Colorado Tech Weekly #138: Numbers and Culture

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I started Colorado Tech Weekly to learn more about the tech companies in Colorado. I wanted to know which companies were growing, which ones were shrinking, which companies looked like fun, etc. I wanted to know all about a company before I ever submit a resume and one of the easiest ways to learn about a company is to look at their numbers. How many are they hiring or firing? How much funding do they have? Where are their offices and do they have room for growth?

These are all great ways to start to get to know a company, but what about their culture? What is it really like to work there? This is why I have the events section. It’s a great way to see offices and meet employees. It’s also why I started my way-too-large-now Twitter list of Colorado Tech. But even then, sometimes we get a real peek into a company’s culture. Check out the BuiltinColorado story about Kapost for that. It makes me proud that they are in Colorado.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo buys Canadian Allstream for $465M [InnovatioNews]
  • What the companies in Mergelane’s 2016 cohort actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • The modern office: How Boulder-based Kapost navigated an employee gender transition [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements tripled clients, revenue in 2015 [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs company, root9B named world’s top cybersecurity company [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Bogusky’s Boulder-based Visibl strikes deal with Westminster-based SpotX, gives small advertisers access to premium video inventory [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver security firm, Ping Identity, prepping for possible IPO, say revenues could grow to $100M [Tech+]
  • VMware cut 86 jobs in Broomfield, Colorado Springs [DenverPost]
  • World Wide Technology opening office in Denver, will hire 70 this year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #135: Buses, toys, games and keeping it in Colorado

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There are so many cool headlines this week! I hope it’s a hint of what is to come for the rest of 2016. I’m looking forward to seeing what cool things come from RTD’s open data. A Colorado-made video game is being featured in a Smithsonian exhibit. Congratulations to Sphero on winning a spot in Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge at CES. Speaking of CES, there were 43 Colorado companies represented at CES and I expect that number will grow next year.

Then there’s the cool events! CiGDA is showing kids game development in VR and a UX talk at the Joomla Denver meetup highlight some of the cool events this week.

It’s this kind of week that really motivates me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero nabs spot in Extreme Tech Challenge to pitch Richard Branson [Tech+]
  • RTD opens live bus location data to apps makers [DBJ]
  • Denver, Panasonic unveil ‘smart city’ tech projects at CES [DBJ]
  • CES 2016 hosted 43 Colorado companies, spotlights three [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital selects Denver-based FORTRUST as data center partner [AltitudeDigital]
  • Thornton’s Ascent Solar announces partnership with Englewood-based eBags [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lands at #11 for top-grossing mobile apps [Tech+]
  • Content delivery network Fastly opens in LoDo [ConfluenceDenver]
  • New year, new career: 6 hot Colorado companies hiring in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Indie Arcade features Pixel Galaxy by Boulder-based Serenity Forge [SerenityForge]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #116: Mobile Phones, Mobile People and IoT

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I’m starting the second week of my Assembly course this week and this coming weekend I’m lucky enough to participate in the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. I’ve noticed I seem to be more comfortable with lower-level languages so I’m pretty darn excited for this upcoming week.

The creative potential of IoT is amazing and I’m curious to see how I feel about it after the hackathon. Regardless of how I feel after this weekend, I definitely need to visit SparkFun’s Home of Tomorrow sometime soon. That looks really cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xerox to add 300 customer-care jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • T-Mobile upgrades Colorado network to improve rural and indoor quality [Tech+]
  • PlanetiQ to hire ‘one or two dozen’ at new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies launches new IoT blog [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver travel app drops Native name, switches to friendlier ‘Pana’ [Tech+]
  • CenturyLink lays off 150 workers in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs [DenverPost]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun starts on building the Home of Tomorrow [SparkFun]
  • Tech Roundup: Stream.io raises $1.75M, Pana grabs $1.35M, WeWork leases another space & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Verizon tops two reports on mobile service quality in Colorado [Tech+]

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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 #114: Mind the Talent Gap

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The Talent Gap is that annoying void between the demand for skilled software developers and the current amount of available skilled software developers. It’s something I’ve heard tech companies talk about since I started this blog over 2 years ago. There have been encouraging efforts by industry groups, companies and tech schools to fill the gap as quickly as they can but filling that gap is still a slow process because the biggest thing that turns new developers into skilled developers is time. It is frustrating for everyone involved. New developers want to have the skills companies need yesterday and companies want more skilled developers 2 months ago!

