Colorado Tech Weekly #138: Numbers and Culture

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I started Colorado Tech Weekly to learn more about the tech companies in Colorado. I wanted to know which companies were growing, which ones were shrinking, which companies looked like fun, etc. I wanted to know all about a company before I ever submit a resume and one of the easiest ways to learn about a company is to look at their numbers. How many are they hiring or firing? How much funding do they have? Where are their offices and do they have room for growth?

These are all great ways to start to get to know a company, but what about their culture? What is it really like to work there? This is why I have the events section. It’s a great way to see offices and meet employees. It’s also why I started my way-too-large-now Twitter list of Colorado Tech. But even then, sometimes we get a real peek into a company’s culture. Check out the BuiltinColorado story about Kapost for that. It makes me proud that they are in Colorado.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo buys Canadian Allstream for $465M [InnovatioNews]
  • What the companies in Mergelane’s 2016 cohort actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • The modern office: How Boulder-based Kapost navigated an employee gender transition [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements tripled clients, revenue in 2015 [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs company, root9B named world’s top cybersecurity company [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Bogusky’s Boulder-based Visibl strikes deal with Westminster-based SpotX, gives small advertisers access to premium video inventory [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver security firm, Ping Identity, prepping for possible IPO, say revenues could grow to $100M [Tech+]
  • VMware cut 86 jobs in Broomfield, Colorado Springs [DenverPost]
  • World Wide Technology opening office in Denver, will hire 70 this year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #75: Say “Hi” to someone new this week

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Last week I said you should get inspired and go meet people. This week I get to follow my own advice! After all it doesn’t seem right for me to give advice and not follow it.

I had originally planned to attend the Apex Conference as a volunteer. I went last year as a wide-eyed newbie and was pretty impressed, but due to my own poor planning I won’t be going this year. Instead I will make up for it by going to RefactorU’s Web Development Career Fair in Boulder followed by logging into the Regis University’s ACM meeting. After that, I’ll be at Galvanize for the Denver New Tech meetup. Looking forward to seeing some of you in person!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder tech’s open house: NewCo lets you inside Techstars, Galvanize, PivotDesk, Google & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Evergreen-based Wowza Media Systems entices developers with $15,000 App Challenge [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Ken Lund to leave OEDIT position and be replaced by River North’s Fiona Arnold in January [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado aerospace to take center stage Dec. 4 with launch of Orion crew module in Florida [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s smart sprinkler maker Rachio working with Nest, raising seed round [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Cloud CRM firm tectonic acquires Local Cloud9 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Boomtown Accelerator’s Second Batch of Startups Make Their Debuts [Xconomy]
  • Galvanize Boulder taking 27,000 square feet at Pearl West [BizWest]
  • Go Code Colorado wins Project of the Year at Apex Awards [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Economic Development Commission offers $19M in incentives for more than 1,200 jobs [DBJ]

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