Colorado Tech Weekly #158: DMMF and DCC put the A in STEAM

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That’s a lot of acronyms in my title. Let’s take a moment to define those. DMMF stands for Denver Mini Maker Faire. You can read my review in “More Than Tech at Denver Mini Maker Faire.” DCC stands for Denver Comic Con. You can read my preview of the tech events that were at DCC in “My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con.” STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It’s an extension of the more normally referenced STEM acronym but, oh man, that A is important.

This was my second year going to DCC. I go for inspiration and motivation and you can find it there in spades. I heard Stan Lee talk about getting shot down when he proposed the idea of a Spider-Man. I heard Adam Wilson talk about Sphero and how it’s cool to work with Star Wars but what he’s really passionate about is helping kids learn.  How amazing is that?! I talked with artists, authors and game developers who are doing what they love because they love it. I saw crafts and designs and cosplay costumes and prints that show so much passion, skill and patience! How can you not be inspired?

If you are interested in using Sphero to help kids learn, check out my Sphero SPRK Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet.

If you want to help me do what I love to do, hire me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based StickyDocs and INDUSTRY team to launch Hop Up [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast signs big office lease at growing Centennial development [DBJ]
  • Virtual reality is set to take off, says Broomfield’s Level 3 study [DBJ]
  • These 7 companies just got funding and are ready to hire [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Evolve secures $5.5M as vacation rental market matures [BuiltinColorado]
  • Changes at Westmister’s Lassy Project – Escalation [LassyProject]
  • Denver-based SecureSet launches nation’s first commercial cybersecurity accelerator [SecureSet]
  • Meet the 12 latest Boulder CodeCraft graduates [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based concept3D announces launch of atlas3D mapping and interactive platform [InnovatioNews]
  • New tech push by Denver online retailer eBags aims for the connected traveler [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #80: Reviewing my predictions for 2014, 1 event and business

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Christmas is in 3 days. That thought didn’t quite hit me until I just typed it. I should start wrapping presents. At least I have them all purchased.

Since this is the 2nd to last Monday of the year, I figured i would look back at my predictions I made for 2014. I give myself a generous 50% accuracy.

  • I predicted that Revolv and Rachio would be purchased. Revolv is now part of Nest. Rachio is still Rachio. I was half right.
  • I predicted that Dish Network would not be awarded the Worst Company to Work For award. They’re not even in the “top” 10. Good job Dish! Also I was right!
  • I predicted that smartphone innovation would plateau. I was right! But I thought there would be a cool game-changing audio UI. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that responsive web design would become the norm. It’s not the norm yet, but it’s slowly getting there. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that Fire OS would become the #3 most popular tablet OS. I generously give myself half credit because Amazon botched this one. They could have made this happen, but instead they focused on building a phone that focused on convincing users to buy more from Amazon. Damn you Bezos!

I don’t anticipate much news being made this week, so I should have plenty of time and room for predictions for 2015 in next week’s post. I wonder if I can make them all Colorado tech focused.

Happy Holidays!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Rally Software teams with Code for America [TechKnowBytes]
  • Westminster-based Lassy Project raises $750K of $1.6M equity investment round offering [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver lands Panasonic Enterprise Solutions near airport [DenverPost]
  • Boulder won’t stand in the way of Google’s expansion [DBJ]
  • Denver-Based Altitude Digital appoints former Federated Media/Lijit Exec Manny Puentes as Chief Technology Officer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes in Denver with PaySimple Customer Experience [PaySimple]
  • Douglas County-based Dish is first pay-TV company to integrate Netflix [TechKnowBytes]
  • Littleton’s Lockheed Martin Space Systems lands another $16.7 million in tax incentives (Video) [DBJ]
  • Take a Quick Look at Boulder-based Quick Left in our 2014 Annual Report [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast doubles Internet speeds for most Colorado customers [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations

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Ever say or think a word so many times it starts to lose its meaning? I just did that to myself with my headline. “Aggregating” is now just a jumble of too many “g” sounds in my head.

