Colorado Tech Weekly #259: Growing and Being New and Honesty

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I’m coming up on 6th months as a junior developer. I’m fairly certain I’m doing well. It’s hard to tell with the imposter syndrome and the constant learning about technology and the business logic, but I think it’s going well. I attribute this to being honest with my co-workers and myself.

As someone looking for my first job as a developer,  I spent a lot of time learning how to sell my knowledge, skills and abilities. After you get the job, it’s important to be realistic about your knowledge, skills and abilities with everyone, especially yourself. It’s not easy to say “I don’t understand” or “This is going to take longer than we planned” but these are important things for junior developers to say when we need to.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha to be sold with eye toward faster growth [CSGazette]
  • Boulder-based Jujotech ranked among top AR/VR tech providers [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster’s SpotX launches online resource library for publishers seeking GDPR guidance [SpotX]
  • New Digs in Denver, and We’re Hiring! [Statera]
  • Broomfield’s Intelivideo appoints three new board members [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga raises $47 million from investors [BizWest]
  • Choozlers to compete in finals at Go Code Colorado [Choozle]
  • Interview with Thomas Frey – Futurist Speaker and Executive Director at the DaVinci Institute [DavinciInstitute]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies get outside as the weather warms up [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based LockState secures $5.8M in funding, with plans to expand its team [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #251: Do Not Sacrifice Yourself for Opportunity

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Last week I had a new experience. I had my first full-blown anxiety attack. In the middle of the afternoon my mind seized up while i was trying to develop a new feature for the startup where I work and I panicked. The feature wasn’t huge, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a month of high stress both personally and professionally. I would like to not do it again.

Afterwards, I Googled “anxiety attack” and under self-care it said the best way to treat yourself is to avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, get exercise, consciously manage stress and eat healthy and I read that and I laughed because it basically told me “Do the exact opposite thing you’ve been doing all month.”

Then I read a 5280 Magazine article titled “The 9 Things You Should Know About Colorado’s Work-Life Balance” and I”ll tell you the first thing: We’re not as good at having a balance as we’d like to think. Out of the 251 weeks I’ve written these blog posts, very few of them have not highlighted growth in Colorado tech and with that growth comes new opportunities and with those opportunities comes the urge to be available at any time for those opportunities and with that comes stress.

Take some time to remember that the opportunities we seek are for ourselves, our families and our community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win, and so is Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers [DenverPost]
  • Golden drone company Juniper Unmanned raises $3.4 million [DBJ]
  • Women of Greenwood Village-based Skill Distillery speak on tech industry [SkillDistillery]
  • Broomfield-based Conga acquires Orchestrate LLC [BizWest]
  • Colorado to spend millions building electric-vehicle charging stations [DBJ]
  • Facebook bringing free week-long web skills program to Denver this summer [DenverPost]
  • What’s the tech industry’s impact on Colorado’s economy? [DBJ]
  • Tech employment in state increases by 6,530 jobs [BizWest]
  • San Francisco tech companies head east to Denver [DBJ]
  • DTC’s first Bitcoin teller on display at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #248: Big or Small, New or Old, Colorado Tech Makes News

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One of the things I enjoy about doing this blog series is placing news about big, well-known companies like Amazon, Google and Level3 next to new or less well-known companies like Conga, Redeam and Automox. It’s important to me to point out that you don’t need to be big or well-known to make Colorado tech better and bigger. You just have to do cool things and tell people about it. That’s it!

Speaking of cool things, I’m done with schoolwork! No more. Nada! Done! Fin! No mas! I don’t graduate until May but all I have left to do for school is wait for the ceremony so I can wear the cap and gown. Woohoo!

