Colorado Tech Weekly #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #200: Zayo and eBags Get New Leadership, Some Job Tips and a Twitch Stream

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There is only one thing I’ve done consistently for 200 weeks in a row… and this is it!! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for this long. I had these big ideas that when I got to number 200 I’d do some sort of meetup event or restart the podcast but those require much more social interaction than I’m capable of doing. Thank you for reading and sharing these posts. I really enjoy doing what I can to advertise the great people who make up the Colorado technology community.

Even though I won’t be doing a meetup or a podcast, I have decided to do a weekly Twitch stream. My plan is to do CodeEval challenges in Java and C#, then find a way to incorporate those challenges into a simple game using Unity3D. Why? Because I want to write more code and this is a good way to keep me honest. So if you’re so inclined, I’ll be on Twitch on Tuesday, from 4p-7p here: https://www.twitch.tv/chickenheed

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink consolidates Denver operations as Healthgrades expands [DenverPost]
  • Legislation CTA is Supporting this Session [CTA]
  • Denver-based Intelivideo secures $5.6 million funding round to drive continued expansion [Intelivideo]
  • STEM job openings outnumber available workers [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group appoints Level 3 veteran as new president, COO [BizWest]
  • Recruiter pet peeves: What not to do when applying for your next tech gig [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TeleTech acquires Connextions for $80M [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your move: These 6 Colorado tech companies are hiring now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Apto raises $6M, Revolar launches new device and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longtime Denver online retailer eBags agrees to sell itself to Samsonite [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #195: What is it like to get hired by, and work at, a Colorado tech company?

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This is one of the questions I try to answer every week with the articles I share in these posts. This week Eric Daugherty gives insight into the hiring process, Noel Worden lets us know what life is like as a new junior engineer, Ben Castelli shows how Room214 acts on their company values and Jess Ryan with BuiltinColorado gives us great insight into 5 Colorado tech companies.

When I started this project i thought for sure that I’d be able to answer some of these questions by now. I am very thankful for these people and their insights into the Colorado tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Cherwell Software, maker of codeless software to help legacy tech keep operating, snaps up $50 million [DenverPost]
  • Satellite startup lands at MSU Denver campus [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar cuts 100 employees, another 1,800 moving to Douglas County-based Dish Network [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 Culture: Finding time to live our values [Room214]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO is poised for $4.2 million payout in CenturyLink merger [DBJ]
  • 5 of the best Colorado companies to work for (and they’re all hiring) [BuiltinColorado]
  • My first 8 weeks as a Junior Engineeer [NoelWorden]
  • Denver tech startup TapInfluence cuts jobs less than a year after raising $14 million [DenverPost]
  • Technical Interviewing and Hiring [EricDaugherty]
  • Techtonic Academy arrives at The Commons on Champa! [CTA]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #191: Sometimes Tech is Too Broad of a Topic

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I like when I can find a theme in the headlines I share, but I also like highlighting all the different areas that are covered in the Colorado tech community. If there’s a way to make ones and zeros do a thing, it’s being done here in Colorado. Even better, it’s done in an inclusive, supportive community. It’s just one of the reasons I look forward to being able to contribute to the Colorado tech community full time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA, Sen. Gardner create legislative initiative to aid tech community [BizWest]
  • NCAR launches operations of supercomputer Cheyenne in Wyoming [BizWest]
  • CU Denver launches media/tech center with $5 million gift from Comcast [DBJ]
  • ThoughtWorks announces Denver expansion [CTA]
  • Return Path buys Louisville e-mail data firm to securely smarten up message delivery [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap ends January on a high note with new $25M round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Radio platform Clip Interactive raises $4M in funding [BizWest]
  • Jumpstart your job search: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Optiv has big plans for new Denver headquarters [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado 2017 Kick-Off showcases the tech startup community [ScottPantall]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #187: Cybersecurity, 3D Printing at CES and 2 Cool Colorado Stories

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I will follow ANY blog and ANY Twitter account that has to do with the Colorado technology community, so if your 2017 resolution is to write a tech blog, send me the link. I’ll subscribe. This way I can get more cool first-hand stories like the 2 bottom stories featured this week.

