Colorado Tech Weekly #282: My Daughter Knows More About Quizlet Than I Do And GO VOTE!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Tomorrow is Election Day so please make sure your vote counts!! Democracy works best for those who show up and if we all show up, it works better for us all.

Just as I was finishing up this post, my 14 year old daughter came home and asked if there was any interesting tech news this week. I find the tech news interesting every week or else I wouldn’t do this but considering she’s a 14 year old girl I wasn’t sure if she would find any of it interesting. I told her about Propeller cuz they’re a drone company and told her about PlayerLync because their early clients were professional sports teams. Then I told her about Quizlet bringing employment to Denver because I like bragging about that. “Oh! We use Quizlet all the time!” she said excitedly. It’s one of the tools her teachers encourage her to use. I had never heard of Quizlet before this week, so it’s neat that even though I spend much of my time reading about the tech industry, I can still have my knowledge humbled by my daughter.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Why Advanced Energy is moving 100 management employees to Denver [DBJ]
  • Quizlet online learning platform’s new Denver office could bring 300 jobs paying average annual wage of $156K [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire partners with Virta Labs to enhance medical device security [InnovatioNews]
  • CU Denver is Colorado’s only CIBER school. Here’s what that means for business. [DBJ]
  • Drone software company Propeller settling into Denver headquarters with plans to grow [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics posts record Q3 earnings on sales of $7.49B [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks acquires Allen Technology Advising [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • After CDOT attack Colorado CTO talks layers of defense [GovTech]
  • Denver’s PlayerLync receives $12.5M in new growth funding led by Volition Capital [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud’s accelerating growth requires additional office space in Boulder [JumpCloud]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #277: Solidly Built on Colorado’s Lifestyle and Generous Culture

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I had a great time at Denver Startup Week! It was my first time attending and my list of connections on LinkedIn, my To-Read list on GoodReads and my list of ideas for my career and the startup team I work with have all grown!

There was a definite theme to Denver Startup Week. The Colorado lifestyle (Work is important but so is your health and well-being) and the generous culture of our Colorado tech community make Colorado a great place to work. I heard this listening to Erik Mitisek at the Denver Startup Week kick-off on Monday. I heard this from the panel of engineering leaders from Slack, Gusto, Strava and TradeDesk on Wednesday. I heard this from Manuela Cardenas and Meghan McGinnis, both of whom want to move to Colorado from out of state to start their tech careers. And I experienced it when talking to… (ok I tried to list all the names of the people I talked to who embodied this generosity but the list was to long) …anyone and everyone at Denver Startup Week!

Don’t forget, it’s how we live and treat others that makes our community great! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • When it comes to attracting tech talent in Denver, space matters [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Facebook partner to increase access to computer programming [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘It feels very Slacky’ — Engineers at top tech companies rave about Denver [DBJ]
  • Louisville-based Vaisala reaffirms commitment to Front Range with campus expansion [BizWest]
  • Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Humane Society of Boulder [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver cannabis-tech company MJ Freeway raises $10 million, appoints new CFO [DBJ]
  • A closer look at the hot, fast-growing companies of Denver Startup Week [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies are diversifying their engineering teams [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver makes Cushman & Wakefield’s 2018 list for top tech cities [DBJ]
  • As company prepares to move its HQ to Denver, HomeAdvisor basks in glow of big year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #271: Colorado Tech Is Booming, But We Still Need More “Talent”

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When I started going back to school for my computer science degree 5 years ago, Colorado had a small but thriving inclusive tech community. Today we has a large and thriving inclusive tech community that is still growing! Denver and Boulder share the spotlight, but, like we see with the headlines this week, other Colorado areas are also growing and in need of talented workers.

This tempts me to get on a soapbox about “talented workers” but I’ll keep it short. There is a line between being unable to find talented workers for a role and having expectations that are too high for a role. If you are constantly unable to find someone to fit your role, could your expectations be too high? Can you train someone to fit this role? This is not an easy line to define. If I knew how to accurately define where this line exists, I’d be a very well off consultant but I think it’s worth thinking about.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to be acquired by Veritone [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Filling backpacks for A Precious Child [Greystone]
  • Cybersecurity industry booming in Springs, but worker shortage remains [KOAA]
  • Denver-based AdSwerve acquires Seattle firm for $24 million [DBJ]
  • Talent acquisition, security breaches weigh on NoCo tech CEOs [BizWest]
  • Gusto hiring up to 100 in Denver, growing office faster than San Francisco HQ [DBJ]
  • Xerox spinoff to lay off 410 employees in Colorado Springs, continuing trend of cutting jobs in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • 5 steps to change your career and transition into tech [CodingBlonde]
  • Denver’s Red Canary and Endgame announce partnership [RedCanary]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe co-founds and leads new World Geospatial Industry Council [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #266: Leadership Matters and Fintech Grows in Denver

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The 2 subjects of this week’s headline directly affect me on a daily basis. As an employee of a startup with less than 10 people, our company is not only affected by the decisions made by our leadership but also the moods and attitudes that are shown by our founders, our managers and each of us. Leadership is not dependent on job title in a small organization, however the people with the big job titles have the most direct affect on the mood and culture of an organization. I’m excited to see what’s in store for OpenWorldLearning and Colorado Technology Association after their leadership changes.

