What I’ve learned about the Colorado tech community after 1 year

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My goal is to have a software/web/app development job by 2016, so one year ago yesterday I started Colorado Tech Weekly to keep myself up-to-date on what was happening in the technology community in Colorado. I turned it into a blog because I knew that if I wanted to know what was going on, so did a lot of other people. This happens to be a theme within the Colorado tech community. Don’t just help yourself, help everyone else!

5 things I’ve learned in no particular order

  • Startups are noisy – I mean this in the nicest way possible. They’re launching, acquiring more funding, announcing exciting partnerships, filing for IPOs, getting acquired by larger companies and generally creating a ton of buzz. A lot of our startups are tech startups and it’s fun and easy to get caught up in the excitement!
  • There is no shortage of helpful people – The people and companies that make up the Colorado tech community are a helpful bunch. If you can think of a programming language, a framework or a discipline, there is probably a Meetup group here to help you learn about it. Speaking of Meetup groups…
  • There is no shortage of fun, helpful events – If I went to every tech related event just in the Denver area, I would be constantly busy. Between monthly group meetups, startup weeks, hackathons and conferences I wouldn’t have any time to do anything else!
  • Twitter may not be the best way to keep track of all the tech people in Colorado – I thought I would be clever and follow every person and company related to the Colorado tech industry. I didn’t anticipate that my Colorado Tech list would end up topping 1500 accounts. I also didn’t anticipate that Twitter would only allow me to follow 2001 accounts. Argh!
  • I can’t get over the “community” part of the Colorado tech community – Startups are growing and multiplying like rabbits. Large companies are celebrating big projects. There is such a great atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement! Companies, groups and experienced designers and developers are more than willing to help each other, their neighborhoods and newbies to the profession. It’s amazing!

Numbers:

  • My site receives around 200 visits per month. About 100 of those come from Colorado
  • 1,636 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list
  • 25 different local news sources found

Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts:

  1. Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things
  2. Colorado Tech Weekly #22: Thank you from a veteran
  3. Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO
  4. Colorado Tech Weekly #38: C-Level at Mile High and Promising Futures
  5. Colorado Tech Weekly #47: So Much News, There’s News About News

Top 5 News Sources:

  1. BuiltinColorado.com
  2. InnovatioNews.com
  3. Denver Business Journal
  4. TechKnowBytes Blog
  5. Xconomy.com

Top 5 most mentioned companies:

  1. Convercent
  2. Level 3
  3. Quick Left
  4. SendGrid
  5. Dish Network

Where do I go from here?

  • I’m going to keep doing the same thing, just more of it.
  • Next week I am going to start a 2nd news series: Dev News Weekly. It will focus on national news for developers. It will probably focus on web development as that’s where my focus has been.
  • I will start posting at least 1 opinion post per month.
  • I will be better at posting project updates. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.

Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them.

Colorado Tech Weekly #52: Consistency feels good

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 52nd CTW post, so it makes sense that I’ve been at this for a year straight! But when I look back, CTW #1 was posted on June 16, 2013 so I’m feeling a bit off. I’ll dance to a year of consistency anyway because I can!

June must be a good time to start covering technology and innovation in Colorado. Congrats to one of my favorite news sources, InnovatioNews, on their 2 year anniversary! I hope I’m always a year behind you.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Datalogix Closes $45M Round, Reportedly Considering IPO This Year [CTA]
  • HappyGov, MoveMyMusic Take Top Prizes at Hack4Colorado Competition [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s ColdQuanta taps quantum physics to carve Nobel-winning niche in supercomputing industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado accepting Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs grant applications [COIN]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $13M, looking for more amid major expansion push [Xconomy]
  • Westminster’s TermScout breaks into commercial real estate market with $635,000 seed round [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 young Front Range tech companies to keep tabs on [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don’t call it the World Cup) [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup, SnowGate, takes home $20,000 in Miller Lite business competition (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • ViaWest opens its latest Denver-area data center [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #50: Growth, more growth and an Airlife app

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I work full-time as an emergency dispatcher, so the Airlife app story got me super excited! There needs to be more out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to technology and emergency services. If only there was some sort of event where creative minds got together to try to improve government services in Colorado…. OH WAIT! Hack4Colorado is this weekend!

