Colorado Tech Weekly #255: AR, VR and RL

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When I was looking for my first developer job (it was just last year, but it’s nice to say it was in the past) I was always asked the seemingly helpful question of “What kind of development do you want to do?” and as someone who had never worked in software development I really didn’t know the answer. I am currently working in the credit card payments industry doing C# and .NET development and I’m enjoying it and that never would’ve been my answer (mostly cuz I knew nothing about the credit card payment process).

AR and VR sound like a lot of fun though. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Havenly leases 10,000 square feet in RiNo [BusinessDen]
  • INterview with Tom McAndrew, CEO of Westminster-based Coalfire [InnovatioNews]
  • Velocity Global Awarded Fifth Spot in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [VelocityGlobal]
  • The day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put an extra nail in the coffin [DenverPost]
  • Restaurant software company Upserve opens in Denver with 50 employees [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s National CineMedia brings AR gaming to movie theaters [DBJ]
  • Deloitte Consulting hires 25 for Colorado Springs cybersecurity work [CSGazette]
  • Innosphere gets seed money from Community Foundation to build startup laboratory wet space in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Group raises $2M in equity offering [BizWest]
  • A Denver tech company became more diverse and had its best financial year ever. Here’s why that matters for SendGrid and other companies [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #253: The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Others In Your Niche’

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Reading tech news now that I am working full-time in the Colorado tech community is a different experience. The company I work for is involved in the payments processing space. This week, 2 companies who are involved in the same space are sharing news. The cool thing about other people being involved in your niche is that it validates your motivations. Other people being involved shows that you are in a good place. The down side to others being involved in your niche is the inherent competition. I prefer promoting community over competition, but when there is competition I want it to be healthy and supportive because it’s more fun for me that way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based PaySimple embeds payments, cash management tools for in-field technicians [PYMNTS]
  • Colorado Legislative Tech Caucus delves into blockchain technology [CTA]
  • Tech startup Wurk raises $3.2M in bridge-funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver payment processing startup QRails nabs $1M in fresh capital [BusinessDen]
  • Hansen-Herod net neutrality bill moves forward [COHouseDems]
  • German-based HERE mapping company is now here with new Boulder office [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s SendGrid signs with Pipeline to use AI for workplace gender equity [InnovatioNews]
  • What Does It Take to Transition Into Tech? [SkillDistillery]
  • Large media campus project called off in Parker, developer searches for new site [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #252: Mostly Good News, Municipal Broadband and Go Code Colorado

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This week is mostly full of good news about Colorado tech companies. Also good is the news about more municipal broadband in the state. Rounding out the good news, this weekend is the Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend throughout the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Recruiting Coalition formed to promote state as tech hub, attract talent [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado software company, Evolving Systems announces Q4 loss; stock slumps [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s VictorOps finding big growth helping software developers breathe easy [DBJ]
  • Denver-based WellTok raises $75 million [BizWest]
  • Cherwell Software of Colorado Springs adds $172M from existing investor KKR [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado communities vote to establish municipal broadband, joining dozens of others across the state [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SendGrid, stockholders offering 6.2M shares for sale [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga continues acquisition run [BizWest]
  • Get connected: Colorado techies share their do’s and don’ts of professional networking [BuiltinColorado]
  • An inside look at the family-friendly perks of 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #235: Fundings, Holiday Parties and Net Neutrality

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I have one week of work done in my new job. It still feels surreal but I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Writing code all day is as enjoyable as I thought it would be and I thank my open, honest co-workers for that.

Last week I may have overstated the mass of events happening. There were a lot, but this week is the week to go interact with meetup group members in a more casual holiday party atmosphere. If I didn’t already have plans, I’d love to check out the Denver Game Dev Holiday Party.

This Thursday is when the FCC wants to make their worst decision ever on net neutrality. My current job allows me to work from home and it’s easy and painless because of net neutrality. I can’t imagine what kind of subscription packages I’d have to manage to work from home if net neutrality went away. Make your voice heard!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Clip Interactive embarks on raising $5M [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s bitcoin firm Riot Blockchain sees $8M invested in Canadian unit [DBJ]
  • Boulder Techstars graduate Stateless raises $1.4 million in seed round [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based tech startup CaliberMind raises more than $3 million in capital [BizWest]
  • The Net Neutrality Small Business Primer: Countdown to Dec. 14 [1bg]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network founder Charlie Ergen steps down as CEO, hints at Dish offering wireless service [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s Madwire, SendGrid make Glassdoor’s list of Best Places to Work [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Maxwell Financial Labs announces $3M in financing from leading fintech investors to accelerate growth [Maxwell]
  • Ting reveals which Centennial neighborhood is getting its gigabit internet first [DBJ]
  • Innosphere plans $18M expansion in Fort Collins, Denver [Coloradoan]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #232: I GOT A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT JOB! WOOHOO!!

