Colorado Tech Weekly #184: 2016 Prediction Results and One Event to Rule Them All

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One of the reasons I share events, is to give people a resource to meet others in the Colorado technology community. This week is pretty easy, just go to the Holiday Startup Mashup party which is being hosted by WomenWhoCode, Denver Founders, WomenWhoStartup, EnergyTech, Refresh Denver and Clean Tech Open at the Commons on Champa in Denver. It looks like a great way to meet all the people!

Alright, let’s see how I did with my 2016 predictions…

  • I said that dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016. This is hard to tell if I got it right because I won’t know unitl 2017. I think we’ve reached max dev school capacity at least in the Denver/Boulder area. I give myself partial credit for this.
  • I said the Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life. IoT is almost reaching past the novelty phase. Many IoT devices are just for the sake of novelty but many devices are becoming mundane in the best ways. I was too soon for this prediction. Next year.
  • I said cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements. I think I got this one right. Each of those sexy technologies made huge improvements. Driverless cars are happening sooner than anyone thought. VR and AR (Augmented Reality) are really improving but waiting on it’s Big Thing and AI has become ubiquitous.
  • And the last prediction I made for 2016 was that Colorado tech will see constant growth. I’ll mark that as a right answer as well.

Happy holidays! Next week I’ll predict 2017. I like my chances. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s Gardner seeks a Senate cybersecurity watchdog [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech executives want to hire skilled IT workers in 2017, survey says [Denverite]
  • Denver-based Galvanize awarded $1.3M incentive to expand to New York, New York City [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial’s IQNavigator acquires workforce software competitor, plans to merge [DenverPost]
  • Longmont-based CaliberMind wins Software Company of the Year at BizWest’s 2016 IQ Awards [CaliberMind]
  • Boulder’s SurveyGizmo names Nicole Crain company’s new COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Droplet Measurement Technologies moves to Longmont, sells majority stake [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based VictorOps increases VC haul amid growing customer traction [DBJ]
  • New companies on the block: 7 Colorado startups that launched in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • StartupCTO.io launches a job board [KevinOwocki]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #182: Getting Geared Up for 2017

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I like when I can find themes in the weekly headlines that I share. This week it seems as if most of Colorado tech is ramping up to get things done and announced before enjoying the end-of-the-year holidays. Once again I was faced with way more than 10 events I wanted to share. I really do need to find another way to share those. Speaking of the end of the year I should probably review my 2016 predictions and start brewing my 2017 predictions.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Looking to hire a recent coding school grad? 4 Colorado schools share their tips [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid will hire as many as 250 by early 2018, close to 400 by 2020 [Denverite]
  • Louisville-based Rogue Wave Software acquires Akana [BizWest]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST named a top private company by ColoradoBiz Magazine [YourHub]
  • Boulder-based VictorOps announces first close of $12.2M Series B fundraising round [InnovatioNews]
  • Behind the scenes: What it’s really like to work for Denver’s Credera [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based MuscleSound announces partnership with E3 Fitness [MuscleSound]
  • Tech roundup: Denver’s Rachio gets new digs, government’s role in tech and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why Colorado’s become a hub for travel tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Rapt Media’s new hire onboarding gets a face lift and how I got to go to Vegas! [RaptMedia]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #181: Holidays Don’t Slow Colorado Tech

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I thought with the Thanksgiving holiday last week and the upcoming holidays that it would be more difficult to find Colorado tech news and events. I was wrong. Dead wrong. Sometimes I really like being wrong.

On that note, I won’t get a developer job before the end of the year (I’d love to be wrong about this too).

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 7 Colorado tech employees are thankful for this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • How 4 Colorado startups are giving back to their communities this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tired of the same tiny emojis? Heck yeah, Kwippit is from Denver! [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Optiv files for an IPO [DBJ]
  • Galvanize to close Fort Collins campus after 18 months of operation [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Tectonic helps companies use Big Data analytics to better target customers needing their services [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global CEO, Ben Wright named as a ColoradoBiz Magzine’s CEO of the Year Finalist [VelocityGlobal]
  • NewCo Boulder 2016 at Viget [Viget]
  • Ft.t Collins-based RLE Technologies promotes Jeremy Swanner to president [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber gets delisting warning from New York Stock Exchange [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #159: New Executives for Soundwall, Optiv and Massroots

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This week there’s a new CEO, a new CIO and a new CTO in Colorado; Our amazing growth in Colorado tech seems to be slowing to just “really really good growth”; and I celebrate 3 years of Colorado Tech Weekly.