The best thing companies can do is support these programs, initiatives, schools and the students they teach because they will pay off in the long run. As students, the best thing we can do is keep learning, keep experimenting and show that we want to learn and contribute. Together, with time, effort and focus, we can narrow the Talent Gap.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Seeking software developers, Denver’s AppIt Ventures buys firm in India [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize, IBM partner to back women, minorities in tech careers [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s most well-funded tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boosted by new Agco deal, growing Ft. Collins-based Agribotix moving to larger Boulder space [BizWest]
  • 132 Colorado companies make U.S. ‘fastest growing’ list [BuiltinColorado]
  • BlacKnight Cyber Security partners with Boulder-based Knowledge Factor to mitigate risk of cyber attack through employee training [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update: August 2015 [CTA]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe releases DigitalGlobe Maps API for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Rise awarded $16.9 million by FCC to offer broadband in rural areas [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire to triple size, move headquarters to Boulder’s new PearlWest [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #113: Let the good news continue!

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Every week I see great news about Colorado’s growing tech community. It’s one of the thing that motivates me to finish my coursework, work on projects and publish these blogs.

It makes me wish I could learn all the things now so I can jump in and do great things. Patience is difficult. I can’t learn and do all the things now and trying to fit that amount of effort in that short amount of time is impossible. So I’ll keep working and keep learning and hope the good news keeps coming.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Golden-based Wowza Media Systems reports strong 2015 first half, rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s T3Media rebrands as Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Q2 net income rises, but number of subscribers falls [DBJ]
  • How high does Denver rank for tech hiring? [DBJ]
  • Google breaks ground on new 330,000-square-foot Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • 5 amazing job opportunities for Colorado software engineers [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver company helped run Hillary Clinton’s email set-up [DBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds former DigitalGlobe CFO Yancey Spruill to executive team [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero launches new SPRK Edition robot designed to inspire future innovators [InnovatioNews]
  • Target testing location-tracking app in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #111: Made-to-Order Hackathons, EAGLE-Net Gets a Reboot and DaVinci Will Move to Westminster

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Lord of the RIngs has dragons, elves and an entire world that is completely made up, but one of the most creative things to come out of that story for me is the number “eleventy-one”. I love that this is CTW number eleventy-one.

It seems like almost every week I’m excited for the stories I share. I’m very excited to see EAGLE-Net get a reboot with Zayo. EAGLE-Net is a project to get better internet access to public places in rural parts of Colorado. Doing anything with technology on a large scale over a large area is difficult to do correctly. I have confidence in Zayo. I wish them luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire calls for makers to present at Oct. 9-11 event at RMCIT [InnovatioNews]
  • Golden Police to add drone to department’s tool kit [YourHub]
  • FCC poised to reject Douglas County-based Dish Network’s $3.3 billion airwaves discount [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute moving headquarters from Louisville to Westminster [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics now letting customers order up a hackathon [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s Evolution Digital buys Chicago TV-tech firm [Tech+]
  • FCC signs off on AT&T’s $48.5B buy of Dish competitor DirecTV [DBJ]
  • New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group Holdings to oversee and support EAGLE-Net Alliance [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #106: Is there an area of tech that Colorado does not do well?

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The short answer is “No.” Every once in a while the headlines I compile point out how many different ways Colorado is involved in technology. In this week’s headlines alone we have wireless tech, social media, hardware, startups and 3-D printing. It’s a little mind blowing to think of all the things that are included in tech in Colorado. Then when I try to think of all the money and all the different kinds of people involved my brain shorts out and I have to stare at the wall for a few minutes to let it reboot.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wireless data use fuels big growth for Golden’s Centerline Solutions [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Wayin partners with Klout to provide greater marketing context and relevancy in social conversations [Wayin]
  • Niwot’s SparkFun to open 1st offline store, host 7th driver-less vehicle race [Tech+]
  • Here’s what the 10 companies in Techstars’ Boulder 2015 class actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 of Colorado’s top companies to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU to revamp engineering, computer-science curriculum [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing 3-D printer maker, Loveland’s Aleph Objects, counts kids, NASA as customers [DenverPost]
  • Houston firm pays MAVDevelopment $53.2M for Rally Software HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Techstars and UP Global (aka Startup Weekend) UNITE! [NearlyNicole]
  • Women tech leaders ask tech companies: Show us your diversity numbers [DenverPost]

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