Colorado Tech Weekly #253: The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Others In Your Niche’

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Reading tech news now that I am working full-time in the Colorado tech community is a different experience. The company I work for is involved in the payments processing space. This week, 2 companies who are involved in the same space are sharing news. The cool thing about other people being involved in your niche is that it validates your motivations. Other people being involved shows that you are in a good place. The down side to others being involved in your niche is the inherent competition. I prefer promoting community over competition, but when there is competition I want it to be healthy and supportive because it’s more fun for me that way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based PaySimple embeds payments, cash management tools for in-field technicians [PYMNTS]
  • Colorado Legislative Tech Caucus delves into blockchain technology [CTA]
  • Tech startup Wurk raises $3.2M in bridge-funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver payment processing startup QRails nabs $1M in fresh capital [BusinessDen]
  • Hansen-Herod net neutrality bill moves forward [COHouseDems]
  • German-based HERE mapping company is now here with new Boulder office [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s SendGrid signs with Pipeline to use AI for workplace gender equity [InnovatioNews]
  • What Does It Take to Transition Into Tech? [SkillDistillery]
  • Large media campus project called off in Parker, developer searches for new site [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #177: A Semi With No Driver, a Technical Interview and Other Scary Things

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The biggest tech news in Colorado this week was the self-driving semi beer delivery. I wonder if anyone noticed that the Budweiser semi didn’t have a driver when they passed it. If they did notice, did they try to tell a friend? Did the friend write them off as crazy? I know I would.

I had my first technical interview Friday afternoon. That’s definitely a scary thing. it was a phone interview so luckily my interviewer couldn’t see my face light up in panic when he started asking the technical questions. He was very nice though and did a good job describing the scenarios. He kept repeating something that anyone on the receving end of a technical interview needs to keep in mind: It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you think. Remember this. Seriously. It’s ok to say “I don’t know” or ask more questions. Hopefully the interview went as well as I thought it did. I’ll let you know.

Other scary topics this week are cybersecurity, big-business mergers and entreprenuership. Happy Halloween!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How does Colorado rank for its science and tech job scene? [DBJ]
  • Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles through Colorado on beer delivery [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based SpotX’s founder nominated for CEO of the Year [SpotX]
  • Denver’s PaySimple enters next phase of growth with $115M investment from Providence Equity [PaySimple]
  • CenturyLink in advanced talks to merge with Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications [DenverPost]
  • 13 Colorado tech experts offer startup advice for entrepreneurs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Parker playground basis for new app aimed at getting kids to play [InnovationPavilion]
  • Denver’s cybersecurity workers paid higher than national average [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Craftsy’s big rewrite: The art and craft of scaling a startup [DenverPost]
  • The 2016 Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 11/2 – Analyze Boulder – Healthcare Data Checkup
  2. 11/2 – Arapahoe Library – Beginner Python Course
  3. 11/3 – Cloudegy – Data and Power BI
  4. 11/3 – CTP – 2016 TEY Gala
  5. 11/3 – Denver Creative Tech – Creative Sound Design and Robotic Bartenders
  6. 11/3 – Node.js Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins – Nodeschool Workshop: Learn NodeJS with us!
  7. 11/3 – Trustpilot – Denver Launch Party
  8. 11/3 – Women Who Code Boulder/Denver – React Native Workshop with Lawson Kurtz of Viget Labs [Boulder]
  9. 11/4 – CiGDA – Northside Casual

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Colorado Tech Weekly #133: Is ‘I don’t know’ a valid prediction?

