Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #188: CloudElements Grows, NewMedia Grew Too Fast and Tech-Related Politics

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This week we have some political news, but don’t worry it’s political news about technology in Colorado!

This week includes a state grant to improve rural internet access, Governor Hickenlooper talks about transportation and broadband while Colorado startups look to disrupt transportation while using broadband and (2 news items that are not listed below) Colorado’s U.S. Representative Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner have both proposed technology-related legislation. It’s important to look past the loud, headline-grabbing political stories and pay attention to what is being done in government that affects our industry. The more people we have involved in governing, the better governing we will get.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Year’s resolutions from the Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner team [ZenPlanner]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements lands $13M to expand API integration platform and grow team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg to debut “FitBit” for cows at National Western Stock Show [DenverPost]
  • State awards grants to improve Internet access in rural areas [BizWest]
  • Fast-growing Denver tech company, NewMedia restructures, lays off employees as it plots growth [DBJ]
  • What I’ve learned about Longmont’s Viget in 2016 – And what it means for recruiting in 2017 [Viget]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies that give back to their communities year-round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hickenlooper names transportation, broadband as his priorities for 2017 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ReadyTalk prepares to be acquired by much larger PGi, as founders prepare to exit [DenverPost]
  • How these 6 Colorado startups are disrupting the transportation industry [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #183: Holiday Parties and Company Insights

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I love the lists that Jess Ryan does at BuiltinColorado because it gives us a peek into the inner workings of Colorado tech startups that we would not otherwise see. My other favorite resource is company blogs themselves. I love seeing what makes tech employees and their companies proud to be them.

Enjoy the insights and the upcoming tech holiday parties. I’m sure there will be even more next week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Viget’s Pointless Weekend 2016 in Durham and Boulder [Viget]
  • North Carolina cybersecurity company, Root9B Technologies, moving corporate headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Optiv IPO halted by private equity purchase [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 wins reversal of military contract awarded to Verizon Deutschland [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies go beyond the beer keg to keep employees happy [BuiltinColorado]
  • Find a job you love: 7 Colorado companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Seagate lays off another 70 workers in Longmont [DenverPost]
  • These 4 Colorado tech pros are breaking down the stuffy HR stereotype [BuiltinColorado]
  • Vertiba, Salesforce and Arapahoe Ridge join millions in teaching computer science [Vertiba]
  • Denver smart city Peña Station Next a technological testing ground for Panasonic [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #176: Every Tech Job is a Security Tech Job

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When most people think of cybersecurity they think of antivirus companies and IT commandos in bunkers with entirely too many computer screens who track attacks on a large map while furiously typing away to keep the bad hackers away. The reality is not so sexy. The DDoS attack using IoT devices on Friday and the Denver Post story below highlight the fact that whether you’re designing an operating system for distributed servers or writing code on a internet-connected blinking light you need to be thinking about security.

Everyone involved in creating or maintaining systems needs to consider security when doing our jobs. This cannot be solved with a new technology or a disruptive startup. It requires the paradigm shift mentioned by Ed Rios. Every tech job is a security tech job.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster’s SpotX partners with BrightLine to accelerate automation of interactive video ad sales for connected TV [SpotX]
  • CTA Teams Up with Denver Broncos to Celebrate Colorado’s Innovative STEM Educators [DigitalColorado]
  • How focusing on travel is helping this legacy Colorado startup take off once again [BuiltinColorado]
  • TestPlant establishes Americas HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor gets nod in new Facebook feature [DenverPost]
  • Tech industry ponders how to fill Colorado’s 10,000 cybersecurity job openings [DenverPost]
  • INterview with Mark Turnage, Denver-based OWL Security CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • zvelo On The Go: An Interview With Joshua Rubin [zvelo]
  • Tech roundup: Denver ranked top in Forbes list, a VR haunted house and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Code42 opens Broomfield office to tap growing regional talent pool [InnovatioNews]

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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]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #160: Tech and Politics

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This week has had some big news combining Colorado tech and politics. Our Governor decided to celebrate Colorado’s tech success with Tech Week in August and the two most popular US Presidential candidates visited the state. Hillary Clinton visited Galvanize and talked about tech, education and entrepreneurship and Donald Trump visited Colorado and, while he didn’t say anything specific about technology he did say that Colorado could win so much we would be tired of winning. I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of winning. The Colorado tech community has been mostly winning for the past 3 years and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Regardless of party affiliation we all need to be more involved in politics (this means doing more than just voting in November and posting rants on social media. I need to be better at this too), especially local politics, because like technology, politics affects everything whether we like it or not.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner partners with Denver-based Cloud Elements on replatforming venture [CTA]
  • Hillary Clinton touts entrepreneurship, tech education at Denver’s Galvanize [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces organizational changes to expand leadership team [CTA]
  • How Colorado coding schools are helping veterans — and filling the gap in tech worker demand [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based GHX acquires Omaha software firm [BizWest]
  • Seagate begins cutting 1,600 jobs, some possibly in Longmont [DenverPost]
  • Centennial-based ULA downsizing triggers hundreds of layoffs, buyouts [DBJ]
  • Hickenlooper proclaims August 1-5 as Tech Week to celebrate Colorado as a tech hub [CTA]
  • Virtual companions, interactive incubators and more at Denver’s 10.10.10 health event [DBJ]
  • Report cites $50M-worth of unpaid software jobs in Boulder [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #157: Be nice to each other.

