $5.3M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Seagate to acquire Longmont-based Dot Hill for $645M [BizWest]
  • Here’s what we know about the massive new digital health facility announced for RiNo in Denver [BulitinColorado]
  • Digital media firm Kenzan opens downtown Denver office [Tech+]
  • 7 booming Colorado tech companies that want to hire you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital takes home 2015 ColoradoBiz Top Company Award [AltitudeDigital]
  • Fort Collins-based Greystone rebrands to better reflect variety of tech services [BizWest]
  • Just starting out? 5 entry-level job opportunities at Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • SparkFun teams with No Starch Press on DIY geek-book series [Tech+]
  • Wulchin stepping down as president of Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #102: Winning the Go Code Colorado Challenge, Visiting Denver Comic Con… Oh and Colorado Tech News

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This past week has been amazing!! Thursday night my Go Code Colorado team, MentorMatter, was one of 3 teams that won a $25,000 contract with the State of Colorado. I worked as a developer on the team to create our site using the Meteor JavaScript framework. I had no prior knowledge of Meteor before the challenge so it was amazing to be able to re-familiarize myself with JavaScript, learn Meteor and contribute to the project all in less than a month. Phew!

This weekend my wife and I got to experience our first ever Comic Con at Denver Comic Con thanks to 2 passes I won from the CTA C-Level event (Thanks for that, by the way)! It was overwhelming, amazing, fun, crazy and amazing (yes, I know I said amazing twice). I loved that Denver Comic Con featured local game development companies and maker spaces with their own section. I would list them all, but I’m afraid I would leave some out. It was so inspiring talking to Colorado authors, artists and developers who get to make a living being creative everyday.

I could go on and on about the Go Code Colorado Challenge and Denver Comic Con and I probably will in separate blog posts, but you didn’t open this post to read about that so without further ado…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero launches new Darkside robot toy [InnovatioNews]
  • Hosting a summer intern? Join Colorado Technology Foundation’s cohort! [CTA]
  • 6 awesome tech companies in Colorado you want to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con exhibitor, Boulder-based Serenity Forge overcomes odds to mingle gaming with education (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings at Colorado tech startups that’ll exercise your creative muscles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver man hacked airliners but he can’t say what he’s learned (yet) [DBJ]
  • 5 places anybody can learn to code in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado awards three teams $25,000 contracts with Secretary of State [InnovatioNews]
  • Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, takes the helm at Denver tech startup Wayin [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #74: Finding Inspiration

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I just finished listening to the latest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Ruby Rogues. It’s a few Ruby programmers who spend most of their time talking about higher level concepts that ANY programmer of any language can appreciate. They had Kinsey Ann Durham, developer for Denver-based GoSpotCheck, as a guest and she talked about being a new developer and her path to that job. It’s inspiring to hear stories from developers like Kinsey. Give it a listen, get inspired and go to one of the events below!

For EVEN MOAR inspiration check out the stories of the CTA APEX awards and the TechStars “Where are they now” story.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • City of Denver clarifies software-tax policies to quiet concerns [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Rachio gets $2.5M so you can water your lawn from your cell phone [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara receives $1.25M in new funding, $50K vote of confidence from consumers [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest growing in Denver with Commute app [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Tech startup of the month: Boulder-based OpenSnow [CoBizMag]
  • Denver’s gSchool announces Go Microservices Track [galvanize]
  • Colorado Springs-based ISSAC receives 2014 Award of Excellence in Aerospace/Defense [CTA]
  • Denver-based Skiing in Colorado just got a whole lot cheaper with Outdoors.io [BuiltinColorado]
  • 14th annual APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders [CTA]
  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Rapt Media, Occipital and RoundPegg [Techstars]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #42: Little Bit of Everything. Startups, 3D printing, Education and Media

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Last week I wrapped up my journey into UX Design. I didn’t finish my journey, I just wrapped it up for now. It’s a much bigger subject than I realized and I have a new respect for those that do it as a profession. On Wednesday, I picked up the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. I spent all day Sunday troubleshooting tools that I only halfway understand so I could learn and develop with Ruby on Rails. Self-directed learning is a lot like the TARDIS, it doesn’t always take me where I mean to go, but it takes me to where I need to be.

I hope you check out Open World Learning’s request for volunteers. Few things are more fun than helping kids get excited about technology. I will get to do just that tomorrow as I am hosting a Hour of Hardware event at my daughter’s elementary school to compliment the Hour of Code event we hosted in the fall. Wish me luck!

Top News

  • 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3DCIC) announces final speaker lineup for three-day Colorado Springs gathering in May [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins adds first 2014 group of six new client startup companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PQCareers works to humanize the recruiting process [W3W3]
  • Open World Learning’s 5th Annual TechFair Competition Needs Your Help! [CTA]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave unveils WavePoint M2M platform for industry and government applications [InnovatioNews]
  • From Techstars to Galvanize, Denver’s GoSpotCheck now heads to Google HQ for inaugural Demo Day [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity ups its mobile security hold with acquisition of Accells Technologies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Legislature declares Colorado Aerospace Day; criticizes feds for NASA cuts [DBJ]
  • This would be huge! Dish Network’s Ergen talks merger with DirecTV CEO, says report (Video) [DBJ]
  • ShowMobile, a media app based in Denver, meets kids where they live — on their phones [DBJ]

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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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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.