Colorado Tech Weekly #274: Tech is Taking Over Denver

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Growth, expansion, buy-outs, acquisitions. These words have been constant in the Colorado tech community for last the past 5 years and it doesn’t show any sign of stopping. Denver especially has been seeing a lot of growth in tech companies and jobs. Will Denver become known as a tech city in the same way we think of San Francisco or Seattle? OR are we so excited to talk about exciting growth in an exciting field that we’re losing focus on other great industries in Denver? Or maybe a little bit of both.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • From Rockets to Jams, SCAPE highlights its latest round of entrepreneurs [DurangoTelegraph]
  • New Colorado law shows ‘stakes are higher’ for businesses dealing with consumer data [DBJ]
  • Boulder tech firm JumpCloud growing headcount to 150 with $10M in latest funding [DBJ]
  • The tech industry is taking over downtown Denver’s office space [Denverite]
  • Inside the new Choozle office in Denver [Choozle]
  • Denver-based Silvernest, a startup that connects seniors with a roommate, raises $3 million [DBJ]
  • Colorado “war games” tests election preparedness [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver-based credit union fintech startup CULedger raises $8.5 million [DBJ]
  • Downtown Denver keeps up tech momentum as Xero celebrates opening Americas’ HQ on Platte Street [DenverPost]
  • Loveland to host broadband meetings [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #268: TechStars, Gavlanize and Colorado Tech’s Growing #GiveFirst Influence

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TechStars and Galvanize are two of the organizations that have been instrumental in the definition of our Colorado tech community. TechStars made #GiveFirst one of their core tenets. This is the idea that you help others when you can without any regard for what, if anything, you get in return. It’s one of my favorite things about our community. It’s great to see their influence spreading and I hope they can bring that same sense of community to more people.

Galvanize has helped to foster an open, inclusive community that has helped people of all walks of life get into and grow our tech community. It’s exciting to see Galvanize celebrate their 100th web cohort class!

These are only 2 of the many organizations that has made the Colorado tech community what it is today and it takes all of us to continue that attitude. It makes me happy to be here.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xero partners with Gusto (both companies have offices in Denver) as payroll provider [PYMNTS]
  • Conga HQ consolidation in Broomfield reaps millions in incentives [BizWest]
  • Former Boulder-based Techstars entrepreneur-in-residence David Mandell starts new venture capital firm [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with Growing Colorado Kids [GreystoneTech]
  • Google grant expands public Wi-Fi in downtown Boulder [BizWest]
  • Keck Foundation grants CSU $1M to make and measure spin waves [InnovatioNews]
  • Summer of Tariffs: How tariffs are affecting Niwot-based SparkFun [SparkFun]
  • Ohio-based tech firm Vertiv opening office, hiring in Loveland [BizWest]
  • Denver breaks into top 10 in list of North America’s top tech talent cities [DBJ]
  • Tech roundup: Guild raises $40M Series C, Techstars’ Natty Zola joins Matchstick Ventures, and more [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #259: Growing and Being New and Honesty

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I’m coming up on 6th months as a junior developer. I’m fairly certain I’m doing well. It’s hard to tell with the imposter syndrome and the constant learning about technology and the business logic, but I think it’s going well. I attribute this to being honest with my co-workers and myself.

As someone looking for my first job as a developer,  I spent a lot of time learning how to sell my knowledge, skills and abilities. After you get the job, it’s important to be realistic about your knowledge, skills and abilities with everyone, especially yourself. It’s not easy to say “I don’t understand” or “This is going to take longer than we planned” but these are important things for junior developers to say when we need to.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha to be sold with eye toward faster growth [CSGazette]
  • Boulder-based Jujotech ranked among top AR/VR tech providers [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster’s SpotX launches online resource library for publishers seeking GDPR guidance [SpotX]
  • New Digs in Denver, and We’re Hiring! [Statera]
  • Broomfield’s Intelivideo appoints three new board members [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga raises $47 million from investors [BizWest]
  • Choozlers to compete in finals at Go Code Colorado [Choozle]
  • Interview with Thomas Frey – Futurist Speaker and Executive Director at the DaVinci Institute [DavinciInstitute]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies get outside as the weather warms up [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based LockState secures $5.8M in funding, with plans to expand its team [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 #238: Starting Off 2018 the Right Way

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January 2nd is one of the best days of the year. Resolutions are made, hopes are high, your not hungover from partying on New Years Eve like you were yesterday and it’s time to get moving on your goals. This week our tech community helps out with that with a bunch of great events!

