Colorado Tech Weekly #262: Five Years Ago, This Week and #NewsMatters

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It’s been 5 years and 2 days since the very first Colorado Tech Weekly. When I started, I didn’t think it was possible for me to find 10 news stories about Colorado Tech so I only had 5 stories. One of those first stories was that Sprint could have been a Colorado company with a merger with Dish Networks that fell through. Now I sift through about 80 articles every week to come up with 10 stories.

Last week I was also surprised by the news that Tamara Chuang was leaving the Denver Post. I have not had the pleasure to meet Tamara yet but she has only been the 2nd Denver Post technology reporter since I started this blog series. It made me realize how important it was to me to have good local reporting of local tech stories. I decided that if Tamara stayed in Colorado, I would do what I can to support that news source. Yesterday, the Colorado Sun was announced as a new journalistic project and new news source created by exiled Denver Post employees.

I look forward to supporting the Colorado Sun as well as doing more to support all the other great local journalism covering our tech community. Any time someone mistakes this blog for journalism, I kindly remind them that I only aggregate news reported by real journalists.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • San Francisco’s Splunk to acquire Boulder-based VictorOps in $120M deal [BizWest]
  • Fort Collins’ Madwire acquires Loveland-based payment company [BizWest]
  • Is Denver a new kind of tech town? Positively. [DigitalColorado]
  • Denver tech employees earn a lot more than other workers in the state [DBJ]
  • Regis University adds cybersecurity undergraduate degree [CSBJ]
  • Colorado awards first blockchain, cryptocurrency startup Radar Relay economic development grant [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Sphero raises $12 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Spanish telecom startup, Teltoo, moves to Boulder, plans to hire in key positions [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Bitsbox raises $3 million, plans to grow team [BizWest]
  • Shake it up: 5 executive leadership changes we saw in May [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 6/21 – Boulder/Denver BigData Meetup – The Amazon Infrastructure team: Big Data of Data Centers
  2. 6/21 – Denver Code Club – An Introduction to Modern Microservices
  3. 6/23 – GirlDevelopIt – 5 Year Anniversary Party
  4. 6/26 – Denver iOS Developer User Group – WWDC Recap

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Colorado Tech Weekly #261: Actively Creative People Are My Heroes

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This upcoming weekend is Denver Comic Con. It’ll be my 4th time going and I look forward to it every year. I am inspired every year to create more by talking with artists, authors and all the other creative people I find at DCC.

This weekend is marks the 5th anniversary of Colorado Tech Weekly! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing this for 5 years. It is beyond time for me to shake things up with this series and add some extra value Now I’ve found a bit of a groove with my new job maybe I can start making some of those changes soon.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Skyland Analytics names Joe Ruth company’s chief software architect [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based software firm Vendavo acquires Swedish company [DBJ]
  • Behind the CANVAS Cart: How this team embraces creativity to find new applications for its tech in Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Greystone makes the Denver Post Top Workplace list [GreystoneTech]
  • Fort Collins’ TurboTenant raises $2.2 million in equity offering [BizWest]
  • Software firm to the health-care industry, Apollo Enterprise Imaging Corp. expands to Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • SALT Lending nonprofit partners with Regis University to offer blockchain class [DBJ]
  • Louisville sustainable tech company, PrintReleaf, raises more than $400,000 in capital [BizWest]
  • Another banner year for the Secretary of State’s “Go Code Colorado” [SecretaryOfState]
  • Colorado tech raised over $100M in May. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #243: Move Fast and Name Things

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The hardest thing that programmers have to do is name things. I’m learning that the business world is not immune to this issue either. I highlighted the story about WorldPay/Vantiv/Mercury Pay cuz I’ve been able to use Vantiv’s info for my day job work and it points out the issue with names. When you’re moving fast and growing and acquiring and being acquired, how much time should you spend renaming and rebranding to make work easier?

There seems to be an artificial permanence to the names of things. It’s frustrating in a different kind of way. I’m not sure what to do about it or if anything should be done.

I’ll be at the Go Code Colorado Kickoff on Wednesday. I’m not participating in the challenge, but I really like the people who run and mentor the chalenge.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo purchases Neutral Path for $31.5 million [BizWest]
  • Durango startup WorldPay (Formerly Vantiv, formally Mercury Payment Systems) now ranks among world’s largest [BizWest]
  • What Denver should do when Amazon doesn’t choose it for HQ2 [BradFeld]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network races into internet of things world by buying Denver parking startup ParkiFi [DenverPost]
  • Colorado eyes blockchain to secure government data, legal pot [DBJ]
  • Silicon Valley software firm Xactly expands in Denver, plans to hire hundreds [DenverPost]
  • Robots, referees and a shot at the regional tournament: Hundreds of students compete in technological throwdown at Regis [DenverPost]
  • An inside look at the morning routines of highly successful tech leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $41M in January. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2018’s top technology trends: How Colorado tech is pushing the envelope [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

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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]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #176: Every Tech Job is a Security Tech Job

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When most people think of cybersecurity they think of antivirus companies and IT commandos in bunkers with entirely too many computer screens who track attacks on a large map while furiously typing away to keep the bad hackers away. The reality is not so sexy. The DDoS attack using IoT devices on Friday and the Denver Post story below highlight the fact that whether you’re designing an operating system for distributed servers or writing code on a internet-connected blinking light you need to be thinking about security.