If you are planning on participating in Hack4Colorado and you want some cool public safety ideas, let me know. I’ll give you all sorts of ideas. Unfortunately I can’t be there. I’ll be staying up all night waiting for 911 calls instead.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Uvize determined to help veterans make transition to college life [Xconomy]
  • SendGrid moves corporate HQ to larger space in downtown Boulder to support hiring growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Air Ambulance By iPhone: AirLife Denver Releases App [TechRockies]
  • Verizon lights up super fast XLTE mobile broadband network in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • Red Rocks Community College Announces Cyber Security Scholarship Program [YourHub]
  • Westminster’s SpotXchange reports 145 percent revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • Quickleft recaps Boulder Startup Week 2014 [QuickLeft]
  • Galvanize to open Fort Collins campus next year [BuiltinColorado]
  • OneNeck picks location of new Douglas County data center [DBJ]
  • Walter Scott Jr. officially steps down at Broomfield’s Level 3 [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #49: Incoming jobs from Lockheed, Sendgrid, Layer3 and other good news

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There is a LOT of good news bouncing around this square state and I have a feeling with Boulder Startup Week just wrapping up, Aspen’s and Fort Collins’ Startup Weeks just about to start and Denver Startup Week not too far away that the good news is gonna keep coming. Is there a Startup Week in southern Colorado? There should be.

Also I recently just found out how cool Evernote is. It’s especially cool for a blog like this one. If you have any tips on how to make the best of Evernote, please pass them along. Thanks!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems adding hundreds of commercial space jobs to Colorado HQ in Littleton [DBJ]
  • Vantiv to acquire Durango-based MercuryPay for $1.65 billion [BuiltInColorado]
  • 4 Galvanize Boulder companies you should look out for at its launch this week [BuiltInColorado]
  • SendGrid Expands In Boulder, Ramps Hiring [TechRockies]
  • Layer3 TV picks Denver for its new corporate headquarters [InnovatioNews]
  • gSchool students dominate Boulder Startup Week Hackfest [Galvanize]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 selected to provide secure global content delivery network for Russian game maker [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins startup, Beagle, wins Go Code Colorado Challenge [CTA]
  • New telecom regulations offer benefits to consumers, tech sector [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder to welcome Twitter to town, and celebrate Gnip deal, on June 4 [TechKnowBytes]

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #48: Let’s Keep the Net Neutral and Colorado in Drive

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If you use the internet, create things for the internet or just giggle at Lolcats on the internet in Colorado there are some things going on at the state and federal level that you should be aware of. Andy Vuong’s TechKnowBytes post about Level 3 is a good place to start if you are concerned about what FCC director Tom Wheeler has proposed in regards to net neutrality (You should be concerned). Meanwhile the Denver Business Journal article about telecom reform is great news for the expanse of high-speed internet in Colorado. Happy Monday!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Dish Network to start streaming video service by early 2015; Ergen reveals plans [DBJ]
  • Telecom reform, ride-sharing app rules emerge from Colorado Legislature [DBJ]
  • University of Denver to break ground on $41M STEM facility [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Peak gets another $4 million for its innovative approach to cloud technology [BuiltInColorado]
  • What 5 Startup Crawl host companies have up their sleeves for Boulder Startup Week [BuiltInColorado]
  • Scaling SendGrid: Interview With Jim Franklin [BuiltInColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 accuses five U.S. ISPs of throttling traffic [TechKnowBytes]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects releases LulzBot TAZ 4, the company’s most robust and capable 3D printer [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Orbotix Raises $15.5 M to Develop Next Generation of Toys [Xconomy]
  • A review of the Energy & Tech Mashup at Galvanize in Denver: Novel format designed for momentum [BuiltInColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #43: Life, the Universe and Everything Plus One

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The number 42 always inspires Douglas Adams puns from me, For the life of me I can’t figure out why I missed out on such a great pun opportunity last week. I suppose I was too nervous about the Hour of Hardware event I was running at my daughter’s elementary school. It went great! The kids seemed to have a great time and the computers we used all worked after all the students left. You can read my review of the event here.

The news I read about the tech industry inspires and motivates me and it’s nice to pass that inspiration on to others.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Durango-based Mercury Payment Systems goes for $100M IPO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 and Elemental team to demonstrate world’s first real-time 4K Ultra HD streaming system [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck Returns From Google’s Inaugural Demo Day With $100K [Xconomy]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles 5 amazing women developers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Is startup life a fit for you? BuiltinColorado provides insight into 4 local startup jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Open source thrives in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based MassRoots, a social app for cannabis users, gains $475K in follow-up funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado companies Dish Network and Arrow Electronics named to InformationWeek Elite 100 [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Mobile Accord helped U.S. start covert Twitter-like service to stoke dissent in Cuba, says AP (Video) [DBJ]
  • Congrats to the GoCodeColorado Challenge Weekend Finalists [GoCodeColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #36: Online video innovation. Leadership changes. Student support.