Have a great week and excellent 2018!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Engine, contracts and other big milestones on deck for Denver’s ULA in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Celebrating Denver-based Red Canary’s best security blogs of 2017 [RedCanary]
  • Remote Colorado counties rally for broadband coverage [ColoradoOIT]
  • Denver’s MassRoots unveils action plan to tap California rec MJ market opening Jan. 3, appoints Dietrich CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta’s 2017 year in review [Ibotta]
  • Tech talent chasing cheap housing is fleeing Silicon Valley and Denver is one of the top 5 destinations, real estate CEO says [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation’s parent company seeking $1.5M [BizWest]
  • OnDeck adds a BlackRock-managed fund to its platform of financing partners [OnDeck]
  • From NCC to NIST, cyber’s center stage [CSBJ]
  • Kevin Owocki @ Ignite Boulder 34 presentation of Blockchain is the next TCP/IP [KevinOwocki]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #229: Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat

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If the title of this week’s post puts a song in your head, you have great taste in music.

The Tech Jobs Tour event event last week was amazing! I got to talk with many of the leaders I admire from the Colorado technology community. It was inspiring and made me proud to be a part of this community. This week’s stories span all the emotions!

Love: We get to check in with Sparkfun founder, Nate Seidle, as he follows his passion and HobbyDB gets funding to continue helping others follow their passion.

Loss: Lockheed Martin misses earnings and Revolar shuts down. I’ve seen very few bad-news stories since I’ve started these blog posts and few have been more heartbreaking for me than finding out Revolar has to shut down.

Hope: Every other story deals with hope and it’s one of the things that keeps me going. Speaking of hope, remember how I said last week was a good time to get a new job? I have an interview on Wednesday! Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Occipital acquires Paracosm, plans collaborative 3D mapping projects [Xconomy]
  • Fort Collins voters to decide $150 million gamble in broadband industry [CompleteColorado]
  • Denver tech darling Revolar shuts down, even as its panic buttons still for sale at Target, Best Buy [DenverPost]
  • Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin space business drives surprise earnings miss [DBJ]
  • Check-In with Niwot’s SparkX – Two Rounds Later [SparkFun]
  • Report: Colorado’s tech companies keep growing, up 20 percent in employee numbers over 2016 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based collectible database, HobbyDB raises $325,000 [BizWest]
  • Hickenlooper to unveil Skillful platform Thursday to help jobseekers [ColoradoPolitics]
  • SendGrid, Tendril and Arrow Electronics tops the Hired list of 10 most attractive companies for tech workers in Denver [Recode]
  • 17th annual APEX award finalists announced [InnovatioNews]

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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 #212: DinosaurJS, Sharepoint Fest and Game Developers at Denver Comic Con

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I love reading event reviews mainly for the simple fact that I can rarely go to events. This week I am happy to promote local reviews from Cuttlesoft about DinosaurJS and from Greystone Tech about SharePoint Fest. Also we get a quick word about the game developers at Denver Comic Con from Denverite. It’s great! I love it. I hope to see more event reviews in the future!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Takeaways from DinosaurJS 2017 [Cuttlesoft]
  • Erik Mitisek leaving University of Denver to join IMA’s insurance-tech startup [DenverPost]
  • Tech firm TapInfluence bids farewell to Denver, moves headquarters to Silicon Valley [DenverPost]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft gives $25.8 million to expand Colorado workforce training program [DBJ]
  • Ibotta expands (again!) by doubling office space in downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • SharePoint Fest 2017 [Greystone]
  • A behind-the-scenes look at 4 of the coolest offices in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con showcases a slew of indie gamemakers hailing from the Front Range [Denverite]
  • Behind the scenes with one of Denver’s most influential entrepreneurs: Luke Beatty [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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