Colorado Tech Weekly #223: Never Stop Learning

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Working in tech means we never stop learning. Denver Startup Week looks like it’s going to have some amazing ways to continue learning. But it’s also important to keep the constant learning fun because constantly learning means constantly doing things that are new and uncomfortable is difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The 9 best tech companies in Colorado [MatrixMarketing]
  • Tech for social good: This web app by Denver-based Elevated Third helps victims of violent crime find the resources they need [BuiltinColorado]
  • At Westminster’s Digital Globe, this leader listens to people with big ideas, not just big titles [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSG teams with Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics to monetize Internet of Things [InnovatioNews]
  • BBB issues warning about Denver’s Photobucket [DBJ]
  • Breaking tradition: 4 Colorado companies bringing new-school tech to old-school industries [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder energy auditing company Simuwatt raises $50,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver Startup Week ’17 for cutting-edge devs [CuttleSoft]
  • Silicon Valley GPS developer Trimble acquires Boulder’s 10-4 Systems [DenverPost]
  • Death of the DBA, Long Live the DBA [DBAKevlar]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #147: Learning Takes Time

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This week a few of the articles have to do with new developers learning programming. Turing adds a new Front-End development program. Businesses are still worried about talent shortages. And the BuiltinColorado article asking 7 local developers about their learning journey is great!

One of my favorite answers from the BuiltinColorado article is from Joanne Cheng, “It takes a lot of time to learn what you need to know.” It’s difficult as a developer to find out what is important to learn and that’s even before you start learning the important things. Then once you have it figured out, it all changes and you get to start over again!

Podcast Version: No podcast version this week.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Durango’s GitPrime featured as 1 of Inc’s 4 cloud startups to watch from Y Combinator [INC]
  • Section.io puts down Boulder roots, raises new equity round [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Havenly adds $5.8 million as demand for online design attracts VCs [Tech+]
  • How 7 Colorado developers learned to code — and what they wish they’d known before [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Artifact Uprising hires former Photobucket exec Mike Clark [Tech+]
  • Colorado businesses worry about talent shortage; optimism down from a year ago [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Regis University competition highlights growing demand for cyber defense skills [YourHub]
  • Tattoo Tuesdays and custom cakes: Colorado tech’s coolest company perks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Turing School launches new Front-End engineering program for developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun, Blynk release SparkFun Blynk Board and IoT Starter Kit [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #136: Leadership Changes and More Dev Schools

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The main reason I share stories about funding amounts and leadership changes in tech companies is because you can learn a lot by a company by paying attention to their leadership. Company culture starts at the top. The traits of a company’s executives and founders is found throughout their companies. Curious about a company? Look at their leaders.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech News Roundup: Slice of Lime acquired, Cloud Elements raises $5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Bill Adkins, campus director of Boulder-based CodeCraft [InnovatioNews]
  • Harris Morris Named Chairman of Denver’s Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Gamers on Valve’s Steam getting gigabit kick from Broomfield’s Level 3 [Tech+]
  • Denver-based Aspenware launches public beta of Aventeer, an all-in-one marketplace and platform [CTA]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies that give back all year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Datavail’s $47.3 million tops Colorado’s 4Q venture-capital deals list [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Photobucket replaces CEO and other top executives [Tech+]
  • Dev school General Assembly expands to Denver, classes to start in February [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity names Robb Reck as CSIO [InnovatioNews]

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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 #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News

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I am so excited/nervous/apprehensive/scared/excited for the GoCodeColorado Apps Challenge Weekend this weekend. This will be the first time I say in public “I know how to code. Give me a problem to fix” and just typing that makes my imposter syndrome kick in. Then yesterday I saw who the five finals judges are and that kicked my excitement/nervousness into overdrive. Following tech news in Colorado for 95 weeks, these 5 people are definitely leaders in the Colorado tech community and it’s so awesome that they volunteer their time for this.

So I’ll be spending my entire week at my laptop getting homework done and trying to learn all the things to prepare for the weekend. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Wayin secures major talent with former Spredfast veteran [Wayin]
  • Denver-based Red Canary secures $2.5M, helps customers identify actual cyber threats [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket selects Hitachi Data Systems Cloud Solutions to host & serve billions [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Ello raises another $5M, launches new beta version [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder ad-tech firm Trada shuts down [BizWest]
  • Colorado Springs cybersecurity firm, CertainSafe, forms $10 million partnership [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST expands staff due to growth, focuses on hiring veterans [CTA]
  • Raytheon awarded $700M NORAD contract for Colorado, other states [DBJ]
  • Vonage buys Denver’s SimpleSignal in move to dominate business VoIP [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based ShipCompliant acquired by Boston software firm [BizWest]

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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 #92: TechHire, C-Level and great news for dev students

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Great news this week for people like me! Great news for people who want to become software developers in Colorado. I’m excited for the start of the new TechHire program here as well as Galvanize working towards accountability in immersive education options. The one thing that makes me nervous about dev boot camps is the lack of oversight. This is a great step in the right direction.

I’ll be volunteering at Sports Authority Field this Thursday for CTA’s C-Level @ Mile High event. I hope to see some of you there!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Photo and video sharing service Photobucket raises $3.6M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize forms trade association with other industry leaders to establish accountability & standards for immersive education [Galvanize]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2015 celebrities for C-Level @ A Mile High [CTA]
  • Douglas County-based CH2M Hill named among world’s most ethical [DBJ]
  • 3 really physically active Colorado startups: All work and a lot of play at QuickLeft, SendGrid and ReadyTalk [BuiltinColorado]
  • Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, a Denver-based Internet of Things startup [VentureBeat]
  • Colorado employers could get tax breaks for repaying workers’ student loans [DBJ]
  • Colorado’s a pilot region for Obama administration’s TechHire job-training push [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado receives nationwide recognition as a bright idea [BuiltinColorado]
  • Webroot and 443 Networks announce OEM partnership to improve cybersecurity protection [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #66: A week of big deals and big ideas

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Want big deals? We got ’em! Want big ideas? We got those too! Want to make a big deal about big ideas? Denver is doing just that this week with Denver Startup Week. To make the best out of Denver Startup week check out my 10 links to get you ready for Denver Startup Week with tips and information from local tech news sources and companies.

I have some big ideas of my own. I’m working towards becoming a software developer through my classes at Regis and on my own in my off time and I’ve noticed a trend in how programming is taught. We teach people to code, but not how to make apps. I say let’s teach people how to make apps, not just write code! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • City of Montrose IT team awarded at state conference [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder’s FlipTask Now Available In Colorado Springs + Dallas, Texas! [FlipTask]
  • Michael Clark, Denver-based Photobucket CTO, named 2014 Technology Executive of the Year [ComTechPros]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces APEX Award nominees for Nov. 5 14th annual event [CTA]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 Communication’s proposed acquisition of tw telecom gets green light from Justice Department [InnovatioNews]
  • PrIME Health Collaborative laying groundwork to make Colorado nation’s No. 1 digital health state [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based MyRounding takes $25K top prize at Colorado Digital Health Challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • INterview with Erik Mitisek, Colorado Technology Association CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Zayo and NBA announce partnership to transport live broadcasts for all NBA games in 2014-15 [InnovatioNews]
  • Parker-based Never Settle launches online marketplace for developers [BuiltinColorado]

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