Colorado Tech Weekly #136: Leadership Changes and More Dev Schools

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The main reason I share stories about funding amounts and leadership changes in tech companies is because you can learn a lot by a company by paying attention to their leadership. Company culture starts at the top. The traits of a company’s executives and founders is found throughout their companies. Curious about a company? Look at their leaders.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech News Roundup: Slice of Lime acquired, Cloud Elements raises $5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Bill Adkins, campus director of Boulder-based CodeCraft [InnovatioNews]
  • Harris Morris Named Chairman of Denver’s Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Gamers on Valve’s Steam getting gigabit kick from Broomfield’s Level 3 [Tech+]
  • Denver-based Aspenware launches public beta of Aventeer, an all-in-one marketplace and platform [CTA]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies that give back all year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Datavail’s $47.3 million tops Colorado’s 4Q venture-capital deals list [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Photobucket replaces CEO and other top executives [Tech+]
  • Dev school General Assembly expands to Denver, classes to start in February [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity names Robb Reck as CSIO [InnovatioNews]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #69: Expansion in Colorado Springs, finding things in Steamboat and Colorado has the best ‘Outside’ companies

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Would it surprise you to learn that over 1/10th of the companies listed on Outside’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’ were Colorado tech companies? It didn’t surprise me either, but it’s still nice to hear. It’s like when my wife tells me I’m awesome. It’s something I already know, but it’s nice to hear it from someone else.

A note about my news sources: Lately a lot of the stories I’ve found have come from CTA’s  news aggregation site Digital Colorado. Since they post a summary and a link to the original story I don’t often link directly to Digital Colorado because I don’t want you to have to click a link to click a link to read a story. That being said, If you want your tech news aggregated more often than once a week, you should definitely check them out!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Big sale, equity rounds, surprises make headlines in 3rd quarter [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Lassy Project launches updates and new features [LassyProject]
  • Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Exelis completes spinoff of Colorado-based unit [DBJ]
  • Booming Colorado Springs software company, Cherwell Software, looks for space to grow even more [Gazette]
  • Technology startup U Grok It celebrates new milestones in Steamboat Springs [SteamboatToday]
  • Franklin Out, VMLogix and Citrix Exec in as SendGrid Replaces CEO [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes Suma Nallapati to board of directors [CTA]
  • Insurance software company, Insurance Technologies, expands in downtown Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • 11 Colorado tech companies make Outside’s 100 The Best Places to Work in 2014 [Outside]

Upcoming Events

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Creating Content and Learning UX

The goal of designing my own website is to create a website for anyone interested in my professional achievements and goals that is simple to update, worth reading and easy to look at on any device in any browser. All updates to this project can be found on the main project page.

Focusing on content

As much as I want to jump into learning code and modifying my website, I need to keep in mind why I want people to visit my website. I want people to read about my professional goals and projects. In order for people to read about these things, there needs to be words (Crazy, I know). So I spent my first week focusing on the content of my site. I also spent some time focusing on my social media profiles such as LinkedIn because I know that if someone is looking to learn about me on this site, they will also probably check out those sites as well. My online presence isn’t just this site.

Jumping into UX design

With my basic content laid out it’s time to jump in to learning about UX (user experience) design. Even though my goal is to become a software developer, I think it’s important for me to learn UX because I want to create software that people actually want to use. I could come up with the best way to sort and categorize data, but if no one can figure out how to use it then there’s not much point in creating it. I want to learn UX design because I’ve always wondered how people decide where to put buttons and fields in apps.

I am going to spend 3 weeks drilling down on the basics of UX design using UXApprentice.com as a guide. I will also use tutorials from HackDesigns.org, free local seminars such as the “Design Research to Experience Roadmap” I went to on Thursday hosted by Slice of Lime at Galvanize, and a great list of links from helpful, local designer/developer Alex Hoffman (Follow him on Twitter, he’s a nice guy). After those 3 weeks I will attempt to make use of my newfound knowledge and use it to design this site.

Next week I’ll focus on the discovery step of the UX design process.

Colorado Tech Weekly #19: More news than you can shake a stick at

Colorado Tech Weekly Binary FlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 information technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local events every Monday morning!

I thought by limiting myself to 10 news stories per week I was making it easier on myself. This week I had over 50 news stories to choose from for this post! That’s a lot of news! I need to think of a way to share more news. Maybe I’ll do a Reddit page or something like that.

Local News

  • Pivothead Wearable Imaging moves from New York to Colorado [InnovatioNews]
  • SolidFire, Ping Identity, VictorOps, Kapost and TapInfluence are a few of companies in the Boulder, Denver areas that raised large amounts of VC funding in Q3 [Xconomy]
  • DigitalGlobe changes plans, chooses Westminster over Broomfield for new HQ [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Evver teams up with ReverbNation to help indie bands get discovered [BuiltinColorado]
  • New Tech October Wrap Up features plans for expansion [BDNT]
  • Boulder-based Ubooly shows howw being cute, collaborative and agile changes business [DBJ]
  • Evolve Vacation Rental joins HomeAway referral network [DBJ]

National News

  • Google will live-stream the Chrome Development Summit November 20-21 [TheNextWeb]
  • Windows 8.1 released [TheNextWeb]
  • Canonical releases first ‘true’ version of Ubuntu Touch for smartphones with Ubuntu 13.10 [TheNextWeb]

Upcoming Events

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!