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I started these blog  posts after I started going back to school for my Computer Science degree. That was over 232 weeks (approx 4.5 years) ago. My last course starts in January and, now, my new career starts on December 4!

It feels surreal and good and exciting and scary and overwhelming and expected and surprising. I will end my 12 year career as a 911/police dispatcher on December 1. It’s a job that has given me tons of stress and tons of pride. Instead of working different shifts waiting for bad things to happen I’ll get to do project-based work from home. It will be a whole different lifestyle and I’m very grateful.

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity workers in high demand across Colorado [CSBJ]
  • Chicago app designer, ORA Interactive, to open a satellite office in Denver [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow’s fast Corvette breaks another speed record [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Choozle secures $6M in Series B funding [InnovatioNews]
  • General Atomics buys Colorado satellite business, Surrey Satellite Technology US [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s public debut sees stock price jump 16 percent at opening [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s bid to lure Amazon HQ2 is heavy on talent and transportation [Denverite]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck adds $21.5 million in venture capital [DenverPost]
  • JumpCloud’s recent investment drives opportunities for us all [JumpCloud]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #230: Rural Broadband, GO VOTE and Job Interviews

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Last week I had 2 job interviews. I pored over company information, bookmarked Pluralsight courses to show initiative in learning their tech stack, only to be bewildered by value-based questions like “What motivates you?” It’s a simple question but it’s really easy to overthink the answer in a job interview. On the plus side I have at least one follow up interview already scheduled so fingers are crossed!

Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know you’re wondering why I typed that in all caps and made it bold, but if you really want to have a voice in your community, vote in local elections. Government works best when its community is involved in how it operates so GO VOTE!

I highlighted the story about the rural-urban divide in broadband service because I’d really like us to fix this. I dream of being a remote/freelance developer living in a small town in the mountains, enjoying small town life while helping to build cool things. Let’s make this happen!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Valley company, Ampex Data Systems, plans to add up to 30 jobs next month in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Lawmakers have tried to address the rural-urban inequality when it comes to broadband internet service [GJSentinel]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun gets weird for Halloween 2017! [Sparkfun]
  • It’s official: Broomfield’s Level 3 Communications is now CenturyLink [DenverPost]
  • UpCurve buys Denver-based Closely to boost ThriveHive’s marketing tech offerings [Xconomy]
  • Report shows growing tech presence in Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid plans to sell its shares publicly starting at $13.50 each [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap: Record Q3 saw 150K new teams signed to manage schedules [InnovatioNews]
  • Photos and their maker from Maker Faire Denver [DenverMakerFaire]
  • Campaign against Fort Collins internet plan spends $451,000 [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #229: Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat

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If the title of this week’s post puts a song in your head, you have great taste in music.

The Tech Jobs Tour event event last week was amazing! I got to talk with many of the leaders I admire from the Colorado technology community. It was inspiring and made me proud to be a part of this community. This week’s stories span all the emotions!

Love: We get to check in with Sparkfun founder, Nate Seidle, as he follows his passion and HobbyDB gets funding to continue helping others follow their passion.

Loss: Lockheed Martin misses earnings and Revolar shuts down. I’ve seen very few bad-news stories since I’ve started these blog posts and few have been more heartbreaking for me than finding out Revolar has to shut down.

Hope: Every other story deals with hope and it’s one of the things that keeps me going. Speaking of hope, remember how I said last week was a good time to get a new job? I have an interview on Wednesday! Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Occipital acquires Paracosm, plans collaborative 3D mapping projects [Xconomy]
  • Fort Collins voters to decide $150 million gamble in broadband industry [CompleteColorado]
  • Denver tech darling Revolar shuts down, even as its panic buttons still for sale at Target, Best Buy [DenverPost]
  • Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin space business drives surprise earnings miss [DBJ]
  • Check-In with Niwot’s SparkX – Two Rounds Later [SparkFun]
  • Report: Colorado’s tech companies keep growing, up 20 percent in employee numbers over 2016 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based collectible database, HobbyDB raises $325,000 [BizWest]
  • Hickenlooper to unveil Skillful platform Thursday to help jobseekers [ColoradoPolitics]
  • SendGrid, Tendril and Arrow Electronics tops the Hired list of 10 most attractive companies for tech workers in Denver [Recode]
  • 17th annual APEX award finalists announced [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #228: A Good Week to Get a New Job

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I just registered for my last course to complete my Computer Science degree (I graduate Spring of next year). My current job has me coming into work at 3am twice this week and I am participating in 2 job fairs, an online job fair through Regis University on Tuesday, then the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday. I am well motivated to find my next job! I think finding my first software development job will be the hardest part of my new career.

