Colorado Tech Weekly #180: I Went to an Event, I Missed an Event and Half a Circle

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It’s been a while since I’ve celebrated a blog milestone, so let’s do it. One hundred and eighty is a great milestone! It’s half a circle. It’s 20 away from 200. It’s even and… ok enough.

Last week I went to the Develop Denver meetup at Stoneys in Denver. I got to hear the KU fight song but that had nothing to do with the meetup. There were nametags and beer and nice people. What more do you need? I met a few nice developers and a few Galvanize students and instructors. It’s a good, low-key kind of event. You should check it out.

I also completely missed that WordCamp Denver was going on. I use WordPress for my site and despite the ‘uncool’ factor of PHP, it is still one of the most accessable platforms out there.

Be thankful for things this week. I’m thankful for you for reading this and I know it sounds cheesy but I just really enjoy being a part of the Colorado tech community. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins mulls internet options [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Law Father wins two W3 Silver Awards [LawFather]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital changes CEO as it pivots to technology [AltitudeDigital]
  • Denver-based marketplace lender P2Binvestor closes $7.7M Series A1 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Videos for all WordCamp Denver sessions are now available on WordPress TV! [WordCampDenver]
  • As SendGrid opens Denver HQ, CEO talks of hiring hundreds [DBJ]
  • Tech roundup: Colorado tech sweeps Outside’s best places to work, big week for funding and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • How the Broncos are embracing tech, on game day and beyond [BuiltinColorado]
  • U.S. defense agencies choose Denver’s CH2M for $35M biosecurity contract [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Greystone Technology is excited to announce $2M in funding from Cypress Growth Capital! [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #179: VR, Municipal Broadband, APEX Awards and More

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. Take a break from politics and check out all the cool things happening in the Colorado tech community. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial-based SSP Junior Developer blog: My first year in the family [SSPInnovations]
  • Boulder telecom Zayo Group swings to profit [BizWest]
  • Virtual and augmented reality on the rise: 10 Colorado companies shaping the industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • FirstNet to unveil new Boulder testing lab for nationwide first-responders network [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Webolutions earns multiple W3 Awards for web design [Webolutions]
  • Golden, Lafayette and 24 Colorado communities vote yes on broadband internet alternatives [DenverPost]
  • Why these Colorado startups don’t believe in the 9-to-5 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2016 APEX award winners [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s ULA launches Westminster-based DigitalGlobe satellite into orbit [DBJ]
  • New Beginnings: Boulder’s Amadeus merges with Exadel [AmadeusConsulting]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #174: An Ironic Miscalculation About Time

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I am trying to get this post published just before it’s scheduled to be emailed to those of you who get this post in email. I hope that happens.

My grand plan has been to go to school, do my own projects, go to meetups and continue to work full time to get my first software developer job. It’s a long term plan that I implemented before I published Colorado Tech Weekly #1. I made a miscalculation though, in order to find and take advantage of new opportunities I need time. I have not given myself any time to be open to new opportunities while searching high and low for new opportunities.

A little bit ironic, don’t ya think? (Great, now the song is stuck in my head)

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech brought in more than $35M in September: Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Charter Communications signs huge lease in Greenwood Village, plans 800 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Turing School of Software & Design now accepts GI Bill benefits [TuringSchool]
  • Fort Collins, Digital Workshop Center teaming up on scholarships to close tech-skills gap [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Convercent releases Convercent 4.0, most important product to date [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds Money as chief people officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Pathway to STEM degrees made smoother for community college students [CUBoulderToday]
  • Brilliant, but bored? 5 Colorado tech companies looking for talent like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • With a $33.7M Series E, Denver-based Welltok plans to continue optimizing consumer health [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside Twitter’s New Downtown Boulder Digs [5280Magazine]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #172: More Phsyical-to-Digital Comparisons

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I took time off work so I could spend all day Saturday sanding drywall and all day yesterday painting ceilings. I have half-assed my homework and have not written any code since… well it’s been a while. But this week’s CTW post is going up because I take immense pride in the fact that it has been going for 172 consecutive weeks!