Everyone involved in creating or maintaining systems needs to consider security when doing our jobs. This cannot be solved with a new technology or a disruptive startup. It requires the paradigm shift mentioned by Ed Rios. Every tech job is a security tech job.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster’s SpotX partners with BrightLine to accelerate automation of interactive video ad sales for connected TV [SpotX]
  • CTA Teams Up with Denver Broncos to Celebrate Colorado’s Innovative STEM Educators [DigitalColorado]
  • How focusing on travel is helping this legacy Colorado startup take off once again [BuiltinColorado]
  • TestPlant establishes Americas HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor gets nod in new Facebook feature [DenverPost]
  • Tech industry ponders how to fill Colorado’s 10,000 cybersecurity job openings [DenverPost]
  • INterview with Mark Turnage, Denver-based OWL Security CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • zvelo On The Go: An Interview With Joshua Rubin [zvelo]
  • Tech roundup: Denver ranked top in Forbes list, a VR haunted house and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Code42 opens Broomfield office to tap growing regional talent pool [InnovatioNews]

Top Upcoming Events

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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]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #143: Event Reviews, Podcasts and C-Level

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I always say that the top upcoming events are events I wish I could go to and it’s entirely true. I wish I could go to every event I post! This is why I appreciate event reviews. This week we have reviews of the T9Hacks hackathon and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. This week I also get to go to C-Level @ A Mile High! It’s the only technology event I have been able to go to on a consistent basis. I will be bringing my recorder to see if I can add some interviews to my podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, I learned this week that there is more than one Colorado tech podcast and that’s awesome! Of course there is only one Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast but this week, Tamara Chuang from the Denver Post profiles the Turnpikers podcast and Jess Ryan gave a cool list of 5 Colorado tech podcasts where she perfectly describes my podcast and made me want to listen to the others on the list.

So go check those out and come say “Hi” at C-Level this Thursday!

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C-level @ A Mile High is Thursday, March 10. Join me there!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Teams face off in Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by Raytheon [DenverPost]
  • Mitisek leaving as head of Colorado Technology Association, joining DU [DenverPost]
  • Colorado ranks 13th nationwide for tech jobs in new report [Tech+]
  • Entrepreneurs hope new podcast unites Denver, Boulder tech communities [DenverPost]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects prints millionth 3D part for LulzBot desktop printers [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your own luck: 5 companies looking to hire in March [BuiltinColorado]
  • Robot Revolution powering up at Denver Museum [InnovatioNews]
  • Keysight Technologies to bring 200 jobs to Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • CU-Boulder’s Atlas Institute hosts inaugural women-centric hack-a-thon [DailyCamera]
  • Why digital health is Colorado tech’s next big thing [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech podcasts to add to your feed [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #118: The Work That Causes the Headlines

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Every once in a while I have to remind myself that most of the news behind these headlines are the culmination of months or years of work. The awards, acquisitions, mergers and events are the headlines but the important part is the work and time put into those events long before they become headlines.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Sprint ties Verizon for best mobile performance in Denver after four years at bottom [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave acquires enterprise open source vendor Open Logic [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed to lay off 500 in IT services division, which has Colorado presence [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital wins ColoradoBiz Magazine Top Company Award [AltitudeDigital]
  • 5 internships at awesome Colorado tech companies for this Fall [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Northern Colorado tech companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado IT firms NexusTek and Illumen merge, eye national expansion [DBJ]
  • Pebble Rocks Boulder Review – Hardware innovation packed into a weekend hackathon [Viget]
  • Seagate cuts 70 jobs in Longmont [BizWest]
  • Tech Roundup: TapInfluence doubles in size, eBags shakes things up & more [BuiltinColorado]

Upcoming Events

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My Latest Projects: Follow Sweeper and Fixing Police Paperwork with VB

Well my winter break from school work is coming to a close. Monday I start my “Advanced Algorithms” and “Ethics in IT” courses through Regis University’s College of Computer Science and Information Sciences online program. My goal has always been to work on projects when I have a break from school work and I’m excited to see that I’ve actually been doing it! Here’s what I’ve been working on…

Follow Sweeper

twitter-logo-round-edgesAs most people reading this probably know, I’m a big fan of Twitter. Unfortunately, Twitter has a crazy rule that unless your follower:following ratio is over some super secret ratio then you can’t follow more than 2000 people. With my interest in Colorado Tech, I am constantly at that limit, which means I end up unable to follow new people. I knew that there were some Twitter accounts that I was following that were inactive, but there is no easy way to find which accounts were inactive, so Follow Sweeper was created.

It’s written in Ruby and gives me a way to play with Ruby and the Twitter API without worrying too much abou Rails or any other framework although Rails is likely in Follow Sweeper’s future. I have a project page for Follow Sweeper but the best way to follow its progress is on the Follow Sweeper GitHub page.