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I normally don’t put too much thought into what I write in these paragraphs before the headlines but since I promised predictions I should deliver. I’ve had a hard time figuring out what my predictions should be but I think I figured out a way to make sense of this. So without further ado (I’ve never been a fan of too much ado), my predictions for Colorado tech in 2016 in no particular order:

  • Dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016: I am in no way saying that dev schools are just hype. I think they’re great! I’ve seen many people in Colorado succeed because of dev schools and I watch them with envy while I plug away at my CS degree part time (only 2 year to go!). I’m just saying the hype and excitement around dev schools reaches crazy-pants levels next year.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life: There’s a funny thing about personal technology. It’s sold as this great, ground-breaking thing but it is always treated as something “in the future” that seems unreachable. Then one day you look around and that unreachable, ground-breaking technology is everywhere! That day will happen for IoT next year.
  • Cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements: Speaking of unreachable, ground-breaking technology, a lot has to happen for those promises to come to fruition. Next year there will be great improvements in these areas, but unless you’re following them closely you won’t really notice.
  • Colorado tech will see constant growth: Speaking of things we don’t notice (I’m getting pretty good at these transitions), the Colorado tech community will continue to grow at a steady pace. This is awesome but since we tune things out when they’re constant, people won’t really notice. I haven’t decided yet if that’s good or bad yet.

I have typed entirely too much here. Here’s the news. Happy new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s LogRhythm is finalist for two SC Magazine Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Faction doubles down on expansion After $6M round [Xconomy]
  • Englewood-based Cybergy Partners taps Terrence DiVittorio as new president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire being acquired for $870M in cash [DenverPost]
  • Colorado CIOs plan to add, fill tech jobs in 2016 [DBJ]
  • Tim Spark reviews his time at the Westminster-based DaVinci Coders Bootcamp [TimSpark]
  • Get to know Denver’s PaySimple better with an inside look at our culture [PaySimple]
  • Get to know Boulder-based Greystone by the numbers [GreystoneTech]
  • Yelp Security Head Joins Denver’s Gamma 2 Robotics’ Advisory Board [Gamma2Robotics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #109: From the Front Range to the Western Slope

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I know that most of the biggest and loudest tech companies are in front range cities like Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs but I pride myself on truly making this newsletter about tech companies throughout the state. That’s why this week I’m excited about the Xconomy article about the Telluride Venture Accelerator‘s newest class of tech startups and to be able to promote CTA’s Tech Tour that starts a week from today. I would be all for driving around the state, visiting tech companies. I’m jealous.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The inaugural Tech Tour is about to hit the road + APEX Awards nominations closing soon! [CTA]
  • Denver-based NexusTek adds three in response to market demands [YourHub]
  • IT company looking at creating 1,750 jobs in Denver [DBJ]
  • Colorado ranks No. 7 on list of Top 10 best states to make a living in 2015 [InnovatioNews]
  • 5 Denver tech job openings at offices with amazing locations [BuiltinColorado]
  • A Day In The Life at Littleton’s Revenue River Marketing [BuiltinColorado]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor eyes downtown Denver for new HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Long View receives 2015 Best Recovery Success Story Award for Exceptional Leadership [LongView]
  • Telluride accelerator launches startups in Colorado’s ski country [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Springs-based X-IO adds five new members to its executive leadership team [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #100: A milestone, new buildings, cool jobs and startups

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This is my 100th CONSECUTIVE Colorado Tech Weekly post and, frankly, I’m a bit surprised. I have a hard time doing anything consistently so for me to post these stories for 100 consecutive weeks is kind of a huge deal.

Speaking of big deals, Boulder Startup Week starts today. I’m going to the Boulder Beta event tonight, if you’re going I’d love to say high. I’ll also be at the CTA Volunteer Celebration next Monday at their cool, new Commons on Champa office. If you’re going to either one of those events, let me know. I’d love to say “Hi” in the real world.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you that read these posts, share them and talk about them. I don’t make any money off of writing these posts (although that probably would be a good idea). This is not a job that I feel forced to do. I do them to get my name out there and because it’s fun. You make it fun. I started off writing about the “Colorado tech industry” but I have changed it to “Colorado tech community” because there is a really cool community here. THANK YOU!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The 10 most popular events at Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Startup Stories: Finding a startup job for recent grads [SoSheGoes]
  • New digital health campus planned for Denver’s River North area to be called Catalyst, tenants revealed [InnovatioNews]
  • Lakewood-based Digabit raises $9M, plans to increase hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • CivilianJobs.com Recognizes Broomfield’s Level 3 as a 2015 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military® Winner [CTA]
  • Colorado Tech Download May – Celebrate the grand opening of The Commons on Champa + Claim your passes for Wine Tasting [CTA]
  • Denver-based Galvanize offers $50,000 STEM scholarship, targets Latinos [Tech+]
  • Englewood’s New West Technologies wins contract for design and development of new Samish Indian Nation website [CybergyPartners]
  • The 5 coolest entry level tech job openings in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Welltok, IBM Watson unveil artificial intelligence health coach app [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #96: My Team is a GoCodeColorado Finalist!

