Colorado Tech Weekly #194: Education is Hard, Especially in Tech

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I have 6 courses left until I finish my Computer Science degree. I will graduate in Spring of 2018. It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past 3 years. It feels so close, but also still so far away.

Education is frustrating for the simple fact that we are doing something we’ve never done before and we don’t know how to do it. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that it wouldn’t be called learning if I already knew how to do it. 4 years of part-time courses takes its toll so I’m looking forward to my initial education being done. I say “initial education” because, especially in tech, we never stop learning. I’m just looking forward to not taking college courses.

This week I’m not the only one thinking about tech education. Tech education is a focus in Colorado Springs, the capitol building and is the topic of most of the events this week!

Keep learning and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based startup SlamData raises $6.7M [BizWest]
  • AppIt Ventures triples space in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood [BizWest]
  • From waffle parties to international trips, here’s how 3 Colorado tech companies celebrate their wins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software maker, Conga, expects big revenue and job growth after acquisitions [DBJ]
  • Canadian firm buying Colorado’s DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion [DBJ]
  • How Boulder startup, Conclave, is bringing military-grade encryption to your private messages [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of global expansion [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector [Chalkbeat]
  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida [DenverPost]
  • Growing technical education and talent in the Springs [CSBJ]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #190: Go Code Colorado, C-Level at Mile High and Why It’s Good to #GiveFirst

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Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Kick-Off event. I’ll be there! Say “Hi” if you can.

The Go Code Colorado event in 2015 was my first-ever “hackathon” and I got to be a part of a winning team of amazing people who I still love talking with when I get a chance. I put hackathon in quotes because the Go Code Colorado challenge is much more of an entrepreneurial challenge with code than it is a straight up hackathon. It’s still a great challenge that I love being a part of in anyway I can.

Speaking of events I enjoy being a part of, it’s that time of the year that I start promoting CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. It’s CTA’s yearly silent auction where you can bid for fun items and event packages, but the big draw is the silent auction for time with some of the top C-Level executives in the Colorado technology community.

I enjoy promoting Go Code Colorado and C-Level because when I first started looking into the Colorado tech community in 2013 these were some of the first organizations to be welcoming and inviting to someone who had no idea what he was doing.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA announces speakers for C-Level @ A Mile High [InnovatioNews]
  • A new employee’s view of Niwot’s SparkFun: Start Something [SparkFun]
  • UAS Colorado Joins Wohnrade Civil Engineers for Great Sand Dunes National Park Mapping Project [UASColorado]
  • 2016 Colorado Startup Report: $780M in funding and $35B in exits [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet our January 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Lockheed Martin shows off autonomous vehicle tech it’s developing in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck by The Numbers [GutCheck]
  • Denver’s Faction closes $11M Series B, plans to expand global footprint [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Room 214 Culture: Doing Our Best [Room214]
  • Technology back in driver’s seat in metro Denver [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #173: Developers As People

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I keep waiting for the week I mess up on my count of CTW posts, but Week #173 isn’t that time!

Every post I share is because I like it and/or I think it’s important news. It’s a pretty simple setup. This week I especially like 2 posts from BuiltinColorado by Jess Ryan that highlight Colorado software developers. The posts aren’t just about the tech or statistics about tech jobs, they show how to be as a developer. They’re awesome! it makes me wonder how I want to be as a developer.

Our companies and our community are nothing more than a collection of people. It sounds stupid simple when I say it out loud but it can be an easy thing to forget. Each of us affect our community not just with what we produce, but with how we be.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Review: Boulder’s Sphero Force Band will get Star Wars BB-8 to do your bidding [DenverPost]
  • TechRIoT delivers ‘Yellow Brick Road’ to 8 graduating IoT startups [TechRIoT]
  • Denver-based MassRoots lays off staff, defaults on debt [DBJ]
  • With $8.5M Series A, Denver’s Guild Education will expand services to help more adults learn [BuiltinColorado]
  • From nail art to karaoke, these 13 Colorado tech employees do more than work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s CANVAS Technology breaks out of stealth, revealing just what their robots do [BuiltinColorado]
  • Rep. Jared Polis launches bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus [InnovatioNews]
  • How 7 Colorado developers handle big pushes [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week Recap from a Denver Gazelle [MindAptiv]
  • 20 years ago, communications satellite gave a boost to Littleton-based Lockheed [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #172: More Phsyical-to-Digital Comparisons

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I took time off work so I could spend all day Saturday sanding drywall and all day yesterday painting ceilings. I have half-assed my homework and have not written any code since… well it’s been a while. But this week’s CTW post is going up because I take immense pride in the fact that it has been going for 172 consecutive weeks!

