Colorado Tech Weekly #219: Sometimes the Best Tech Stories Have Very Little to do with Technology

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Tech companies and organizations are nothing without their people. Seriously, nothing would happen in those organizations without the people and it’s rewarding when those people turn out to be just as nice as I thought. That’s why I highlighted the story about Craftsy and Taylor Swift. It’s just nice people being nice.

I’m a big fan of BuiltinColorado and I’m a big fan of DigitalGlobe, so I highlighted the Built in Brews event. It looks like a great event.

Enjoy the eclipse and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Congrats to our UX Design Program Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • In first earnings report since going public, Englewood-based WOW! results don’t wow [DBJ]
  • Louisville gaming company Pavonis Interactive seeking $250,000 [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe signs $83 million deal with Austrialian defense department [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot acquires Oregon security firm to fix the security industry’s weakest link: humans [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based Sling TV, the nation’s first live internet TV service, has lost its CEO to Pandora [DenverPost]
  • Meet the 8 local tech companies that made the Inc. 500 [BuiltinColorado]
  • NoCo tech CEOs see challenges in recruiting, retaining employees [BizWest]
  • Louisville’s Flashback Technologies raises one-third of $1M goal [BizWest]
  • Taylor Swift sends flowers to Craftsy, the Denver tech company that supported her with Post-It messages [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #213: Local Tech Podcasts and Python Events

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Just over a year ago I tried adding a podcast to this blog series and found out that doing podcasts is hard. If your favorite podcast is updated inconsistently, it’s because the creator has realized just how hard it is to create and post podcast episodes. This week I wanted to point out 2 great local tech podcasts:

  • Colorado TechCast: This podcast is hosted by local tech enthusiast, Trapper Little, and  just started with great interviews by local tech community members. Trapper asked me to guest-host the show and although I REALLY wanted to, I just don’t have the time to participate and that sucks.
  • Turing School Podcast: This is a great listen for anyone who is looking to get their first job as a software developer. Even though the podcast is geared towards Turing students, it’s a great resource for all of us. Even this Computer Science student.

There are a few other good local tech podcasts, but if I start trying to list all of them you’ll never get to read the news. I’ve highlighted a few Python meetups this week. I have an AI course coming up in a few months so I’m curious to try out Python. It is a language used for AI, right?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Comic Con 2017 Hall of Games [PewPewCat]
  • Alex Ford joins Boulder-based Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Major Colorado employer Vantiv reaches $10 billion deal for Worldpay [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association Hosts Inaugural SheTech Explorer Day in Colorado [27Global]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires Odava to create one of largest cannabis tech conglomerates [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Photobucket addresses complaints over new policy that charges heavy users $400 [DenverPost]
  • Mobile Apps + Birthdays + Animals = Awesome Radial Q2 in Loveland! [RadialDevGroup]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe partners with SSL to build next-gen WorldView satellites [InnovatioNews]
  • NexusTek rallies tech community to support Colorado’s college-bound teens [CTA]
  • Louisville-based energy-tech company, Generative Technology Operatives, raises $300,000 [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #210: ViaWest, Sphero and Revolar

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One of the things I like about being a tech-enthusiast with a blog over being a journalist is that i get to unabashedly be a fan of different companies and people. So here’s the reasons I’m a fan of the companies in the title…

  • ViaWest: When I first started learning about the Colorado tech community, I was welcomed by CTA. ViaWest is a big supporter of CTA. CTA was nice to me. ViaWest was nice to CTA. Therefore ViaWest seems nice to me. It’s like an SAT question.
  • Sphero: In our household we have a SPRK, a BB8, an Ollie and the Force Band for BB8. We are just fans of Sphero. Sphero is also committed to STEAM education with their Sphero EDU app which I’ve yet to dive into since they recently made changes to it.
  • Revolar: For those of you who don’t know, I don’t work in tech yet. I work as a 911 dispatcher for a police department. I know how important it is for responders to get your location when you have an emergency and I think Revolar is doing it the right way.