One is by Jud Valeski on how the Gnip/Twitter deal happened. The last story featured is by Noel Warden, a local online coding boot camp student who shared some of his strategies that landed him his first software developer job. Congrats Noel!

This week also features 2 Colorado companies that showed leadership in the 3D printing industry at CES and 2 other articles highlighting the growing cybersecurity industry in Colorado.

Send me your links! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share their New Year’s resolutions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cybersecurity training program expands to Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • S4 Inc. will add 100 workers in Colorado Springs [BizWest]
  • Loveland’s Aleph Objects announces new software at CES 2017 [InnovatioNews]
  • New year, new you: 7 Colorado companies hiring like crazy in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Security Weekly Talks to Brian Beyer, Denver-based Red Canary CEO [RedCanary]
  • MacGyver Moment #1: Data sharing for the rest of us [ColoradoOIT]
  • Colorado Springs’s Titan Robotics unveils the Cronus at CES 2017 [Titan3DRobotics]
  • How did Boulder-based Gnip get the Twitter deal? [JudValeski]
  • Becoming a Full Stack Developer with Bloc.io [NoelWorden]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #184: 2016 Prediction Results and One Event to Rule Them All

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One of the reasons I share events, is to give people a resource to meet others in the Colorado technology community. This week is pretty easy, just go to the Holiday Startup Mashup party which is being hosted by WomenWhoCode, Denver Founders, WomenWhoStartup, EnergyTech, Refresh Denver and Clean Tech Open at the Commons on Champa in Denver. It looks like a great way to meet all the people!

Alright, let’s see how I did with my 2016 predictions…

  • I said that dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016. This is hard to tell if I got it right because I won’t know unitl 2017. I think we’ve reached max dev school capacity at least in the Denver/Boulder area. I give myself partial credit for this.
  • I said the Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life. IoT is almost reaching past the novelty phase. Many IoT devices are just for the sake of novelty but many devices are becoming mundane in the best ways. I was too soon for this prediction. Next year.
  • I said cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements. I think I got this one right. Each of those sexy technologies made huge improvements. Driverless cars are happening sooner than anyone thought. VR and AR (Augmented Reality) are really improving but waiting on it’s Big Thing and AI has become ubiquitous.
  • And the last prediction I made for 2016 was that Colorado tech will see constant growth. I’ll mark that as a right answer as well.

Happy holidays! Next week I’ll predict 2017. I like my chances. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s Gardner seeks a Senate cybersecurity watchdog [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech executives want to hire skilled IT workers in 2017, survey says [Denverite]
  • Denver-based Galvanize awarded $1.3M incentive to expand to New York, New York City [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial’s IQNavigator acquires workforce software competitor, plans to merge [DenverPost]
  • Longmont-based CaliberMind wins Software Company of the Year at BizWest’s 2016 IQ Awards [CaliberMind]
  • Boulder’s SurveyGizmo names Nicole Crain company’s new COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Droplet Measurement Technologies moves to Longmont, sells majority stake [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based VictorOps increases VC haul amid growing customer traction [DBJ]
  • New companies on the block: 7 Colorado startups that launched in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • StartupCTO.io launches a job board [KevinOwocki]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #170: Dizzion and GoSpotCheck Grow, Denver Celebrates Startups and Amazon Office Opens in Broomfield

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Today officially starts Denver Startup Week! I have purposely left DSW events out of this post for two reasons. The first reason is that the DSW website is an excellent and easy to use resource for all things DSW.

The second reason is that I’m a little bitter about DSW. Last week I was all excited to spend Tuesday downtown at panels, meeting people and participating in the Cognizant Quick Left hackathon however life had other plans for me. My house needs foundation repairs so instead of spending Tuesday meeting you cool people in real life I will spend it moving everything out of my basement to get my basement slab repaired.