Here are a few more things I’ve learned while working on my home:

  1. Changing the back-end is difficult and fraught with unforeseen problems. We had foundation issues with our house. They lifted the foundation, but the basement floor didn’t lift. Then they attempted to lift the basement floor but it started to crack. Hopefully today they will lift the floor and make it work. Whether you’re dealing with the foundation of a house or the underlying code of an application, things will be difficult.
  2. The front-end takes meticulous attention to detail and, while not as structurally important as back-end work, still takes a lot of work. Since we had tore up our carpet in the basement, we used this as an opportunity to get rid of the ugly popcorn ceiling we had. I scraped it off, then had to patch and sand to make the ceiling appear smooth. This took a lot of work and attention to detail. Whether you are painting a wall or ceiling or changing the look of an application, know that there will be many adjustments made to make sure it looks good.

I hope you, and I, have a great week. Wish us luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield’s Webroot expands with CyberFlow Analytics purchase [DBJ]
  • How Developers Led Denver-based SendGrid to Its JSON Driven API Request Payloads [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder’s Foundry Group’s newest fund closes at $500M [DBJ]
  • CU-Boulder and Westminster-based DigitalGlobe partner to advance research innovation locally, worldwide [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave partners with Resilio for enhanced data transfer, management [InnovatioNews]
  • How paid internships benefit startups as much as students [BuiltinColorado]
  • 10 Colorado startups shaking up the healthcare industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed wins $395 million Air Force order for two GPS satellites [DBJ]
  • JavaOne 2016 Recap [FreeWave]
  • KidsTek Receives Generous Donation from Denver’s FORTRUST [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #170: Dizzion and GoSpotCheck Grow, Denver Celebrates Startups and Amazon Office Opens in Broomfield

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Today officially starts Denver Startup Week! I have purposely left DSW events out of this post for two reasons. The first reason is that the DSW website is an excellent and easy to use resource for all things DSW.

The second reason is that I’m a little bitter about DSW. Last week I was all excited to spend Tuesday downtown at panels, meeting people and participating in the Cognizant Quick Left hackathon however life had other plans for me. My house needs foundation repairs so instead of spending Tuesday meeting you cool people in real life I will spend it moving everything out of my basement to get my basement slab repaired.

Things don’t always go as planned but they often work out for the best. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Titan Robotics Engineer, Allison Jones, named Flag Bearer for Rio Paralympics [Titan3DRobotics]
  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo spent the week with over 20,000 hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s what we saw [zvelo]
  • Denver-based Dizzion secures $6.4M Series A1 funding led by Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners [Dizzion]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck pulls in $16.5M Series B, plans to double headcount [BuiltinColorado]
  • Anschutz doubles down on e-sports with five-year ESL joint venture [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies where you could land your dream job this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lockheed-built NASA probe made in Littleton launches on mission to fetch asteroid sample [DBJ]
  • Golden’s Wowza Media Systems partners with Alibaba Cloud to deliver streaming to Chinese markets [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way in Broomfield [DBJ]
  • Are you a stranded ITT Tech student? Colorado’s community colleges are offering help [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #168: Pioneers in Every Way