I like when actual reporters bunch together stories under a headline. It means I don’t have to be as picky when I pick my 10 headlines. This way I can have these 10 headlines about 25 Colorado companies.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based maker of Ubooly, the smart toy that tells stories, is bought by Cartwheel Kids [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ecrypt Technologies appoints Urvashi Mehra as new VP of Global Healthcare Solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left Recognized for the Second Year in a Row by Inc 500 [CTA]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 secures $2B loan for TW Telecom acquisition [BizWest]
  • Tech this week: Denver-based Ping and Sprint, Boulder-based Zayo IPO and a new Apple iPad? [TechKnowBytes]
  • Roundup: Partners for Ping Identity, Westminster’s Datalogix; Denver-based Craftsy’s Milestone [Xconomy]
  • Tech Tuesday: Colorado’s hottest high-tech companies include Louisville’s Envysion, Denver’s Lassy Project and Boulder’s LogRhythm [9news]
  • INterview with John Oechsle, president and CEO of Denver-based Swiftpage [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Welltok Raises $25M More, Takes Aim at $2.7T Healthcare Industry [Xconomy]
  • Boulder Techstars Demo Day concludes with new Foundry investment [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #69: Expansion in Colorado Springs, finding things in Steamboat and Colorado has the best ‘Outside’ companies

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Would it surprise you to learn that over 1/10th of the companies listed on Outside’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’ were Colorado tech companies? It didn’t surprise me either, but it’s still nice to hear. It’s like when my wife tells me I’m awesome. It’s something I already know, but it’s nice to hear it from someone else.

A note about my news sources: Lately a lot of the stories I’ve found have come from CTA’s  news aggregation site Digital Colorado. Since they post a summary and a link to the original story I don’t often link directly to Digital Colorado because I don’t want you to have to click a link to click a link to read a story. That being said, If you want your tech news aggregated more often than once a week, you should definitely check them out!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Big sale, equity rounds, surprises make headlines in 3rd quarter [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Lassy Project launches updates and new features [LassyProject]
  • Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Exelis completes spinoff of Colorado-based unit [DBJ]
  • Booming Colorado Springs software company, Cherwell Software, looks for space to grow even more [Gazette]
  • Technology startup U Grok It celebrates new milestones in Steamboat Springs [SteamboatToday]
  • Franklin Out, VMLogix and Citrix Exec in as SendGrid Replaces CEO [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes Suma Nallapati to board of directors [CTA]
  • Insurance software company, Insurance Technologies, expands in downtown Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • 11 Colorado tech companies make Outside’s 100 The Best Places to Work in 2014 [Outside]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #22: Thank you from a veteran

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 If you know a veteran, you will probably tell them “Thank you for your service” today because you’re awesome and they will probably mutter a “You’re welcome” in a way that says “It was no big deal” because they’re awesome. See, we are uncomfortable with the attention because we didn’t join the military for attention or glory. We joined because of a sense of duty, family tradition, or because it sounded easier than getting into college. Those who did sign up for the glory of it soon found out that glory comes with too high of a price.

When I think back on my time in the Marine Corps, I think of trying to get out of barracks duty, hung-over Company runs and buffing floors. I don’t think of it as me being brave, selfless or in anyway better than my friends that didn’t join the military. Most veterans will probably tell you close to the same thing.

On Thursday, my daughter’s school had an assembly to recognize the veterans that are in students’ lives. After having each student introduce their veteran the principal told all the students to cheer for the veterans. Oh man did they cheer! It felt amazing. If I did something that can make an entire school of elementary students cheer, I must have done something pretty cool. I know it sounds silly, but thank you for saying “thank you”.

Local News

  • DigitalGlobe rejected more money from Longmont [DBJ]
  • How Colorado voted on fracking, schools, broadband, pot, Boulder utilities [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based Lassy Project focuses on child safety with smartphone app, GPS and “village” community [InnovatioNews]
  • Developing A Spirit of inspiration and collaboration at the Internet of Things Hackathon in Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • OpenWorld Learning (OWL) Gala and Silent Auction “Writing the Code for Success” raises more than $133K to support OWL students [OWL]
  • LUCAN Technologies launches $500K Indiegogo campaign for PC aimed at reducing e-waste [InnovatioNews]
  • Hip to be cubed: Modular Robotics raises more Than $56K via Kickstarter [Xconomy]

National News

  • KitKat’s WebView is powered by Chromium, enabling Android app developers to use new HTML5 and CSS features [TheNextWeb]
  • New API Commons Platform Allows Developers To Share APIs Under Creative Commons Licenses [TechCrunch]
  • ‘Vets in Tech’ expands its work helping veterans find tech jobs [SiliconValley]

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