I rarely post 2 headlines about the same story, but the ViaWest story seems like a big deal. I hope they continue to support the Colorado tech community as much as they do now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • INterview with Doug Campbell, Louisville-based Solid Power and Longmont-based Roccor CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s Colorado rollout will see robots and humans work together at new Thornton fulfillment center [Denverite]
  • Greenwood Village IT company ViaWest sold for $1.675B [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Notion raises $10M Series A to make homes — and insurers — smarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside the deal: ViaWest CEO on Colorado tech company’s $1.7B sale [DBJ]
  • DBJ Offices: Tour Pax8’s high-energy space in the Denver Tech Center (Photos) (Video) [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero is about to release an app-enabled Spider-Man toy [AndroidPolice]
  • Throwback Thursday: 3 leaders reflect on tech in the 80s and 90s — and make forecasts for the future [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Revolar hires ex-Otterbox CEO as its new leader [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Choozle wins Denver Business Journal’s #1 (Medium-Sized) Best Place to Work [Choozle]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #198: Heavy on tech news. Light on tech events this week.

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Usually I have a much harder time winnowing down all the awesome tech events into only 10 events for the blog post but this week I ha a hard time figuring out which news stories to share! There was lots of tech news in the past week. Please check out the sources for each article to follow all the tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Changing of the guard: Meet the new leaders at 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based ZenPlanner is bought by Alabama firm [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based energy auditor Simuwatt closes first round of funding [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Rapt Media and Kaltura partner to increase customer and employee engagement [RaptMedia]
  • Hey, number nerds: These Colorado startups want you on their team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Refactoring Dos and Don’ts [RadialDevGroup]
  • Denver marketing technology company, TapInfluence, lays off workers as it pivots business strategy [DBJ]
  • Meet the Louisville-based Rogue Wave open source audit team – Jennifer [RogueWave]
  • Why coders code: 3 senior devs on what got them into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based WOW! Internet files for an IPO [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #191: Sometimes Tech is Too Broad of a Topic

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I like when I can find a theme in the headlines I share, but I also like highlighting all the different areas that are covered in the Colorado tech community. If there’s a way to make ones and zeros do a thing, it’s being done here in Colorado. Even better, it’s done in an inclusive, supportive community. It’s just one of the reasons I look forward to being able to contribute to the Colorado tech community full time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA, Sen. Gardner create legislative initiative to aid tech community [BizWest]
  • NCAR launches operations of supercomputer Cheyenne in Wyoming [BizWest]
  • CU Denver launches media/tech center with $5 million gift from Comcast [DBJ]
  • ThoughtWorks announces Denver expansion [CTA]
  • Return Path buys Louisville e-mail data firm to securely smarten up message delivery [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap ends January on a high note with new $25M round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Radio platform Clip Interactive raises $4M in funding [BizWest]
  • Jumpstart your job search: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Optiv has big plans for new Denver headquarters [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado 2017 Kick-Off showcases the tech startup community [ScottPantall]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #151: The Nuts and Bolts of Bits and Bytes

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I love learning the ins and outs of how things work. This is why I am pursuing a Computer Science degree as opposed to going to a coding school. I don’t want to just learning how to write good code, I like learning how that code interacts with hardware and networks and all the interactions that happen when I press a button on my keyboard that saves a character in a database on my website. This interest in all the things has gotten in my way as much as it’s propelled me to learn.

Last month I successfully tempered my desire to know all the things and created a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department to keep track of Trespass Notices. This week I start my Computer Organization and Architecture 400-level course at Regis University so I will need to feed of that desire to understand all the things. I’m a little bit intimidated by the course but I’m also really looking forward to it.

This week a few of the headlines dive into how things work which is really cool and is why I love doing these blog posts! The headlines include behind the scenes at Havenly, new ways to produce electron currents from CSU, a look into office culture with music and a peek into the interview process from StatusPage.io.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Accurence moving to new Louisville facility [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be an engineer for Denver’s Havenly [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage goes all out: Integrations to hundreds of online business applications now available [CTA]
  • Ibotta Milestones: Our New Denver Headquarters [Ibotta]
  • CSU research reveals new way to produce electron currents, power devices [InnovatioNews]
  • Fusion partners With Boulder-based Rapt Media to reinvent investigative news [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder’s Stream raises $1.75M seed round [Stream]
  • Colorado tech’s office anthems [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero takes top prize at Edison Awards for Star Wars’ BB-8 droid [DenverPost]
  • How and why StatusPage.io uses coding challenges to interview developers [StatusPage.io]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #146: Which is Better? Planning or Improvising?