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We take pride in being pioneers here. There are license plates just for families of pioneers that settled in Colorado but it’s not just the historical pioneers that make us proud. Our startup scene is full of successful and fun pioneers that pass on their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge to others and some of the stories this week highlight the different ways Coloradans continue to be pioneers. This week we get to be internet, space and cybersecurity pioneers. I’m looking forward to seeing what we have in store in the next week.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s ThoughtWorks [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTOs to know: What Colorado’s tech leaders are working on now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group posts $76.2M loss for fiscal year [BizWest]
  • Denver entrepreneur to run Project Loon, a Google ‘moonshot’ project [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics ups its Indiegogo support with $1 million offered to makers of tech products [DenverPost]
  • Lockheed gives CU Boulder $3 million to fund space communications research [DailyCamera]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe teams up with CosmiQ Works, NVIDIA and Amazon to launch SpaceNet [InnovatioNews]
  • Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs to hire CEO and host national conference [Gazette]
  • Seattle-area IT firm, Apptio, expanding in Denver files for IPO [DBJ]
  • Meet Our September 2016 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #167: Sometimes things make sense

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FullContact acquiring Conspire makes complete sense. These 2 Denver companies work to help us make sense of our contacts as opposed to just dumping every contact we’ve used in a big list (Google) or making contact information secondary to their real purpose (just about any social media site). I’m excited to see what comes from this.

Other things that made sense this week include Galvanize growing their education programs, growth in health-tech and AI as a service. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Galvanize closes $45M Series B to grow their education programs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SparkFun taps Glenn Samala as new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Google targeting Boulder, 23 other cities to test new wireless network [BizWest]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Denver-based Conspire [InnovatioNews]
  • Greenwood Village-based zvelo signs multi-million dollar contract with first AI as a Service customer [zvelo]
  • Inc. 5000: Which Colorado companies are on the list? [DBJ]
  • What’s new in tech: 4 Colorado startups share their views on the latest trends [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based defense contractor adding 85 jobs [Gazette]
  • CTOs to Know: Meet Gusto’s Edward Kim [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s NextHealth Technologies closes $8.5M Series A, looks to add 50 employees [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #166: Space, Startups and 2 New Names

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This is week number one-hundred sixty-six in a row, although you probably figured that out by looking at the title of the post. Over three years of weekly posts and it’s still fun that I can find out about new companies and organizations that add to the Colorado technology community.

This week is full of my 3 of my favorite things about the Colorado technology community: Space, Startups and new names. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Serenity Forge “Healing” Game Jam recap [PewPewCat]
  • One year in, lessons from CA Technologies’ acquisition of Boulder’s Rally Software [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech CEOs: Talent tough to come by despite NoCo being ‘on the map’ [BizWest]
  • Denver start-up FullContact nabs $25 million in venture backing [DenverPost]
  • My Experience as a Zenman Intern [Zenman]
  • Why these big companies want to act like startups [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver messaging startup, Kwippit, pulls in $2.5 million as it launches app [DBJ]
  • Boulder software firm JumpCloud raises $4.25M in new funding [BizWest]
  • NASA picks Colorado companies Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada for deep-space habitats [DBJ]
  • Following Denver expansion, Seattle online insurance company, QuoteWizard, lays off HQ employees [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #161: Real Space, Fake Space, Real Bots, Chat Bots

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This week there was cool news about real space with Lockheed Martin’s involvement with the Juno space probe. There is also some cool news about a space-themed game published by Serenity Forge.

The chat bot is thanks to BillHero in Ft. Collins so you can pay your bills using Facebook Messenger. And when it comes to real bots, I have finally started developing my first Sphero app. It’s a very simple app that allows you to drive the Sphero and see data from the Sphero sensors so you can figure out if you and your robot are thinking the same thing.

Have a great week! Be kind to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NASA and Littleton-based Lockheed Martin reach Jupiter with Juno space probe [DBJ]
  • Englewood-based IHS and Markit merger will trade under new NASDAQ symbol [DenverPost]
  • A Note from our New CEO, Andrea Young [CTA]
  • 4 Colorado recruiters share what you should really ask during your interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid launches new endpoint to complete API email management [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Denver-based Dizzion and Call Center Optimization Group announce new partnership [Dizzion]
  • Don’t settle for boring. 5 Colorado tech companies that want to hire you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Ft. Collins-based BillHero announces first Facebook Messenger chat bot for paying bills [InnovatioNews]
  • This Colorado tech company is responsible for more than 5 million app installs each month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lifeless Planet Premier Edition, published by Boulder-based Serenity Forge, coming to PS4 July 19 [PlayStation.Blog]

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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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