 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • PHOTOS: Google’s new Boulder campus shows off the perks of working for a tech giant [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Conga to acquire Octiv to speed intelligent document automation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based tech company, Redeam, closes $7.7M round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Automox receives $2M investment to speed platform development [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s HQ2 team tours Denver metro area, rides RTD A line and talks diversity [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s Jeff Storey to start CenturyLink CEO job eight months earlier than expected [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Association chief leaving for new job; here’s where she’s headed next [DBJ]
  • Introducing the Broomfield-based SpotX Developer Blog [SpotX]
  • Sprint hits Colorado’s WOW! with patent lawsuit; company delays earnings release [DBJ]
  • So long, status quo: How 6 Colorado companies drive diversity in tech [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #247: Straight From Colorado Tech Companies To You. Also JavaScript Events.

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I’m proud of Colorado’s tech journalists and I enjoy being able to amplify their work, but I also like that technology allows us to hear thoughts, opinions and views from companies straight from the companies themselves. This week has a lot of that which makes me happy.

There’s also a lot of events coming up that focus on JavaScript. JavaScript does not make me happy. However my opinion of JavaScript should not affect our opinion of these events. I’d go if I had the time. Maybe they would help me see JavaScript in a different light.

On a side note, this week is my last week of schoolwork! It’s been 4.5 years of work to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and I’m one week away from accomplishing it. Today is also my wife’s birthday who has been amazingly supportive during the whole time and who I can’t thank enough. I love you, Corrine. Happy birthday!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Ergen’s Douglas County-Based Dish Network prepares to spend $1 billion to launch a wireless network [DBJ]
  • Why a hackathon-friendly office culture is good for everyone at Denver’s Name.com [Name.com]
  • Denver-based cable TV tech company, CSG International, searching for new CFO [DBJ]
  • Ransomware strikes CDOT for second time even as agency still recovering from first SamSam attack [DenverPost]
  • New gigabit internet service in Centennial almost ready as city signs lease for fiber network [DenverPost]
  • A Bird’s Eye View: Behind the Scenes of Beastmode at Denver’s RedCanary [RedCanary]
  • Brandfolder moves into Zeppelin Station in Denver [BusinessDen]
  • [Inside Denver’s Apto] How we built our integrations and created a seamless product experience [Apto]
  • Longmont-based Left Hand Robotics scaling up SnowBots [BizWest]
  • Podcast: Durango-based GitPrime’s CEO on measuring software engineering productivity [GitPrime]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #244: Not All Hard Work Gets a Headline

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Last week, as much as I was looking forward to going, I had to skip out on going to the Go Code Colorado Kickoff event. Instead I stayed home and worked on the specifications and UX design for my app that I am creating for my capstone project.

My project will be a Software-as-a-Service web app for comic book stores to manage their subscribers (or “pull lists” as they’re called). I’m excited to make it, but it’s a lot of work especially when the class is only 8 weeks long. Add to the fact that my new job that I love involves me working all day and not just waiting for bad things to happen, I don’t have a lot of time.

My headline for this week is my reminder that just because someone, or some organization, is not active online or posting news releases doesn’t mean they’re not doing cool things. Doing cool things requires a lot of work that no one sees.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com’s API v4 is here [Name.com]
  • Jim Lejeal joins Boulder’s VictorOps as chief financial officer [InnovatioNews]
  • CEO Mike Shehan on progress of the Broomfield-based SpotX / smartclip merger [SpotX]
  • Denver’s FullContact appoints Tim Prunk president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vs. San Francisco: How they compare on tech salaries might surprise you [DBJ]]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage recognized as leader in Colorado tech scene by G2 Crowd [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers back faster rural broadband funding; CenturyLink predicts rate spike [DBJ]
  • Why coders code: 6 Colorado techies share how they got into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado: another year of data-driven competition [ColoradoSOS]
  • Lessons in hypergrowth: How 5 Colorado tech startups overcame the challenges of scaling [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #233: Techstars raises funds, SecureSet expands and MassRoots argues

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A lot goes into evaluating startups and organizations that work with startups. This week we see a little of everything with the stories about Techstars, SecureSet and Massroots.