Here are a few more things I’ve learned while working on my home:

  1. Changing the back-end is difficult and fraught with unforeseen problems. We had foundation issues with our house. They lifted the foundation, but the basement floor didn’t lift. Then they attempted to lift the basement floor but it started to crack. Hopefully today they will lift the floor and make it work. Whether you’re dealing with the foundation of a house or the underlying code of an application, things will be difficult.
  2. The front-end takes meticulous attention to detail and, while not as structurally important as back-end work, still takes a lot of work. Since we had tore up our carpet in the basement, we used this as an opportunity to get rid of the ugly popcorn ceiling we had. I scraped it off, then had to patch and sand to make the ceiling appear smooth. This took a lot of work and attention to detail. Whether you are painting a wall or ceiling or changing the look of an application, know that there will be many adjustments made to make sure it looks good.

I hope you, and I, have a great week. Wish us luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield’s Webroot expands with CyberFlow Analytics purchase [DBJ]
  • How Developers Led Denver-based SendGrid to Its JSON Driven API Request Payloads [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder’s Foundry Group’s newest fund closes at $500M [DBJ]
  • CU-Boulder and Westminster-based DigitalGlobe partner to advance research innovation locally, worldwide [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave partners with Resilio for enhanced data transfer, management [InnovatioNews]
  • How paid internships benefit startups as much as students [BuiltinColorado]
  • 10 Colorado startups shaking up the healthcare industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed wins $395 million Air Force order for two GPS satellites [DBJ]
  • JavaOne 2016 Recap [FreeWave]
  • KidsTek Receives Generous Donation from Denver’s FORTRUST [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #161: Real Space, Fake Space, Real Bots, Chat Bots

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This week there was cool news about real space with Lockheed Martin’s involvement with the Juno space probe. There is also some cool news about a space-themed game published by Serenity Forge.

The chat bot is thanks to BillHero in Ft. Collins so you can pay your bills using Facebook Messenger. And when it comes to real bots, I have finally started developing my first Sphero app. It’s a very simple app that allows you to drive the Sphero and see data from the Sphero sensors so you can figure out if you and your robot are thinking the same thing.

Have a great week! Be kind to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NASA and Littleton-based Lockheed Martin reach Jupiter with Juno space probe [DBJ]
  • Englewood-based IHS and Markit merger will trade under new NASDAQ symbol [DenverPost]
  • A Note from our New CEO, Andrea Young [CTA]
  • 4 Colorado recruiters share what you should really ask during your interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid launches new endpoint to complete API email management [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Denver-based Dizzion and Call Center Optimization Group announce new partnership [Dizzion]
  • Don’t settle for boring. 5 Colorado tech companies that want to hire you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Ft. Collins-based BillHero announces first Facebook Messenger chat bot for paying bills [InnovatioNews]
  • This Colorado tech company is responsible for more than 5 million app installs each month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lifeless Planet Premier Edition, published by Boulder-based Serenity Forge, coming to PS4 July 19 [PlayStation.Blog]

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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 #146: Which is Better? Planning or Improvising?

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The answer to the headline is “Yes.” I know. It’s a trick question and it’s Monday and you’re trying to figure out what it was you ate yesterday that has you feeling a bit off today (maybe the 5 pounds of chocoloate?) and you’re still trying to readjust after the snow storm interrupted your week last week so it’s not nice to give you a trick question and I’m sorry.

Planning is important regardless of what all the shotgun innovators tell you. If you want to do something well, you have to make a plan. Most of the headlines I share every week are the results of people setting a goal, making a plan and spending years going for it. Today I finished my Software Requirements Specification for my app for my police officers. It feels nice to have a plan.

But what about improvising? The best improvisation comes after the plan. It’s like the rescheduled events listed this week. There was a plan but things got changed, so you improvise and continue on. This is the best kind of improvisation.

