Colorado Tech Weekly #153: Podcast Guesting, Linux Learning, DevOps and BSW Watching

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Last Monday I was invited to be a guest on the EleventyTwelve podcast with Jared Ewy and Aaron Templer. It was fun to meet Jared and Aaron and see how another podcast is put together.

We talked a little bit about AirBnB rules and we talked about upcoming tech events and the people and groups that make them happen. Give it a listen and let me know what you think because I can’t listen to it. I tried, but I will just constantly second guess myself and be entirely too hard on myself so the only way I will hear if Jared’s editing magic made me sound smart is to hear it from you.

Last week I also said I would get serious about my job search and I already had my first interview. It was a phone interview for a Jr. DevOps position and the conclusion reached was that I was good on all my skills needed for the job except my Linux knowledge. I have some, but it’s old and rusty. This makes sense though since DevOps is that middle ground between “an IT worker who wants to be a part of the development process” and “a developer that can actually put continuously integrated code into production.” So I decided to brush up on my Linux skills.

Since then I’ve learned that Lynda.com has a great CentOS lesson. I also learned that it was quicker for me to start an Amazon AWS instance than it was to get set up with Docker, how to use Git Bash, and that creating a Linux server in a virtual machine to follow a tutorial is a pain. I’d rather just connect to another computer than try to figure out pretend networking.

My plan is to use AWS instances and virtual machines to get as comfortable as I can with Linux in the next month then see if the position I applied for, or a similar position, is available.

If you have, or know of, a position you think I would fit in check out my resume and my projects page and let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 82 technology jobs in the Denver region pay for salaries [Tech+]
  • 4 Colorado companies using tech to tackle mental health challenges [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder tech star SendGrid moving HQ to downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot jumps into ‘internet of things’ protection [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Serenity Forge goes publisher with new title [BentoByte]
  • Startup Crawl preview: what 11 Boulder startups have in store [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Academy recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as first tech apprenticeship program in Colorado [CTA]
  • Denver, Boulder called top places to live for tech pros [BizWest]
  • 25 Colorado women startup founders you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left’s right turn – to Cognizant [QuickLeft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #132: Zayo does good, FullContact makes a good purchase and I make good predictions!

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Last year I made 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015, let’s see how i did (SPOILER ALERT: I did pretty good):

  1. I predicted that WellTok gets some local competition in health tech and I NAILED IT! Check out the stories below about Catalyst and the interview with Tom Highley in the Confluence Denver article to see how well I nailed this one.
  2. I predicted that Colorado’s information security industry doubles. Anytime you quantify a prediction, there’s a good chance you can’t prove you got it right. The information security industry has definitely grown in Colorado, but I can’t say if it doubled. 2014 saw the first big data breaches. I think 2015 is the year companies try to fix things themselves. I think 2016 will see a lot more of security companies providing more services to other companies. Security companies aren’t that loud so it’s hard to make good predictions about them. I generously give myself half credit.
  3. I predicted that “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize. I was thinking that a startup that got its start in Galvanize would make a big splash so in that regard, I got this wrong. However, Galvanize seemed to focus a lot more on developer education than startups. Developer boot camps are definitely a huge deal but I can’t give myself credit for getting this one right.

Next week look for my 2016 predictions! They will not be as nearly as expansive as FreeWave’s predictions in their article below.

Also speaking of spoilers, I have not seen the new Stars Wars yet. I’m going to see it tomorrow. I am very impressed and thankful for all the people I follow on Twitter who have seen the movie at least once and have not spoiled it for me. You all rock. Merry Christmas and may the force be with you!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s SolidFire receives three ‘Best in Biz Awards’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver cloud infrastructure firm Faction raises $6M [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Zayo wins Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal [Zayo]
  • Meghan Saylor describes the 4 stages of a Flying Trapeze that is career change [QuickLeft]
  • An exclusive inside peek at 3 of Colorado tech’s most successful (and swankiest) offices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies makes bold predictions for IIoT in 2016 [FreeWave Technologies]
  • Denver’s Catalyst Health Tech Innovation adds two new tenants to its campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based contact management software maker FullContact buys Dallas’s nGame [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015 [Confluence Denver]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm appoints tech veteran Daniel Wilbricht to head federal sales [InnovatioNews]

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  • 12/25 – Christmas (There are no tech events between 12/23 and 12/29)

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Colorado Tech Weekly #125: Things improved, soapbox avoided and GO VOTE!