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I signed up for GoCodeColorado because I like the spirit of the competition and just to try out my programming skills outside of homework. I figured it would be a good first experience, a good way to see what a hackathon is like. I ended up in a dynamic, diverse team that is one of 2 finalist groups from the Denver GoCodeColorado challenge!

Our idea is called MentorMatter. The site will make it easy for college students to connect with potential industry mentors. If you want to see some of the reasons why this idea is such a success for Colorado, just check out the first 2 top technology headlines.

If I thought I was excited and scared last week, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Thanks for the good luck last week! WE WON!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The simple secret to Colorado’s startup community success [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Giving back to improve education [CTA]
  • Colorado offers money for 903 new jobs — and may land Accuvant HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver startup ProtectWise uses cloud to create safety in numbers [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Tech Download April – C-Level wraps while our Foundation kicks off its summer internship program [CTA]
  • 8 Colorado tech companies you should intern with [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software adds Elizabeth Salomon as CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s data-centers tax break still alive, student-loan repayment tax break dead [DBJ]
  • The 10 highest paying programming languages: Ten more reasons to learn to code [DaVinciCoders]
  • Webolutions named top Denver website design agency for 14th straight year [Webolutions]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #94: All About Denver, Security and Maybe Even Google Fiber?

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OK so maybe the Google Fiber excitement is a little premature, but I heard a baseless rumor that it’s going live next week in Boulder but only for people to Instragram pictures of organic food. If you have your own baseless Google Fiber rumor I’d love to hear it.

In my prediction post in December, I predicted that the Colorado’s information security industry would double! With this week’s news about ProtectWise and last week’s news about Webroot, I’m feeling pretty smart so far.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • While you were sleeping, Colorado’s dot-com generation comes of age [DenverPost]
  • Report: Colorado is No. 3 in concentration of U.S. private sector tech workers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PaySimple awarded best in small business Innovation and service awards [PaySimple]
  • Condé Nast Entertainment teams with Boulder’s Rapt Media for interactive video advertising and content [RaptMedia]
  • Everything you should know about non-compete agreements in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based ProtectWise receives $17M to launch world’s first cloud network DVR for enterprise security [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Schoolrunner receives $1.5M investment from Colorado Impact Fund for education technology [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based FullContact closes $10M funding round led by Foundry Group and Baird [InnovatioNews]
  • “Amazon” legislation fails again to take hold in Colorado [CTA]
  • Google Fiber files Colorado business registration [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #81: Crystal Ball. Lego Block. Business Triangle?

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I was trying to go for some sort of shape theme for my headline. I’m not sure I did it right.  I’m not sure I did it right.I don’t know about you, but my living room is a mess with new Legos. It’s that weird “work week” between Christmas and New Years where you can’t get any momentum to get things accomplished but you don’t feel right bringing your new Sega Genesis emulator to work and just playing around all day either.

I hope your holidays were filled with better than expected family time, gifts and reactions to gifts. Since focusing on the present is difficult let’s look into the future with 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015:

  1. WellTok gets some local competition in health tech: Welltok seems to be the Colorado leader in healthcare tech in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, wearables, security fears and better cloud services health tech will change a lot but will not grow in a huge way. This will allow smaller and newer companies to step in to the health tech industry.
  2. Colorado’s information security industry doubles: Looking through my 2014 posts I mentioned over a dozen Colorado-based information security companies. I didn’t realize there were so many! The 2014 headlines about chain-store security breaches,state-sponsored industrial espionage, and NSA overreach is putting the focus on information security and these Colorado companies will benefit greatly.
  3. “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize: In 2014 Galvanize expanded to Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. Its growth not only kept up with the pace of the growth of the startup community, it probably also helped to push the expansion of Colorado’s startup community. In 2015 the next big thing will come from Galvanize. I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be cool.