My startup is also involved in fintech and seeing The Funding Circle opening an office here and seeing OnDeck grow their presence here makes me excited about the industry I get to work in.

I hope there’s something to get you excited this week! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s OpenWorldLearning announced the appointment of Annie Grenier Wright as its Chair [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Louisville-based Global Healthcare acquiring firm in Germany [BizWest]
  • Denver-based  Intermap Technologies’ 3D Earth mapping tech used to rescue Thai soccer team [DenverPost]
  • British fintech firm, The Funding Circle, leases 19,000 square feet in downtown Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Frannie Matthews named Colorado Technology Association’s new president & CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • New Colorado Technology Association chief looks to help connect companies and skilled workers [DBJ]
  • Fintech company, OnDeck, to grow Denver office by 15 percent within next five months [DBJ]
  • CA Technologies, with an office in Bouder, sold To Broadcom for $19B [PYMNTS]
  • Denver cybersecurity company OverWatchID expands, moves downtown from Tech Center [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech company, FreeWave Technologies, and CU hackathon may have unlocked the key to detecting wildfires [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #251: Do Not Sacrifice Yourself for Opportunity

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Last week I had a new experience. I had my first full-blown anxiety attack. In the middle of the afternoon my mind seized up while i was trying to develop a new feature for the startup where I work and I panicked. The feature wasn’t huge, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a month of high stress both personally and professionally. I would like to not do it again.

Afterwards, I Googled “anxiety attack” and under self-care it said the best way to treat yourself is to avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, get exercise, consciously manage stress and eat healthy and I read that and I laughed because it basically told me “Do the exact opposite thing you’ve been doing all month.”

Then I read a 5280 Magazine article titled “The 9 Things You Should Know About Colorado’s Work-Life Balance” and I”ll tell you the first thing: We’re not as good at having a balance as we’d like to think. Out of the 251 weeks I’ve written these blog posts, very few of them have not highlighted growth in Colorado tech and with that growth comes new opportunities and with those opportunities comes the urge to be available at any time for those opportunities and with that comes stress.

Take some time to remember that the opportunities we seek are for ourselves, our families and our community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win, and so is Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers [DenverPost]
  • Golden drone company Juniper Unmanned raises $3.4 million [DBJ]
  • Women of Greenwood Village-based Skill Distillery speak on tech industry [SkillDistillery]
  • Broomfield-based Conga acquires Orchestrate LLC [BizWest]
  • Colorado to spend millions building electric-vehicle charging stations [DBJ]
  • Facebook bringing free week-long web skills program to Denver this summer [DenverPost]
  • What’s the tech industry’s impact on Colorado’s economy? [DBJ]
  • Tech employment in state increases by 6,530 jobs [BizWest]
  • San Francisco tech companies head east to Denver [DBJ]
  • DTC’s first Bitcoin teller on display at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #250: Colorado Tech is Going South… And It’s A Good Thing!

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I like doing everything I can to make sure this blog series is about the entire state so it’s cool to see more events in Colorado Springs and the story from the Canon City Daily Record about another tech partnership that focuses on southern counties in the state. There’s plenty of great, smart tech people outside of the Boulder/Denver area!

I got to be a part of my first software release yesterday! It was exciting and stressful and weirdly anticlimactic. I’m sure today will be busy with fixes.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural broadband bill clears its final step in the General Assembly, heads to governor to sign [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver IT company NIMBL acquired by international tech company [DBJ]
  • Amazon invests in Denver internet sprinkler startup Rachio [DenverPost]
  • Congrats to Boulder’s Simple Energy [NearlyNicole]
  • Colorado’s second technology sector partnership launches in rural region [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • 5 questions with Terry Olkin of Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Colorado-based Coalfire cybersecurity company CEO leaving, COO promoted to role [DBJ]
  • Louisville’s Gaia Inc. offering 2.3 million shares in public offering [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor sued by San Francisco DA over ads touting background checks [DenverPost]
  • From alpacas to homebrews: 5 Colorado software engineers dish on their quirkiest hobbies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #248: Big or Small, New or Old, Colorado Tech Makes News

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One of the things I enjoy about doing this blog series is placing news about big, well-known companies like Amazon, Google and Level3 next to new or less well-known companies like Conga, Redeam and Automox. It’s important to me to point out that you don’t need to be big or well-known to make Colorado tech better and bigger. You just have to do cool things and tell people about it. That’s it!

Speaking of cool things, I’m done with schoolwork! No more. Nada! Done! Fin! No mas! I don’t graduate until May but all I have left to do for school is wait for the ceremony so I can wear the cap and gown. Woohoo!