Things don’t always go as planned but they often work out for the best. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Titan Robotics Engineer, Allison Jones, named Flag Bearer for Rio Paralympics [Titan3DRobotics]
  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo spent the week with over 20,000 hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s what we saw [zvelo]
  • Denver-based Dizzion secures $6.4M Series A1 funding led by Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners [Dizzion]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck pulls in $16.5M Series B, plans to double headcount [BuiltinColorado]
  • Anschutz doubles down on e-sports with five-year ESL joint venture [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies where you could land your dream job this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lockheed-built NASA probe made in Littleton launches on mission to fetch asteroid sample [DBJ]
  • Golden’s Wowza Media Systems partners with Alibaba Cloud to deliver streaming to Chinese markets [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way in Broomfield [DBJ]
  • Are you a stranded ITT Tech student? Colorado’s community colleges are offering help [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #165: The technology isn’t the hard part

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I listen to a few tech-related podcasts and read more than a few tech blogs. One of the things that always gets me is that most of the problems discussed about technology have very little to do with technology and a lot to do about what we want to do with technology. Take the Olympics for example. It is technologically possible for anyone in the world to watch any Olympic event, live or recorded, on any device that supports video. The only thing that prevents this from happening are the partnerships and business deals that are used to profit from, and recoup the costs of, creating and distributing the video.

Technology is easy. People are difficult. The only reason we relate this problems to technology is because technology requires us to spell out the specifics since computers only do what we tell them to do, not what we mean for them to do.

Anyways, last week’s news was all good. I suggest spending some time exploring the posts in the Colorado Tech Tour Summary link.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Former Atmel spinoff, Unipixel, plans to double workforce in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Denver-area tech companies growing up, growing out of startup office spaces [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity makes first big purchase, says new owner is “aggressive about growth” [DenverPost]
  • Denver cybersecurity company Red Canary raises $6.1M Series A, plans to double team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects nearly doubles 2Q revenue [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech continues to grow in 2016: A look at the hottest tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why these Colorado tech employees chose the startup life [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado companies we want to work for right now (and they’re hiring!) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish’s do or die: New pick-your-own TV channels plan starts at $30 [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Tour Summary [CTA]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #152: Finding Opportunities in Colorado is Easy

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Finding opportunities is easy. Taking advantage of opportunities? That’s the difficult part.

With achievement of my degree within sight and a few projects completed it is time for me to take job searching seriously. Last night I started trying to figure out how to get paid for doing something I love. I looked at a few online job postings but this does not seem like a good strategy considering the network of awesome people I’ve cultivated in the last 152 weeks. Then there’s the question of “What is a good strategy?” Should I put my head down and charge at a dream job or should I keep my eye out for other software developer jobs? My heart wants to go for the dream job but my heart also really wants to get out of this job so I can work as a developer full time as soon as possible!

If you have any job searching advice, I’d love to hear it. If you just have a job offer, I’d love to hear that even more!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Tech Center-based cable company, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, says it raised $40M [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo cuts 21 jobs as growth and and acquisitions created redundancies [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Wayin gets new CEO after acquiring UK’s EngageSciences [Tech+]
  • 7 key players in Colorado’s cybersecurity industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Break up with your bad job: 7 Colorado companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs tech storage firm, X-IO Technologies, closes facility, cuts 107 workers [DenverPost]
  • AT&T’s pledge to hire more veterans for tech jobs in Colorado [Tech+]
  • Your guide to making the most of Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 drastic changes some companies are making to lure tech workers [DenverPost]
  • Bootcamps Vs. Traditional Education: My experience as a new woman in tech [CodeCraft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #148: Feedback Needed

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I need your help! The future of Colorado Tech Weekly DEPENDS ON YOU! OK, maybe that’s a little too dramatic but I’m finding out that doing this blog and doing a podcast might be too much. I want to change things up, but I’m not sure how I want to do that. So yesterday I wrote up a post: The Future of Colorado Tech Weekly… with some of my thoughts and ideas. Since I write this blog and do the podcast for you as much as for me I would love to hear your feedback. Thank you for reading and listening!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, kicks off CU’s Conference on World Affairs [DenverPost]
  • 10 teams advance in 2016 Go Code Colorado challenge, finals May 26 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot adds Cloud Harmonics to global distributor network [InnovatioNews]
  • Revolv becomes history and ends service; Boulder team moves to Nest [Tech+]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer at Apptio in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Choozle Announces Partnership with Digital First Media [Choozle]
  • Never “work” again: 7 Colorado startups hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broadband measures pass, pot doesn’t do so well in Tuesday’s election [DenverPost]
  • ULA cuts 375 jobs as new commercial space-race heats up [DenverPost]
  • Whole Foods partners with Boomtown on technology and snacks [Tech+]

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