This is the last CTW post I will do as a 9-1-1 dispatcher! W00t! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • University of Colorado plans $15,000 online degree programs [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver’s Optiv buys data science company [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Tendril releases major enhancements to data analytics software [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Congruex raises $20 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Denver-based cannabis tech firm MassRoots sues founder, alleging “serious misconduct” [DenverPost]
  • MassRoots founder initiates proxy battle to overthrow Denver marijuana firm’s board, leadership [DenverPost]
  • Techstars raising $400 million venture capital fund [DBJ]
  • Denver cybersecurity school, SecureSet, expands outside of Colorado [DBJ]
  • Loveland’s Aleph Objects announces 10 new products for LulzBot 3D printer ecosystem [InnovatioNews]
  • Amid Denver growth, Gusto hires first-ever CFO; is an IPO ahead? [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #230: Rural Broadband, GO VOTE and Job Interviews

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Last week I had 2 job interviews. I pored over company information, bookmarked Pluralsight courses to show initiative in learning their tech stack, only to be bewildered by value-based questions like “What motivates you?” It’s a simple question but it’s really easy to overthink the answer in a job interview. On the plus side I have at least one follow up interview already scheduled so fingers are crossed!

Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know you’re wondering why I typed that in all caps and made it bold, but if you really want to have a voice in your community, vote in local elections. Government works best when its community is involved in how it operates so GO VOTE!

I highlighted the story about the rural-urban divide in broadband service because I’d really like us to fix this. I dream of being a remote/freelance developer living in a small town in the mountains, enjoying small town life while helping to build cool things. Let’s make this happen!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Valley company, Ampex Data Systems, plans to add up to 30 jobs next month in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Lawmakers have tried to address the rural-urban inequality when it comes to broadband internet service [GJSentinel]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun gets weird for Halloween 2017! [Sparkfun]
  • It’s official: Broomfield’s Level 3 Communications is now CenturyLink [DenverPost]
  • UpCurve buys Denver-based Closely to boost ThriveHive’s marketing tech offerings [Xconomy]
  • Report shows growing tech presence in Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid plans to sell its shares publicly starting at $13.50 each [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap: Record Q3 saw 150K new teams signed to manage schedules [InnovatioNews]
  • Photos and their maker from Maker Faire Denver [DenverMakerFaire]
  • Campaign against Fort Collins internet plan spends $451,000 [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #213: Local Tech Podcasts and Python Events

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Just over a year ago I tried adding a podcast to this blog series and found out that doing podcasts is hard. If your favorite podcast is updated inconsistently, it’s because the creator has realized just how hard it is to create and post podcast episodes. This week I wanted to point out 2 great local tech podcasts:

  • Colorado TechCast: This podcast is hosted by local tech enthusiast, Trapper Little, and  just started with great interviews by local tech community members. Trapper asked me to guest-host the show and although I REALLY wanted to, I just don’t have the time to participate and that sucks.
  • Turing School Podcast: This is a great listen for anyone who is looking to get their first job as a software developer. Even though the podcast is geared towards Turing students, it’s a great resource for all of us. Even this Computer Science student.

There are a few other good local tech podcasts, but if I start trying to list all of them you’ll never get to read the news. I’ve highlighted a few Python meetups this week. I have an AI course coming up in a few months so I’m curious to try out Python. It is a language used for AI, right?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Comic Con 2017 Hall of Games [PewPewCat]
  • Alex Ford joins Boulder-based Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Major Colorado employer Vantiv reaches $10 billion deal for Worldpay [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association Hosts Inaugural SheTech Explorer Day in Colorado [27Global]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires Odava to create one of largest cannabis tech conglomerates [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Photobucket addresses complaints over new policy that charges heavy users $400 [DenverPost]
  • Mobile Apps + Birthdays + Animals = Awesome Radial Q2 in Loveland! [RadialDevGroup]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe partners with SSL to build next-gen WorldView satellites [InnovatioNews]
  • NexusTek rallies tech community to support Colorado’s college-bound teens [CTA]
  • Louisville-based energy-tech company, Generative Technology Operatives, raises $300,000 [BizWest]

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