3 years and 2 weeks ago I posted my very first Colorado Tech Weekly post. I had big dreams of it being an ongoing thing, but having started a few blogs before I was realistic that it wouldn’t happen. Well it’s good to see my big dream pay out. When I look at all the projects I’ve worked on and realize all the things I’ve learned in the past 3 years I’m a little bit amazed with myself. I am excited and curious to see what I could do if I were given 40 hours per week to write code and solve problems instead of trying to fit it in around working graveyard shift, school and life in general. If you’re curious too, check out my resume page!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Brexit won’t stop $13 billion IHS-Markit deal, Douglas County company says [DenverPost]
  • Denver tech leaders plan to hire fewer IT workers this year, says survey [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Soundwall eyes growth with new CEO, $3M funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Optiv Security appoints Paul Lehman to be CIO [InnovatioNews]
  • These 15 Colorado tech companies have been around for more than 15 years [BuiltinColorado]
  • LDAP inventor joins Boulder-based JumpCloud Technical Advisory Board [JumpCloud]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces launch of new SPRK+ robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Columbus beats out Denver for $50M Smart City Challenge transportation program [DenverPost]
  • Comcast moving 1,000 employees to new Centennial location [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based MassRoots hires former Salesforce VP as CTO [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #155: Nothing Will Replace Meeting in Person

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People often ask me how many events I go to every week and the truth is that I rarely get to go to any of the events I post. I go to maybe one every month. I tell people that the events I post each week are events I wish I could go to. Well last week that week came true!

I went to 2 events, both of them on Thursday. The first event was the ReadyTalk FoxDen Launch Party where I got to demo ReadyTalk’s cool new way to meet in person and remotely. Then I went to the Go Code Colorado Final Event. It was fun to go as an observer this year as opposed to a participant. It was way less stressful! Check out my summary of the Go Code Colorado event here: 2016 Go Code Colorado Winners and Advice On How To Be One.

I wasn’t the only one to review an inspiring tech event. Check out the Google I/O recap from local developer, Kelly Shuster and the the recap by Tim Spark on GlueCon that was in Broomfield.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics teams with Indiegogo to speed tech’s path to market [InnovatioNews]
  • These 5 Colorado programs will help you learn to code in your spare time [BuiltinColorado]
  • Before they were CEOs: what 4 Colorado tech leaders studied in college [BuiltinColorado]
  • The Evolution of Denver’s Wayin: A Forbes Interview With Scott McNealy [Wayin]
  • Google I/O 2016 Recap [KioDev]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to work for newmedia [BuiltinColorado]
  • GlueCon 2016 Recap [TimSpark]
  • Denver-based MassRoots says its bid to join Nasdaq has been denied [DenverPost]
  • Colorado incentives in hand, ZingFit planning August move to Boulder [BizWest]
  • Go Code Colorado: Mobile apps for food trucks, drilling and job matching win big [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #150: Almost All The Demos

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An amazing week of events coming up for student developers: Demo displays by RefactorU, Turing School and DaVinci Coders, tech fairs from Maker Boulder and Open World Learning and a high school team coding competition by Lockheed Martin. If you like seeing what things new developers are learning and creating, this is a good time for you.

Speaking of being a student it appears my time away from schoolwork is coming to a quicker end than I had realized. After a month off, My Computer Organization/Architecture course starts a week from today, not 2 weeks from today like I had originally thought. I’m looking forward to the course, though. Some might say developers don’t need to know about hardware as much anymore because so much code is built on top of layers of abstraction but I call BS on that. Between the amazing amount of devices already plus the IoT devices hardware is pretty darn important. Also someone still has to write those layers of abstraction so don’t disregard that hardware knowledge.

Just because I wasn’t doing schoolwork for a month doesn’t mean I wasn’t learning. In fact I’m pretty darn proud of my month off. I developed a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department which I will post to GitHub this week to show off. I made a game for Ludum Dare 35 called “Zorg’s Crash Landing.” It’s a very simple puzzle-like game that I did not work on as much as I would have liked, however I actually made a thing so that’s awesome. I also started learning Sphero capabilities with my entirely too long Sphero Android App Reviews post. I just started playing with the Sphero educational apps so look for that soon.

Remember, no more podcast so look for me to post something interesting this week. Looking at how much I’ve typed already I apparently have a lot to say.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Know a veteran? No Barriers Warriors, sponsored by Douglas County’s Rise Broadband, offers all-expenses-paid trip [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Ajubeo announces Chief Executive Officer, solidifying leadership [CTA]
  • Denver’s MarketPay acquired by Seattle firm; new owner plans to hire more in Denver [Tech+]
  • Online reviews site, Trustpilot, to open an offline office in Denver [Tech+]
  • How a combination of product and passion helped Boulder-based startup Tapinfluence raise $14M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Boulder’s SnapLogic [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado wants to duplicate Israel’s success in cybersecurity [DenverPost]
  • CodeCraft March Graduates’ Final Portfolio Apps & Demo Videos [CodeCraft]
  • From social media managers to senior developers, here’s what tech employees in Colorado actually make [BuiltinColorado]
  • Level 3 named Advanced Partner in Amazon Web Services Network [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #149 (Now with 30% MORE FUN): Fun Robots and Last CTW with a Podcast

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As I’m typing this I’m watching an episode of Sword Art Online after spending a good part of the weekend making a game for the Ludum Dare Jam. I want to work as a developer because I think writing code is fun! I also do these blog posts because I enjoy learning, and sharing, about the Colorado tech community. So, let’s have some fun with it!