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Being nice sounds like such a simple, innocent thing to do. However it does require some courage because people might not be nice back to you and that hurts.

This week I celebrate 3 years of doing these Colorado Tech Weekly posts and I’m proud to continue  to help show off the Colorado technology community. I’m proud of this community! There are a ton of successful people and community leaders in the Colorado tech community who are just really nice people! This week’s articles about Brad Feld’s matching donations to improve diversity and CEOs that are loved by their employees highlight some of the nice people and the nice things they do for our community. And if I really think about it, every week I share 10 events that are almost all usually free events hosted by people who are doing nice things by giving away their time for free to help others succeed.

If I have half the influence that Jess with BuiltinColorado says I do, then I want to use that influence by being one of those nice people who succeeds by being nice.

This weekend in Orlando, Florida someone decided to kill people because of hate. If we want to fight hate, we have to do the opposite of hate and be kind and nice. Spewing more hate, just with different targets, will only encourage more hateful acts. Be nice to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics is Colorado’s top Fortune 500 firm again [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Maker Hub founder, Elise VanDyne, to represent Colorado at White House during National Week of Making, June 17-23 [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont Startup Week kicks off with robots, biz pitches, legal advice [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent raises $11 million, aims for profitability [DenverPost]
  • Why this company thinks job interviews should be less stressful [BuiltinColorado]
  • Matching Grant to the Techstars Foundation to Help Improve Diversity In Entrepreneurship [BradFeld]
  • Denver prepares final Smart City Challenge pitch to win $50M for transportation tech [DenverPost]
  • CEOs loved by their employees: These Colorado execs rank in the top 10 [DBJ]
  • Cathy Avgiris put family first, became most powerful woman at Comcast [DenverPost]
  • What you missed Saturday at the Denver Mini Maker Faire (Photo Album) [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #122: True Crime Edition

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You probably don’t know this, but as much as I love talking about the Colorado technology community, I don’t work in the industry. Last week I celebrated my 10 year anniversary as a 911 police dispatcher and, even better, I still have my sanity! At least that’s what the voices tell me. I like when the tech industry and law enforcement work together well like in the Level 3 story below. I am not as much of a fan of the SofTec story, but it’s good to see people like that get caught.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lone Tree-based SofTec Solutions CEO sentenced to 6 months in jail [DBJ]
  • PHP pioneers Zend Technologies acquired by Louisville-based Rogue Wave Software [VentureBeat]
  • Altitude Digital’s Jeremy Ostermiller speaks at Colorado Tech Association’s ad tech industry briefing [AltitudeDIgital]
  • Colorado Technology Foundation launches tech job shadow program [YourHub]
  • 3 Boulder Valley companies selected for digital-health pilot program [BizWest]
  • Alternative cable service Layer3 TV still launching this year, just hired Boulder ad agency [Tech+]
  • Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame wrap-up and five lessons learned [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Level 3, Cisco take down major cybercrime network online [DBJ]
  • Seagate completes $696 million purchase of Longmont’s Dot Hill [Tech+]
  • Denver-based SPYR welcomes former Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds Developer) marketing expert to advisory board [Yahoo]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #119: Boulder, Leaves and Change

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“The only constant is change” said someone who says things that other people repeat. This is CTW #119 and by pure coincidence I drove up Highway 119 yesterday to look at the changing leaves. I also drove through Boulder to come back home after driving through the mountains. It also appears that most of our tech news this week goes through Boulder.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo returns to profit for fourth quarter [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s Star Command Galaxies Steam Early Access released! [WarBalloon]
  • How Stream moved from Amsterdam to Boulder to build an SaaS company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 cuts jobs, won’t say how many [DenverPost]
  • Baltimore firm completes buyout of Boulder software company, Proposal Software [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based cannabis market data firm, BDS Analytics, raises $1.5 million [DBJ]
  • Denver IT company Tectonic raises $2M [DBJ]
  • Sleep through your commute: 5 jobs where you can ride the train to work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder team sports app TeamSnap raises $10 million [Tech+]
  • Zenpayroll, with offices in Denver, adds health, workers comp service, plans to grow as Gusto [DBJ]

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