Happy New Year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The road to municipal Internet: Boulder benefits from Longmont’s journey [DailyCamera]
  • FASTG8 launched in Carbondale by Adconion founder Tyler Moebius to help retailers drive online shopping [InnovatioNews]
  • iTriage, StackExchange, Quick Left and Sovrn are a few of the Colorado startups giving back this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • The top 3 digital marketing and social media trends in 2015 [Room214]
  • Golden-based NREL’s Peregrine supercomputer honored by two magazines with Editor’s Choice awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Oracle to buy Denver’s Datalogix, expand in online advertising services [DBJ]
  • Bike to work? CDOT to expand Colorado website with local trail information [DBJ]
  • Hour of Code opens window for students across Douglas County [YourHub]
  • Denver-based PaySimple gathers the best small business predictions for 2015 [PaySimple]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity hires Ed Murray, David Packer to lead company in engineering and sales [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #80: Reviewing my predictions for 2014, 1 event and business

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Christmas is in 3 days. That thought didn’t quite hit me until I just typed it. I should start wrapping presents. At least I have them all purchased.

Since this is the 2nd to last Monday of the year, I figured i would look back at my predictions I made for 2014. I give myself a generous 50% accuracy.

  • I predicted that Revolv and Rachio would be purchased. Revolv is now part of Nest. Rachio is still Rachio. I was half right.
  • I predicted that Dish Network would not be awarded the Worst Company to Work For award. They’re not even in the “top” 10. Good job Dish! Also I was right!
  • I predicted that smartphone innovation would plateau. I was right! But I thought there would be a cool game-changing audio UI. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that responsive web design would become the norm. It’s not the norm yet, but it’s slowly getting there. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that Fire OS would become the #3 most popular tablet OS. I generously give myself half credit because Amazon botched this one. They could have made this happen, but instead they focused on building a phone that focused on convincing users to buy more from Amazon. Damn you Bezos!

I don’t anticipate much news being made this week, so I should have plenty of time and room for predictions for 2015 in next week’s post. I wonder if I can make them all Colorado tech focused.

Happy Holidays!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Rally Software teams with Code for America [TechKnowBytes]
  • Westminster-based Lassy Project raises $750K of $1.6M equity investment round offering [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver lands Panasonic Enterprise Solutions near airport [DenverPost]
  • Boulder won’t stand in the way of Google’s expansion [DBJ]
  • Denver-Based Altitude Digital appoints former Federated Media/Lijit Exec Manny Puentes as Chief Technology Officer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes in Denver with PaySimple Customer Experience [PaySimple]
  • Douglas County-based Dish is first pay-TV company to integrate Netflix [TechKnowBytes]
  • Littleton’s Lockheed Martin Space Systems lands another $16.7 million in tax incentives (Video) [DBJ]
  • Take a Quick Look at Boulder-based Quick Left in our 2014 Annual Report [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast doubles Internet speeds for most Colorado customers [DBJ]

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10 links to get you ready for Denver Startup Week

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Monday is the beginning of the 2014 Denver Startup Week. This is DSW’s third iteration and it’s turning into quite the big deal. In the spirit of my Colorado Tech Weekly posts, here are 10 links from local tech news sources and companies to get you ready for this week!

10 Awesome Denver Startup Week Links

  • What makes Colorado startups unique? [DBJ]
  • A Denver Startup Week guide for First-Timers [CommerceKitchen]
  • What’s happening at Galvanize during Denver Startup Week! [Galvanize]
  • Denver Startup Week: The Importance Celebration! [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech Cocktail hypes Denver Startup Week [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech, Networking, and Beer: A quick guide for Denver Startup Week [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • DSW Startup Crawl Preview: 12 startups reveal their hiring & planned hoopla [BuiltinColorado]
  • The New Signpost and Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]