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Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know there’s no large-scale elections, but honestly the local elections impact our lives more than the big ones. I could easily jump on a soapbox about this but I’ll cut myself off before I get going. However, if you live in Jefferson County and still haven’t decided who to vote for, contact me and I’ll help you out.

I am homework free for the rest of the year, so look forward to some project updates, new projects and general blog posts about learning programming. I’m looking forward to expanding my voice on this site, instead of just churn out a top 10 list every week. That’s not to say I don’t like my top 10 lists. I do. They look like this…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What it takes to be a software consultant (by Ben Lewis) [QuickLeft]
  • New acquisition, new HQ fuel Rogue Wave’s growth in Louisville [BizWest]
  • INterview with Charisse Bowen, Galvanize Fort Collins campus director [InnovatioNews]
  • FIRST LEGO League  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS [CTA]
  • Alteryx scores $85M funding round that will help fuel growth in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • CSU researchers land $2.1M DARPA grant to develop gesture technology [BizWest]
  • Denver-based GutCheck raises $12M in Series D investment round [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville startup TermScout back in fundraising mode as it grows sales staff [Boulderopolis]
  • Colorado’s code school grads near top (plus bootcamp resources) [Tech+]
  • Witness police wrongdoing? There’s an app for that [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #124: 3 Recaps, 2 Twitter-Related Headlines and 1 Set of Layoffs

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4 out of the past 6 Colorado Tech Weekly’s have had headlines about tech companies laying off employees, but I have not heard a lot from the tech community about it.

I think it’s because A) the amazing growth seen this year in Colorado tech is bound for some leveling out, so it doesn’t seem as scary and B) there’s enough opportunities here that laid off employees aren’t without a job for long. I’m not all that satisfied with B. Regardless, I feel for those who have lost their jobs.

On a brighter note, check out the first 3 stories! As much as I like hearing what Colorado tech companies are doing, I love hearing directly from the developers in the industry I want to work in.

Happy Halloween!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Kelly Shuster reviews the Big Android BBQ 2015 [KioDev]
  • Hack the Arts Hackfest Recap [QuickLeft]
  • Allan McLelland reviews his summer internship at Boulder’s Foraker Labs [Foraker]
  • Denver-based MapQuest gets a new look after Verizon takes over [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires children’s health app Zamzee [DenverPost]
  • Colorado poised to grow as top-performing STEM state [DBJ]
  • Craftsy, Denver-based online craft giant, cuts 12 percent of workforce [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Gnip’s new Insights APIs give businesses a better idea of who their audience is [TheNextWeb]
  • Wayin launches new integration with Twitter’s Collections API [Wayin]
  • 7 Colorado companies hiring right now that will make sure you have fun at work [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #120: TeamSnap, Wayin, Denver Startup Week

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The organizations mentioned in my headline have taken a few of the things I have done and made them successful and awesome. I helped found a figure skating club. TeamSnap would have been an amazing tool for the club and probably still would be. I’ve spent the past 2+ years combing social media for people and organizations related to the Colorado tech community. Wayin could probably find that in 10 minutes. And I spent 2 years struggling to run my own business. Pay attention to the right people at Denver Startup Week and you can learn every lesson I learned plus 10 more within a week. I guarantee you it will also be more fun.

I have an interview for a promotion tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield-based Webroot and Lynx Software form strategic partnership to enhance IoT cyber protection [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpireMedia drops Media, adds Digital to name, invites everyone to a party [Tech+]
  • Game On! Announcing the 2016 Code Wars Hackathon [Windward]
  • 5 jobs openings that are guaranteed to be more exciting than your current job [BuiltinColorado]
  • Finalists announced for BizWest’s 2015 IQ Awards [BlackSquareTechnologies]
  • Denver-based Wayin raises $15.4 Million to offer brands the provable power to persuade and engage consumers [Wayin]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap to add league services, double user base after $10M funding [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week – where to begin? Advice from those in the know [DenverPost]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • What Denver Startup Week events are for me? [QuickLeft]

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It turns out the Hack the Arts Hackfest was last week. Thanks to the QuickLeft Twitter account for noticing.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #119: Boulder, Leaves and Change

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“The only constant is change” said someone who says things that other people repeat. This is CTW #119 and by pure coincidence I drove up Highway 119 yesterday to look at the changing leaves. I also drove through Boulder to come back home after driving through the mountains. It also appears that most of our tech news this week goes through Boulder.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo returns to profit for fourth quarter [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s Star Command Galaxies Steam Early Access released! [WarBalloon]
  • How Stream moved from Amsterdam to Boulder to build an SaaS company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 cuts jobs, won’t say how many [DenverPost]
  • Baltimore firm completes buyout of Boulder software company, Proposal Software [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based cannabis market data firm, BDS Analytics, raises $1.5 million [DBJ]
  • Denver IT company Tectonic raises $2M [DBJ]
  • Sleep through your commute: 5 jobs where you can ride the train to work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder team sports app TeamSnap raises $10 million [Tech+]
  • Zenpayroll, with offices in Denver, adds health, workers comp service, plans to grow as Gusto [DBJ]