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The answer to the headline is “Yes.” I know. It’s a trick question and it’s Monday and you’re trying to figure out what it was you ate yesterday that has you feeling a bit off today (maybe the 5 pounds of chocoloate?) and you’re still trying to readjust after the snow storm interrupted your week last week so it’s not nice to give you a trick question and I’m sorry.

Planning is important regardless of what all the shotgun innovators tell you. If you want to do something well, you have to make a plan. Most of the headlines I share every week are the results of people setting a goal, making a plan and spending years going for it. Today I finished my Software Requirements Specification for my app for my police officers. It feels nice to have a plan.

But what about improvising? The best improvisation comes after the plan. It’s like the rescheduled events listed this week. There was a plan but things got changed, so you improvise and continue on. This is the best kind of improvisation.

Plan. Then improvise. Please.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: Revolar [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap hires former Louisville-based NexGen Storage CFO Benner [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Fruition acquires DS2 Magento Hosting [Fruition]
  • How 4 Colorado tech leaders are working to empower women in tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s SendGrid announces availability in Google Cloud Launcher [InnovatioNews]
  • New dev gigs: 5 software engineering openings in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to launch live event services at NAB 2016 [WazeeDigital]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Brewster to broaden product offerings [InnovatioNews]
  • Fast-growing Houston tech company, Poetic Software, to open Denver office [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ProtectWise guarding against hackers [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #137: A good week for companies with ‘Z’ in their name

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Zillow is going to grow. Dizzion is expanding. Galvanize gets funding. And Sierra Nevadza will need to hire to fulfill their awesome cool NASA contract. OK, there’s no ‘Z’ in Sierra Nevada but that’s still pretty exciting news for them. It’s great seeing front range companies grow!

I’m going to start figuring out how to turn this weekly post into a podcast and I’m going to start looking for tweets with the hashtag #coloradotech to build my lists. I’m looking forward to interacting with you in new, fun ways!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Slopes: 5 innovative tech companies that call ski towns home [BuiltinColorado]
  • No love for Loveland: Madwire Media is moving to Ft. Collins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hiring likely soon at Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Space Systems thanks to NASA contract [Boulderopolis]
  • Denver’s Dizzion expands offices, staff to accommodate record growth [Dizzion]
  • 4 companies leading the charge for a more diverse Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broncos use technology to deepen fan support [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $3 million in venture from Colorado fund [Tech+]
  • Lunch & Learn Recap: Kendra Prospero, CEO of Turning the Corner, on tips from a technical recruiter & job placement professional [CodeCraft]
  • The Colorado Office of Information Technology FY15 Annual Report is hot off the press [ColoradoOIT]
  • Zillow says it will add 150 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #125: Things improved, soapbox avoided and GO VOTE!

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Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know there’s no large-scale elections, but honestly the local elections impact our lives more than the big ones. I could easily jump on a soapbox about this but I’ll cut myself off before I get going. However, if you live in Jefferson County and still haven’t decided who to vote for, contact me and I’ll help you out.

I am homework free for the rest of the year, so look forward to some project updates, new projects and general blog posts about learning programming. I’m looking forward to expanding my voice on this site, instead of just churn out a top 10 list every week. That’s not to say I don’t like my top 10 lists. I do. They look like this…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What it takes to be a software consultant (by Ben Lewis) [QuickLeft]
  • New acquisition, new HQ fuel Rogue Wave’s growth in Louisville [BizWest]
  • INterview with Charisse Bowen, Galvanize Fort Collins campus director [InnovatioNews]
  • FIRST LEGO League  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS [CTA]
  • Alteryx scores $85M funding round that will help fuel growth in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • CSU researchers land $2.1M DARPA grant to develop gesture technology [BizWest]
  • Denver-based GutCheck raises $12M in Series D investment round [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville startup TermScout back in fundraising mode as it grows sales staff [Boulderopolis]
  • Colorado’s code school grads near top (plus bootcamp resources) [Tech+]
  • Witness police wrongdoing? There’s an app for that [DenverPost]

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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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