Colorado Tech Weekly #177: A Semi With No Driver, a Technical Interview and Other Scary Things

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The biggest tech news in Colorado this week was the self-driving semi beer delivery. I wonder if anyone noticed that the Budweiser semi didn’t have a driver when they passed it. If they did notice, did they try to tell a friend? Did the friend write them off as crazy? I know I would.

I had my first technical interview Friday afternoon. That’s definitely a scary thing. it was a phone interview so luckily my interviewer couldn’t see my face light up in panic when he started asking the technical questions. He was very nice though and did a good job describing the scenarios. He kept repeating something that anyone on the receving end of a technical interview needs to keep in mind: It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you think. Remember this. Seriously. It’s ok to say “I don’t know” or ask more questions. Hopefully the interview went as well as I thought it did. I’ll let you know.

Other scary topics this week are cybersecurity, big-business mergers and entreprenuership. Happy Halloween!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How does Colorado rank for its science and tech job scene? [DBJ]
  • Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles through Colorado on beer delivery [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based SpotX’s founder nominated for CEO of the Year [SpotX]
  • Denver’s PaySimple enters next phase of growth with $115M investment from Providence Equity [PaySimple]
  • CenturyLink in advanced talks to merge with Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications [DenverPost]
  • 13 Colorado tech experts offer startup advice for entrepreneurs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Parker playground basis for new app aimed at getting kids to play [InnovationPavilion]
  • Denver’s cybersecurity workers paid higher than national average [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Craftsy’s big rewrite: The art and craft of scaling a startup [DenverPost]
  • The 2016 Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 11/2 – Analyze Boulder – Healthcare Data Checkup
  2. 11/2 – Arapahoe Library – Beginner Python Course
  3. 11/3 – Cloudegy – Data and Power BI
  4. 11/3 – CTP – 2016 TEY Gala
  5. 11/3 – Denver Creative Tech – Creative Sound Design and Robotic Bartenders
  6. 11/3 – Node.js Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins – Nodeschool Workshop: Learn NodeJS with us!
  7. 11/3 – Trustpilot – Denver Launch Party
  8. 11/3 – Women Who Code Boulder/Denver – React Native Workshop with Lawson Kurtz of Viget Labs [Boulder]
  9. 11/4 – CiGDA – Northside Casual

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Colorado Tech Weekly #169: Startups, EdTech and Cybersecurity

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I could rename Colorado Tech Weekly “Startups, EdTech and Cybersecurity Weekly” but that’s a little long. We could even have multiple newsletters! Tech is a big tent. There could be a Colorado Startup Weekly (there was for a few weeks a long time ago), a Colorado EdTech Weekly, a Colorado Cybersecurity Weekly. Then there’s IoT, aerospace, biotech, gamedev and probably at least 5 other Colorado tech communities that could support a weekly newsletter. It’s awesome!

Speaking of weeks, next week is Denver Startup Week which has turned into a great big deal. I’ll be there on Tuesday and I look forward to meeting you in the real world. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Stryd: Heck yeah, we’re from Boulder [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 warns of internet ‘attack of things;’ your cameras, DVRs are at risk [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado companies advocating for causes they care about [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm captures $50M to continue fighting cybercrime [BuiltinColorado]
  • ITT Tech stops enrolling new students after feds shut off financial aid [DenverPost]
  • From game nights to Fitbits, here are 6 Colorado companies’ wellness initiatives [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Ibotta leads the way to the app-to-app economy [DBJ]
  • PC magazine ranks Longmont third nationally for internet speeds [BizWest]
  • 5th annual — and still free — Denver Startup Week getting ready to start Sept. 12 [DenverPost]
  • Colorado adds academic spokes to existing cybersecurity hub [DenverPost]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #164: Happy Colorado Tech Week!

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Happy Colorado Tech Week, everyone! Granted every week is Colorado Tech Week for me, but this week it’s Colorado Tech Week for everyone! It’s true, the governor said so.

Since it is Colorado Tech Week, you should pay special attention to this week’s headlines and events because they accurately portray the awesomeness of the Colorado Tech community. There’s space, hackathons, startups, big data, developers, game development, online shopping. It’s all there!