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Two of this week’s national stories have to do with supporting students who want to become software developers. As one of those students it brings up the internal (eternal?) argument between traditional and non-traditional education programs. I got burned by a non-traditional school which is why I’ve decided to go back to a more well-established school in Regis University. That is not to say I am against non-traditional programs such as the DaVinci Coders program in Louisville and gSchool at Galvanize in Denver, but if you’re considering jumping into the software development field it’s something you should spend some time considering.

Local News

  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Way to Go unveil first-of-its-kind trip planning tool [YourHub]
  • Denver app maker Welltok raises $22 million, featuring first investment from IBM’s Watson Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based Rapt Media releases Site Pairing technology to transform customer online media experience [InnovatioNews]
  • Evergreen-based Wowza launches Wowza Streaming Engine software to improve performance [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association elects Molly Rauzi as its 2014 board chair [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s RoundPegg selects Kevin Grauman as its new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 CEO addresses NSA spying revelations, impact on business [DBJ]

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National News

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says next move on net neutrality will come soon [TechKnowBytes]
  • How Facebook’s Open Academy helps students to become better software engineers [TheNextWeb]
  • GitHub introduces new discounts to support student coders [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #25: Tryptophantastic

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This year was the first year I was in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. I’m thinking of putting it on my resume as proof of my project management skills. If you’ve never done this, the last 20 minutes or so before dinner, you are coordinating the preparation of 4 different side dishes while finishing up the turkey and setting the table using friends and family as volunteers. Nothing says holiday fun like dancing with 3 other people in a small kitchen while holding sharp knives and hot pans! I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Seamless Toy introduces Atoms, the latest robotic toy from Colorado [Xconomy]
  • KidsTek and COMPASS work together in Aurora schools [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Home automation startup Revolv lands $4 million in funding, led by Foundry Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • RoundPegg announces $2.8M fundraising round to beef up sales and marketing efforts [InnovatioNews]
  • Innovation Pavilion, Maverick Software partner to match firms with computer students [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Kindara raises $370K to develop app and expand team, hopes to raise $380K more this year [InnovatioNews]
  • Retired Air Force General Lindell named by Hickenlooper to be state’s aerospace and defense champion [InnovatioNews]
  • NSA may have accessed Google and Yahoo user data via Broomfield-based Level 3’s network [TechKnowBytes]

National News

  • Google moves to attract Chromecast developers [ComputerWorld]
  • Microsoft Now Shipping Kinect For Windows Preview Kits To “Thousands” Of Developers [TechCrunch]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #24: Plans for the future. Awards for the past

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This is another Colorado-only edition of CTW! I love when this happens!

I really like reporting on awards won by local technology companies for 2 reasons. The first reason is it’s just fun to tell people “Congratulations” for their hard work. The second reason is it gives me an idea of which companies I should apply for once I have some skills. I also really like hearing about long term plans from companies because I don’t plan on being hirable for 2 years. Enjoy the short week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top News

  • Denver-based BiggerPockets CEO Dorkin talks about ‘Going all in’ [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fueled by a recent acquisition and a supercomputer, Denver-based WellTok is changing the healthcare game [BuiltinColorado]
  • Congratulations to Ascent Award winners from Communications Technology Professionals: AudioAir for Most Innovative Company, Ajubeo for XaaS Company of the Year and Level 3 for Biggest Impact on Colorado [CTP]
  • A “restructuring” at Trada, Inc. 5000′s fastest growing private company in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • SGI racks up six top honors in 2013 HPCwire Readers and Editors Choice Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • To SpotXchange’s co-founders, it’s a long-term view to reach global success [BuiltinColorado]
  • First Data Corp. to cut 550 jobs in metro Denver [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech execs want to hire, but they worry about talent [DBJ]
  • Five infographics to give you the run down on Colorado companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • KidsTek partners with a volunteer from Carbon8 help North High students learn and apply web design and marketing principles [KidsTek]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #12: Maybe I Should Make an Amazon App

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I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Between last July’s news of Amazon allowing HTML5 apps and this week’s news of allowing in-app purchases of real goods, developing for the Amazon App Store is looking more and more appealing.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave Software acquires Broomfield-based OpenLogic [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire accepts their $2.9M Colorado tax credits to create over 300 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics acquires Germany-based distributer, Computerlinks [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont-based DigitalGlobe is going to move their headquarters all the way to Broomfield in 2015 [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 Communications cuts 150 jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Wayin announces partnership with the St. Louis Rams, their 3rd NFL team partner [BuiltinDenver]

National News

  • Technology groups call for immigration reform [CTA]
  • Using old versions of Android will put you at risk [ZDNet]
  • Amazon now allows Android developers to earn money off of real goods bought as in-app purchases [TheNextWeb]
  • A glitch in Amazon’s cloud services affects Instragram, Vine and Netflix [BBC]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!