 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • PHOTOS: Google’s new Boulder campus shows off the perks of working for a tech giant [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Conga to acquire Octiv to speed intelligent document automation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based tech company, Redeam, closes $7.7M round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Automox receives $2M investment to speed platform development [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s HQ2 team tours Denver metro area, rides RTD A line and talks diversity [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s Jeff Storey to start CenturyLink CEO job eight months earlier than expected [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Association chief leaving for new job; here’s where she’s headed next [DBJ]
  • Introducing the Broomfield-based SpotX Developer Blog [SpotX]
  • Sprint hits Colorado’s WOW! with patent lawsuit; company delays earnings release [DBJ]
  • So long, status quo: How 6 Colorado companies drive diversity in tech [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #244: Not All Hard Work Gets a Headline

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Last week, as much as I was looking forward to going, I had to skip out on going to the Go Code Colorado Kickoff event. Instead I stayed home and worked on the specifications and UX design for my app that I am creating for my capstone project.

My project will be a Software-as-a-Service web app for comic book stores to manage their subscribers (or “pull lists” as they’re called). I’m excited to make it, but it’s a lot of work especially when the class is only 8 weeks long. Add to the fact that my new job that I love involves me working all day and not just waiting for bad things to happen, I don’t have a lot of time.

My headline for this week is my reminder that just because someone, or some organization, is not active online or posting news releases doesn’t mean they’re not doing cool things. Doing cool things requires a lot of work that no one sees.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com’s API v4 is here [Name.com]
  • Jim Lejeal joins Boulder’s VictorOps as chief financial officer [InnovatioNews]
  • CEO Mike Shehan on progress of the Broomfield-based SpotX / smartclip merger [SpotX]
  • Denver’s FullContact appoints Tim Prunk president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vs. San Francisco: How they compare on tech salaries might surprise you [DBJ]]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage recognized as leader in Colorado tech scene by G2 Crowd [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers back faster rural broadband funding; CenturyLink predicts rate spike [DBJ]
  • Why coders code: 6 Colorado techies share how they got into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado: another year of data-driven competition [ColoradoSOS]
  • Lessons in hypergrowth: How 5 Colorado tech startups overcame the challenges of scaling [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #243: Move Fast and Name Things

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The hardest thing that programmers have to do is name things. I’m learning that the business world is not immune to this issue either. I highlighted the story about WorldPay/Vantiv/Mercury Pay cuz I’ve been able to use Vantiv’s info for my day job work and it points out the issue with names. When you’re moving fast and growing and acquiring and being acquired, how much time should you spend renaming and rebranding to make work easier?

There seems to be an artificial permanence to the names of things. It’s frustrating in a different kind of way. I’m not sure what to do about it or if anything should be done.

I’ll be at the Go Code Colorado Kickoff on Wednesday. I’m not participating in the challenge, but I really like the people who run and mentor the chalenge.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo purchases Neutral Path for $31.5 million [BizWest]
  • Durango startup WorldPay (Formerly Vantiv, formally Mercury Payment Systems) now ranks among world’s largest [BizWest]
  • What Denver should do when Amazon doesn’t choose it for HQ2 [BradFeld]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network races into internet of things world by buying Denver parking startup ParkiFi [DenverPost]
  • Colorado eyes blockchain to secure government data, legal pot [DBJ]
  • Silicon Valley software firm Xactly expands in Denver, plans to hire hundreds [DenverPost]
  • Robots, referees and a shot at the regional tournament: Hundreds of students compete in technological throwdown at Regis [DenverPost]
  • An inside look at the morning routines of highly successful tech leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $41M in January. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2018’s top technology trends: How Colorado tech is pushing the envelope [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #234: Revolar lives up to their name, I start my first day and all the December tech events

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Last week I happily learned that “revolar” is Spanish for “to take flight again.” Luckily, since I started this blog I have seen very few good companies go away and I was honestly heartbroken to hear about Revolar closing their doors, so I am excited to share the news that they are back in business!

Speaking of exciting news, today is my first day of my new career! I have no idea what my work or my life will be like in the immediate future and I’m super excited about that. Wish me luck!

As always, I only listed 10 tech events, but it seems like the first week of December is when all the monthly tech groups are doing their meetings to get them out of the way before the holidays so if you’re looking for a tech meetup this month, it’s probably happening within the next 2 weeks. I’m tempted by the Misty Robotics hackathon. If you remember, Misty Robotics is the serious-robot spin-off from fun-toy-robot company, Sphero. I’m a big fan of them as well.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo Group to pay $127 million for private fiber network backed by former Netscape CEO [DenverPost]
  • Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based cannabis software firm, Baker Technologies, lands $8M funding round [BusinessDen]
  • Denver’s Revolar takes flight again [Revolar]
  • Cannabis tech partnership: Colorado’s MassRoots teams up with New Frontier Data [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s tech job growth and office rent increases slower than most of the top 30 tech markets [DenverPost]
  • How Denver’s Name.com is helping the community during the season of giving [Name.com]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks named one of Colorado’s Top 250 Private Companies for 4th year in a row by Colorado Biz Magazine [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • In Colorado, do more votes for municipal broadband networks mean instant internet access? Not so fast [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft School suspends enrollment [CodeCraftSchool]

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