Streamlining Police Officer Paperwork with Word and Visual Basic

cops1I work as a police dispatcher for a small department in the Denver, Colorado metro area. When I heard that officers were annoyed with some of the duplication they encountered when doing paperwork I started looking into their process to see if there was a way I could help. Officers are required to submit a “Statement in Support of Warrantless Arrest” (Warrantless Arrest) and a “Determination of Probable Cause” (PC) to the courts when arresting someone on new charges. Much of the same information on the Warrantless Arrest such as the subject’s name, the subject’s date of birth, date and time of arrest and crimes charged, etc. are also required on the PC. I wanted to find a way to allow officers to only enter that information once.

The only thing that bothers me about this project is that I couldn’t come up with a short, catchy name for it and an acronym is completely out of the question (SPOPWVB is very un-catchy). I stumbled into a solution using Visual Basic in Microsoft Word. You can check out the project on the Streamlining Police Officer Paperwork with Word and Visual Basic project page.

You can see all my projects on my aptly named Projects page. Any feedback, assistance and advice  on any of my projects is always appreciated!

Taking Stock of My Progress

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One of my ideas behind my website was to chronicle some of my experiences of becoming a developer. My Colorado Tech Weekly posts were just supposed to get people to come to my site to see all the cool things I was doing. Instead, my CTW posts have become my main content. It’s time to fix that.

My plan on how to become a developer is… well it’s a plan. It’s a long term plan and I’ve realized it’s easy to want to change up the plan because often planning is more fun than implementing. Long term plans are especially difficult because it’s easy to scrap the whole idea whenever I feel discouraged even though the plan may be working. Then again it may not be working… I won’t really know unless I reach my goal… or not.

Here is my plan to become a software developer:

  1. Go to school part time to get a Computer Science degree.
  2. While going to school, use my off time to create awesome, cool projects to show that I’m not just doing school work, I’m actually learning. Yes, there is a difference.
  3. Learn about the Colorado tech industry so I know where I want to work once I feel I’m qualified.
  4. Network with people already involved in the Colorado tech industry so that I can learn about what I need to learn and to create relationships that will allow me to find a job easier once I’m qualified.

It’s been about a year and a half since I started my plan. My goal is to have a software development job by the end of 2015. It’s almost the beginning of 2015, so how is my plan going?

  1. The Computer Science degree: This is going great, but extremely slow. I’m participating in Regis University’s completely online Computer Science program. I have a 3.7 GPA so far which should only increase as I dive into my higher level courses. The only downside is that I just checked my degree progress and if I continue to take 2 classes every semester it will be another 3 years from now until I actually get my degree. I do not want to wait 3 years to become a developer.
  2. Awesome, Cool Projects: I started off strong by diving into the subject of UX design. I had this amazing idea of teaching myself UX principals, then learning how to apply these principals by learning front end web-development languages like HTML5, CSS, PHP and whatever else to modify my website that’s currently built in WordPress to show what a great learner/developer I am. I soon realized this was WAY too big of an idea and I needed to scale it back. My perceived failure of this goal has kept me from really sharing my experiences because I have felt that my projects were not awesome and cool enough to share. I’ve realized my goal was unrealistic, but it still hurt my feelings. I did teach myself some Ruby on Rails but haven’t been able to translate it into an awesome, cool project. I think I may need to rethink the awesome, coolness of my projects. I’m still new at this.
  3. Learning About the Colorado Tech Industry Community: This is one part of my plan that I feel has gone better than planned. And it’s not just an industry, Colorado has a tech community. It’s been very encouraging learning about the companies, people and organizations that make up our community. My Colorado Tech Weekly posts over the past 75 weeks have me dialed in to the community and I’m comfortable talking to anyone about the current tech news in Colorado.
  4. Networking with all the people: I have been great at networking with people on Twitter. My Colorado Tech Twitter list has 1,849 members and I have no hesitation interacting with anyone on that list… on Twitter. One thing I’ve learned lately is that online networking is no replacement for in-person networking. The few times I’ve met with Colorado tech people have been great and I need to do it more. I just need to be careful to not let networking get in the way of learning. Also I’ve learned I’m pretty darn introverted so the idea of getting out and meeting all the people has me pretty nervous.

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So the question is: Will I be able to reach my goal of having a software development job by the end of next year? I’ll say it’s a confident maybe. I just have to do a few things differently:

  • I will finish my degree, but I won’t finish it by the end of next year. I need to find some awesome, cool projects to contribute to. Unless I can successfully scale down my project expectations, I’ll only disappoint myself. I will do better if I can find ways to contribute to others’ projects.
  • Find a mentor (or mentors) and actually trust them. I am an independent, skeptical person. It’s hard for me to trust.
  • In order for me to find projects, mentors and partners, I need to leave the comfort of my routine and talk to people… in person. I will need to advertise my enthusiasm and ignorance in person to innovate my education for enjoyable employment.
  • I also may have to do something about my alliteration affliction.

Wish me luck!

This post should be the first of a somewhat weekly series of me blogging about things the way bloggers blog about bloggity-blog things. I like the idea of putting out a candid view of who I am and who I want to be, but it’s kinda scary to do that so encourage me please.