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What I’ve learned about the Colorado tech community after Year 2 of CTW

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2 years ago, on June 16, I posted my first Colorado Tech Weekly. A year ago I reflected on what I learned so I figured since I’m still going and the last reflection was fun I’d do it again.

5 things I’ve learned in no particular order

  • You need style AND substance to succeed – Colorado is a tech startup hub and opportunities for growth and new businesses are everywhere. To succeed, you need style. You need marketing, PR and a supportive and fervent community of fans. However this is not enough. The successful companies are the ones that also have solid products and services. Without both, your startup will not succeed here.
  • A good idea does not guarantee success – This follows up on my first point. Last year I lamented how Twitter may not have been the best way to keep track of Colorado technology companies since I can only follow 2,001. I found a way to cull my following list to accounts that are only active and while doing that I have found plenty of Twitter accounts for tech companies that no longer exist. They were good ideas, but they just didn’t work out.
  • There’s a huge difference between writing code and making apps – Taking the college education route I’ve learned a lot about programming theory, data structures and how to write code. Making an app, whether that means a web app, mobile app or any other software, is a whole other animal. It requires more than just writing code.
  • Colorado Tech journalism is getting better – When I first started Colorado Tech Weekly I posted 5 national news stories and 5 Colorado news stories because I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find enough Colorado news stories. Now every week I sort through 70-100 articles to get it down to the 10 articles I post. It can be very overwhelming, and that is awesome.
  • Building is fun. Maintaining is harder. – Startups are fun because they’re new and exciting! It’s hard work, but you get to experiment with new ways of doing things and try new ideas. It’s when you get something set up that the maintenance starts. Whether it’s starting a company, owning a home or writing a weekly newsletter, it’s the maintenance that makes the difference.

Numbers:

  • My site receives around 1,000 visits per month. About 125 of those come from Colorado.
  • 2,435 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list with 34 people subscribed to it. That’s almost 1,000 more on the list than last year.
  • I am subscribed to 221 Colorado tech news sources including news sites and company websites as well as blogs written by local developers and organizations.

Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts in the past year:

  1. Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations
  2. Colorado Tech Weekly #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News
  3. Colorado Tech Weekly #63: A meme, some money and my school
  4. Colorado Tech Weekly #99: Is Colorado the best place for women in tech?
  5. Colorado Tech Weekly #94: All About Denver, Security and Maybe Even Google Fiber?

Top 5 most mentioned companies:

  1. Zayo Group
  2. LogRhythm
  3. QuickLeft
  4. Level 3
  5. Wayin

Where do I go from here?

  • I said it last year and I’ll say it again now, I will be better at posting project updates and general blog posts. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.
  • Let’s revamp the site! As much as I enjoy back-end web development I need to know some front-end web development to show off my projects. Like I said when I tried to teach myself UX, if I want people to use the apps I make, I need to make them easy to use. So why not practice where it counts?
  • Site Maintenance: I need to kick the tires, check the oil and replace the gaskets on this site. I need to make sure my content matches who I am and that it’s easy to read.

Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them. Let’s do this again in a year!

Colorado Tech Weekly #101: Jobs, Growth and New Funding

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The final judging for Go Code Colorado is this Thursday. This marks the end of 2 1/2 straight months of trying to squeeze my life in between learning, coding and learning and coding. It has made me rethink a few things. I still love making 1s and 0s do all the things I just might have finally figured out how I want to do that.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps raises $2.6 million in new funding [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s NextLight fastest Internet service in U.S. [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based JAB rolls five brands into Rise Broadband, plows $30 million into network [DenverPost]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Broomfield: Webroot [Tech+]
  • Colorado Springs software company’s growth leads to bigger digs [Gazette]
  • EXCLUSIVE: Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs [DBJ]
  • IBM and Denver’s AlchemyAPI Announce AlchemyData News API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder-based Kapost raises $10.25M, opening new Pearl Street office [BuiltinColorado]
  • Nine tips for nailing an awesome internship [QuickLeft]
  • Workforce development will give Coloradans training for hard-to-fill tech jobs [ColoradoIndependent]

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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 #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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