Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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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 #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 #159: New Executives for Soundwall, Optiv and Massroots

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This week there’s a new CEO, a new CIO and a new CTO in Colorado; Our amazing growth in Colorado tech seems to be slowing to just “really really good growth”; and I celebrate 3 years of Colorado Tech Weekly.

3 years and 2 weeks ago I posted my very first Colorado Tech Weekly post. I had big dreams of it being an ongoing thing, but having started a few blogs before I was realistic that it wouldn’t happen. Well it’s good to see my big dream pay out. When I look at all the projects I’ve worked on and realize all the things I’ve learned in the past 3 years I’m a little bit amazed with myself. I am excited and curious to see what I could do if I were given 40 hours per week to write code and solve problems instead of trying to fit it in around working graveyard shift, school and life in general. If you’re curious too, check out my resume page!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Brexit won’t stop $13 billion IHS-Markit deal, Douglas County company says [DenverPost]
  • Denver tech leaders plan to hire fewer IT workers this year, says survey [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Soundwall eyes growth with new CEO, $3M funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Optiv Security appoints Paul Lehman to be CIO [InnovatioNews]
  • These 15 Colorado tech companies have been around for more than 15 years [BuiltinColorado]
  • LDAP inventor joins Boulder-based JumpCloud Technical Advisory Board [JumpCloud]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces launch of new SPRK+ robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Columbus beats out Denver for $50M Smart City Challenge transportation program [DenverPost]
  • Comcast moving 1,000 employees to new Centennial location [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based MassRoots hires former Salesforce VP as CTO [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #155: Nothing Will Replace Meeting in Person

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People often ask me how many events I go to every week and the truth is that I rarely get to go to any of the events I post. I go to maybe one every month. I tell people that the events I post each week are events I wish I could go to. Well last week that week came true!

I went to 2 events, both of them on Thursday. The first event was the ReadyTalk FoxDen Launch Party where I got to demo ReadyTalk’s cool new way to meet in person and remotely. Then I went to the Go Code Colorado Final Event. It was fun to go as an observer this year as opposed to a participant. It was way less stressful! Check out my summary of the Go Code Colorado event here: 2016 Go Code Colorado Winners and Advice On How To Be One.

I wasn’t the only one to review an inspiring tech event. Check out the Google I/O recap from local developer, Kelly Shuster and the the recap by Tim Spark on GlueCon that was in Broomfield.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics teams with Indiegogo to speed tech’s path to market [InnovatioNews]
  • These 5 Colorado programs will help you learn to code in your spare time [BuiltinColorado]
  • Before they were CEOs: what 4 Colorado tech leaders studied in college [BuiltinColorado]
  • The Evolution of Denver’s Wayin: A Forbes Interview With Scott McNealy [Wayin]
  • Google I/O 2016 Recap [KioDev]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to work for newmedia [BuiltinColorado]
  • GlueCon 2016 Recap [TimSpark]
  • Denver-based MassRoots says its bid to join Nasdaq has been denied [DenverPost]
  • Colorado incentives in hand, ZingFit planning August move to Boulder [BizWest]
  • Go Code Colorado: Mobile apps for food trucks, drilling and job matching win big [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #98: Photobucket acquires all the things, social pot, Apple Watch and Go Code Colorado

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Since I sort through all my news stories on Sunday so this can go out Monday morning I’m typing this up from the offices of Rally Software in Boulder! Woohoo! I’m working in a software development office writing software! My software has nothing to do with Rally Software, but that’s just the details.

Rally is awesome enough to host the Go Code Colorado Mentor Weekend. It’s an incredible experience for anyone who’s even halfway interested in the idea of starting a tech startup to benefit Colorado. I’m definitely going to have to write a separate blog post about the Go Code Colorado Challenge. I have way more to say about it then you want to read right now. Until then, the news…

Top Colorado Technology News

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Colorado Tech Weekly #88: Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer

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For once, I feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. Many of this week’s articles point out great things about the software developer job market in Colorado. We have 4 cities ranked among the ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs’. The Denver Metro area is number one in aerospace employment. Software companies continue to succeed. Code schools and colleges are improving their developer education. All around, Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2015 Colorado tech job salary guide: How does your salary stack up? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Apple changes cannabis policies; Denver-based MassRoots returns to App Store! [MassRoots]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic Group coding apprenticeships aim to close workforce gap [BoulderDailyCamera]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Aventura raises $14M, T3Media announces new executives, SendGrid announces new app [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA seeking silent auction donations for C-Level [CTA]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders launching new JavaScript beginner course starting April 13 [InnovatioNews]
  • FCC, FTC chiefs urge Internet openness, security at CU conference [BizWest]
  • NerdWallet: Four Colorado cities among nation’s ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs,’ 8 of Top 10 in West [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: Denver Metro region ranks No. 1 in aerospace employment [InnovatioNews]
  • The Colorado guide to jumpstarting your coding career [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #67: EdTech, bought companies and new ideas

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Last week was Denver Startup Week and it was a great reminder for me about two things. It’s great to be able to help other people and my list of 10 links to get you ready for Denver Startup Week post has had more views than I could have imagined. I love being able to help people and companies connect in Colorado. The other thing it reminded me of was that social networking over the interwebz is no substitute for in-person networking. I did not go to Denver Startup Week and I feel like I missed out on so much fun. Next year I’ll be there though.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Oracle will buy Lafayette’s Front Porch Digital [DBJ]
  • 4 startups explain the state of Colorado EdTech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity raises $35M round led by private equity giant KKR [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based MassRoots, the marijuana focused social network, files for an IPO [BuiltinColorado]
  • INDUSTRY Denver announces STRIDE: Colorado’s New Health Tech Ecosystem [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Notion launches Kickstarter campaign to raise $50K for its home intelligence sensor system [InnovatioNews]
  • 10 most in-demand developer jobs in Colorado [BuiltinColoardo]
  • Greenwood Village’s PlayerLync, app maker for the Denver Broncos, branches out to business users [DBJ]
  • Cognizant buying Englewood-based TriZetto for $2.7 billion [DigitalColorado]

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