Plan. Then improvise. Please.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: Revolar [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap hires former Louisville-based NexGen Storage CFO Benner [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Fruition acquires DS2 Magento Hosting [Fruition]
  • How 4 Colorado tech leaders are working to empower women in tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s SendGrid announces availability in Google Cloud Launcher [InnovatioNews]
  • New dev gigs: 5 software engineering openings in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to launch live event services at NAB 2016 [WazeeDigital]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Brewster to broaden product offerings [InnovatioNews]
  • Fast-growing Houston tech company, Poetic Software, to open Denver office [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ProtectWise guarding against hackers [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #145: Partnerships, Opportunities and a Logo Challenge

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As someone who has been following Colorado tech companies for the last 145 weeks I took it as a personal challenge when I saw the BuiltinColorado tech startup logo challenge as a personal challenge. I thought, “If anyone should be able to list all 30 companies, it should be me.” Well I still have a few yet to identify. If you’re going to the Built in Brews event on Thursday and you want a cool t-shirt maybe you can get 2 shirts and I’ll help you out. I wear a large. Shhh! Don’t tell Jess Ryan.

After being overwhelmed last week, I feel almost on target this week. Classes are over for now. Birthdays are celebrated and I even get 2 whole days off with my wife and daughter this week! I’m excited to recharge, refocus and get moving on some personal projects. I should probably write up another blog post about those. Until then, here’s some cool news and events!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based 303 Software celebrates ten year anniversary with brand re-launch and website redesign [CTA]
  • Prosper Marketplace and Golden’s HomeAdvisor partner to bring home improvement financing to millions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 shares diversity philosophy on women, global community and millennials [Tech+]
  • Fort Collins-based Innosphere startups create 296 jobs in 2015 [Coloradoan]
  • CTOs to Know: Here’s what the tech leaders of 5 Colorado companies are working on this year[BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital joins forces with DoubleVerify to combat non-human fraudulent traffic [AltitudeDigital]
  • Two companies consider relocating North American headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup Kindara names former SendGrid exec CEO [BizWest]
  • Skillful launches in Colorado to help companies with skills-based hiring and recruiting [CTA]
  • Can you guess these 30 Colorado tech startups by their logos? [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #129: It’s Cyber-Small-Business-Shop-Local Monday!

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One of the cool things about Colorado being a great place for tech startups is that we can get all the shopping “holidays” in one day!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based SendGrid names two more new members to its leadership team [InnovatioNews]
  • How Colorado tech gives back for the holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies [DenverPost]
  • Colorado tech tackles your gift list: 6 innovative gifts that’ll run less than $100 [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado startups reveal the secrets to their successful Kickstarter campaigns [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph’s LulzBot TAZ 5 rated best overall 3D printer by Make Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • DaVinci Institute moves startup space, coding school to Westminster [DBJ]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: DispatchHealth [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s Rapt Media wins gold Stevie Award in 2015 Stevie Awards for Women in Business [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group to buy Canada’s 4th largest telecom [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #128: Want Your Choice in Dev Jobs in Colorado? Learn JavaScript

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Saying “Learn JavaScript” is like saying… well I can’t think of a good analogy but it’s not that easy. JavaScript is the utility player of web development. JavaScript is mainly used in web apps to make things happen in the browser so the web app doesn’t have to constantly send data back and forth with the server and it’s been made to do… just about everything.

But It’s not enough just to learn the language, you also have to learn a framework and choosing a JavaScript framework can be intimidating. You want to learn a framework that is popular and growing, but not one that is too overhyped or too saturated with talent. This is very difficult to figure out.

To get you started, here’s a recently published blog post about JavaScript Frameworks for 2016 and Beyond. From what I’ve seen, the most popular and best framework to learn right now is AngularJS.

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What to expect next From Denver-based Photocrati [Photocrati]
  • Boulder’s ProtectWise gets $20M for cloud DVR to see data changes over time [DenverPost]
  • Go Code Colorado launches third year of statewide civic app challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • By the numbers: Colorado’s most in demand coding skills [BuiltinColorado]
  • All-female team from Colorado School of Mines takes 2nd place at HackPrinceton [Tech+]
  • Angie’s List rejects Golden-based HomeAdvisor merger bid from IAC/InteractiveCorp. [DBJ]
  • Denver, Boulder rank high as emerging tech centers, says report [DBJ]
  • Introducing TechFlash, the DBJ’s email newsletter on all things tech [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s diversity strategy results in more job candidates [DenverPost]
  • What’s next for Conspire [Conspire]

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