So, fun things:

  • The Ludum Dare Jam ends at 7pm tonight. I should have my game “Zorg’s Crash Landing” posted somewhere on the interwebz by then. A big thanks to my daughter, Ashlynn, who gave me the inspiration for the game.
  • I will be meeting soon with my current boss to implement my Trespass Notice System app. It’s my first Ruby on Rails app and it’s all done except the password recovery portion of it.
  • In my pursuit of my dream job, I recently bought a Sphero SPRK and have started a big long post reviewing most of the Sphero-related apps in the Google Play store. Look for that to be posted fairly soon.

Things that haven’t been fun:

  • The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast turned out to be less fun and more work than I thought it would be. Being a part of a podcast still sounds like a blast, so if you want to talk Colorado tech I am all for it but the CTW Podcast in its current form will not be continuing after today.
  • Cable TV: I don’t remember the last time we changed the channel on our cable box. Now that we added Amazon Prime along with our current Netflix subscription and live sports have become less of a priority in our house, it’s time to ditch the cable box.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • AVC and Niwot-based SparkFun – fueling DIY fun! [DenverMakerFaire]
  • University of Denver program looks to bridge cybersecurity skills gap [Xconomy]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s AUTOPAY [BuiltinColorado]
  • Facing slower and lower funding, Colorado tech adapts to a new environment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Visibl raises $1.5M, rebrands to Brandzooka [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Surrey Satellite and Boston’s BridgeSat partner to develop free space optical communications system [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Colorado springs focused on being cybersecurity industry hub [DenverPost]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor Releases Alexa Skill on Amazon Echo [HomeAdvisor]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics sponsors Regional FIRST Robotics Competition [ArrowElectronics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #144: That urge to do all the things right now

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Last week was my attempt at doing all the things. I finished up a class. I prepared a large essay for a second class. I went to C-Level @ A Mile High. My dad came into town for the weekend so we could all go to the Denver St. Patrick’s Day. We had friends over to celebrate birthdays. Then played some card games with friends on Sunday. Meanwhile I’m getting my ToDo lists ready to go because after this week, I’m free from classes for 6 months so I want to do some projects to show that I really do know how to code.

I’m trying to do all this all right now. It’s one of those moments where I feel trapped somewhere between pride, guilt, ambition and time. It’s a feeling that many adult students and entrepreneurs feel too often. This is all stuff I chose to do and I enjoy most of it. Sometimes it just gets too overwhelming. Anyway, here’s the tech news!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Workers report layoffs at IBM in Boulder, nationally [DenverPost]
  • Announcing Leah Leaves as Boulder-based Ramblin Jackson’s COO! [RamblinJackson]
  • Meet 10 of the students graduating from Boulder’s CodeCraft this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence opening Silicon Valley office, adds CTO [BizWest]
  • DU’s new Cybersecurity degree comes with 50% tuition discount [Tech+]
  • Everything you need to know to break into Colorado’s tech world [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Announces CTO [BusinessWire]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor expands in Colorado Springs, plans to hire another 100 [Tech+]
  • Nest to grow Boulder presence separate from new Google campus [BizWest]
  • CTOs to know: meet Denver-based Tack Mobile’s Jan Birkelund [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #143: Event Reviews, Podcasts and C-Level

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I always say that the top upcoming events are events I wish I could go to and it’s entirely true. I wish I could go to every event I post! This is why I appreciate event reviews. This week we have reviews of the T9Hacks hackathon and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. This week I also get to go to C-Level @ A Mile High! It’s the only technology event I have been able to go to on a consistent basis. I will be bringing my recorder to see if I can add some interviews to my podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, I learned this week that there is more than one Colorado tech podcast and that’s awesome! Of course there is only one Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast but this week, Tamara Chuang from the Denver Post profiles the Turnpikers podcast and Jess Ryan gave a cool list of 5 Colorado tech podcasts where she perfectly describes my podcast and made me want to listen to the others on the list.

So go check those out and come say “Hi” at C-Level this Thursday!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Teams face off in Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by Raytheon [DenverPost]
  • Mitisek leaving as head of Colorado Technology Association, joining DU [DenverPost]
  • Colorado ranks 13th nationwide for tech jobs in new report [Tech+]
  • Entrepreneurs hope new podcast unites Denver, Boulder tech communities [DenverPost]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects prints millionth 3D part for LulzBot desktop printers [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your own luck: 5 companies looking to hire in March [BuiltinColorado]
  • Robot Revolution powering up at Denver Museum [InnovatioNews]
  • Keysight Technologies to bring 200 jobs to Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • CU-Boulder’s Atlas Institute hosts inaugural women-centric hack-a-thon [DailyCamera]
  • Why digital health is Colorado tech’s next big thing [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech podcasts to add to your feed [BuiltinColorado]

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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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