I’m excited for a few of the events this week. Today starts the Colorado Technology Association’s 2nd annual Tech Tour to coincide with Colorado Tech Week. This week is also the 5th annual Develop Denver conference. And this weekend is the first ever Serenity Forge Game Jam. Unfortunately I won’t be participating in any of these events, but that just leaves more room for you. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield database outsourcer Datavail acquires Oracle business-intelligence consultant [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech directory published [BizWest]
  • Sierra Nevada’s Louisville-based Dream Chaser to begin Phase 2 flight testing in California at Edwards AFB [InnovatioNews]
  • The keys to a killer hackathon, according to 4 Colorado startups [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 reports $149M profit for second quarter [BizWest]
  • 4 students share what it’s really like to intern at a Colorado startup [BuiltinColorado]
  • Rocky Mountain DataCon 2016 launches [AgileData]
  • Denver-based MuscleSound names Andy Jackson President and Chief Executive Officer [MuscleSound]
  • Here’s what you need to know about Develop Denver, returning this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • How companies with Colorado ties are competing with Amazon [DenverPost]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #162: Back to Growth and Startups

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This week’s headlines return to that old familiar trend of growth and startups. Have a good week.

Be kind to each other.

 

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Asynchrony Labs growing in Denver [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Wazee Digital becomes a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership [WazeeDigital]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 deal speculation entices investors [DBJ]
  • A typical day in the life of a startup CEO [BodeTree]
  • Big updates from Colorado’s 50 startups to watch — and we’re only halfway through the year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Interview: Dave Calabrese creator of A Purrtato Tail [PewPewCat]
  • Denver’s CyberGRX closes $9M Series A, plans to add jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • HomeAdvisor’s new home sweet home will be in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood [DenverPost]
  • Data Driven Analysis: The top 5 fastest growing companies in Boulder [KickFurther]
  • Denver-based POSSIBLE MoBowl [PossibleMobile]

Top Upcoming Events

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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]

Top Upcoming Events

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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 #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]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #142: Awesome Business/Education Collaborations

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This week has three different stories about collaboration between businesses and education organizations and it’s AWESOME!

This spirit of collaboration is what I love about the Colorado technology community. People will try to tell you that, to get ahead in business, you have to be cutthroat and that it’s survival of the fittest. They’ll tell you that it’s a game that means your competitors loss is your gain. You may be able to win playing that game, but that is not a game I like to play. The growth of the Colorado tech community is proof you don’t have to play that way. There are other ways to win and I like that we play the fun way.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com partners with Denver-based Galvanize to offer free coding lessons [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver’s Commerce Kitchen lands amongst DBJ’s Top 10 Healthiest Employers [CommerceKitchen]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft reacts to feedback from Leading Boulder SaaS Provider, ShipCompliant [CodeCraft]
  • Governor Hickenlooper appoints Erik Mitisek as state’s new Chief Innovation Officer [CTA]
  • Vail Public Library’s Tech Studio open for innovation [VailDaily]
  • CU-Boulder, Lockheed team up to inspire next-generation engineers [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO Jeff Storey on medical leave following successful heart surgery [InnovatioNews]
  • Get to know the real Scott Ford, Boulder-based Rapt Media’s new Chief Operating Officer [RaptMedia]
  • 16 Meetup groups to introduce you to Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • SolidFire CEO: We will stay in Boulder, with plans to grow [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #141: The slow, steady hum of progress

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At work we have this air conditioning unit that makes a low buzzing noise. The only time we really notice it is when it turns off or starts up otherwise it’s just a constant source of background noise we get used to.

The Colorado technology community is starting to feel that way to me and in the best way possible. I look ta these headlines this week and I see constant progress. Constant hiring, constant releases, constant adjustments. Just because the general growth in Colorado tech appears constant and fades into the background, just like the air conditioner, we shouldn’t take it for granted.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fast Company names Boulder-based Agribotix to Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in drones for 2016 [Agribotix]
  • Denver’s AppThis launches two new products for app discovery and user acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Amadeus Consulting launches free software development planning tool [InnovatioNews]
  • Texas technology company, Apto, makes Denver home [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Dizzion Releases zLink Virtual Desktop Device [Dizzion]
  • Twitter plans expansion in Boulder, doubling office space and staff [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire parent NetApp plans to slash 1,500 jobs in $400M cost-cutting move [DBJ]
  • Techstars 2016 Boulder class has dating, genealogy and Bitcoin startups [Tech+]
  • Making the difference in Zen Planner’s culture in Highlands Ranch with OHANA [ZenPlanner]
  • Another RMOUG Training Days success! [DBAKevlar]

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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.

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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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