Speaking of jobs, BuiltinColorado finds some tips for dressing for tech interviews (I prefer to suit-up), Denver Business Journal points out that startups may not be the job-creators some think they are (having employees is hard), some Colorado projects get featured in Popular Science (my favorite elementary school library check-out) and Pueblo is hosting a Mini Maker Faire (Yay! I didn’t forget the makers this week!)!

If you are also going to the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday, let’s meet up. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal their top 3 dos and don’ts for dressing for an interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing Colorado startup, Apto, taps software exec as new CEO [DBJ]
  • BizWest announces winners of 2017 IQ Awards [SkylandAnalytics]
  • Denver Maker Faire Recap [JamesMurphy]
  • Denver ranks high for startups, but lags in how many jobs they add [DBJ]
  • Metro Denver submits official bid for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech leader, Kevin Owocki is using blockchain to push open source software forward with Gitcoin [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver marijuana-tech company MassRoots replaces CEO; $12M CannaRegs deal is off [DBJ]
  • Three Colorado-based projects make it onto Popular Science’s 2017 top 10 aerospace inventions [DenverPost]
  • It’s official: SendGrid makes moves toward an IPO [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #224: Failure, Open Source, Freelancing, Tech Jobs and Denver Startup Week (50% More Links THIS WEEK ONLY)

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If I was still doing an accompanying podcast with these blog posts, this week I would talk forever. There is so much packed into this week’s headlines that I want to talk about!

I’d talk about the importance of being comfortable with failure because of the SparkFun post. Or I could talk about the allure of game development and talk about Mystic Melee. What about interview struggles and strategies that Built in Colorado brings up?

But wait! There’s more!! I could talk about the deceptive difficulty of freelancing (doing the projects is the easy part) because of the Impact Lab article or I could talk about my frustration with the “talent gap” while looking at the Denver Post’s Amazon-related story. But I’d also want to talk about open-source development thanks to the story about DRUD Tech, especially since Hacktoberfest is starting soon.

Speaking of Hacktoberfest, are you participating? I want to give it a shot but I know I’ll need some knowledge/moral/tech/emotional support to make it worth it.  I know SendGrid is participating. It would be cool to find other Colorado tech companies/people/organizations that are involved.

OH WAIT! THERE’S ALSO DENVER STARTUP WEEK! At the end of this post are 10 posts I’ve collected from the from the Colorado tech community to make sure you get the best Denver Startup Week experience.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Meet Our July 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Project Fails [SparkFun]
  • Denver-based game, Mystic Melee, out on Early Access [PewPewCat]
  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal: What to ask (and what NOT to ask) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: 5 Colorado software engineers share the coolest tech they’ve built [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google buys Boulder campus for $130 million [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ [ImpactLab]
  • Denver software firm, Choozle, expands HQ after doubling its headcount [BusinessDen]
  • Finding workers a challenge in Colorado’s bid for Amazon campus [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes [CIODive]

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10 Best Denver Startup Week Posts from the Colorado Tech Community

  • Spotlight on the Maker Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • GoSpotCheck & Denver Startup Week [GoSpotCheck]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 will offer 350 programs, big names [DBJ]
  • Your Guide to Everything Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sixth annual Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29 with 300+ events [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 [Choozle]
  • Denver Startup Week: Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s Startup Crawl [BuiltinColorado]
  • The DSW trifecta: Laughs, beer, tech jobs [Name.com]
  • The Colorado Startup Scene and Denver Startup Week 2017 [TechnicalIntegrity]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #203: Mostly About Bots and Broomfield

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For those who don’t know, there are cities between Denver and Boulder. One of the cities having the biggest growth in tech is Broomfield. It makes me curious to find out what they are doing up there to attract so many tech companies.

Tomorrow I will do another coding Twitch stream. I’m really starting to like doing the stream. I’ve decided to focus on Java and learned a lot about the language last week thanks to one of the people in the chat. It’s great!

This week may the 4th be with you and happy Cinco De Mayo!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Swisslog changes location of proposed headquarters in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • British cloud-based warehouse management firm, Synergy North America, expands to Denver by moving U.S. HQ to Broomfield [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot apologizes, says antivirus software error that labeled Windows files as malware now fixed [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based startup TurboTenant raises $1.5 million in capital [BizWest]
  • 7 Colorado tech companies doing big things with Big Data [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Project C.U.R.E. [zvelo]
  • How 3 Colorado tech pillars approach hiring, innovation and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU is home to new NSF cyberattack center [InnovatioNews]
  • CenturyLink will add two Level 3 executives to senior staff after merger [DenverPost]
  • Arvada construction-technology firm Prescient adds $40 million from investors [DenverPost]

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