Colorado Tech Weekly #215: Another Week Where I Brag About Colorado

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I was born and raised in Colorado so I’m going to admit I am biased about this state. In the 215 weeks I’ve bragged about the Colorado tech community, I haven’t yet been proven wrong about the reasons I love bragging about the Colorado tech community. It’s open, encouraging, cooperative and successful. It’s great to see that view repeated by others in Colorado.

The other great thing is that the Colorado tech community really exists all over the state. It’s not just Denver or Boulder or just the Front Range. Check out the CTA’s Colorado Tech Tour events next week to see what is going on in the rest of the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado to be first state doing check cybersecurity pros say everyone should do [Denverite]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies where your dev skills may be the perfect fit [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast to launch ‘internet of things’ network in Denver [DBJ]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun and Los Angeles-based myDevices partner to speed IoT project development for makers and engineers [InnovatioNews]
  • SolidFire founder launches Boulder-based Automox, a new cybersecurity company [BizWest]
  • Native Vs Hybrid App Development: Beginner’s Guide [Mobile-DI]
  • Where are they now? Checking in on our Top 50 Startups to Watch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Stapleton’s new coworking space, Cartasite raises $7.5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest is retiring its JavaScript Maps API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Beyond the mountains: A look at what makes Colorado tech unique [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #142: Awesome Business/Education Collaborations

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This week has three different stories about collaboration between businesses and education organizations and it’s AWESOME!

This spirit of collaboration is what I love about the Colorado technology community. People will try to tell you that, to get ahead in business, you have to be cutthroat and that it’s survival of the fittest. They’ll tell you that it’s a game that means your competitors loss is your gain. You may be able to win playing that game, but that is not a game I like to play. The growth of the Colorado tech community is proof you don’t have to play that way. There are other ways to win and I like that we play the fun way.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com partners with Denver-based Galvanize to offer free coding lessons [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver’s Commerce Kitchen lands amongst DBJ’s Top 10 Healthiest Employers [CommerceKitchen]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft reacts to feedback from Leading Boulder SaaS Provider, ShipCompliant [CodeCraft]
  • Governor Hickenlooper appoints Erik Mitisek as state’s new Chief Innovation Officer [CTA]
  • Vail Public Library’s Tech Studio open for innovation [VailDaily]
  • CU-Boulder, Lockheed team up to inspire next-generation engineers [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO Jeff Storey on medical leave following successful heart surgery [InnovatioNews]
  • Get to know the real Scott Ford, Boulder-based Rapt Media’s new Chief Operating Officer [RaptMedia]
  • 16 Meetup groups to introduce you to Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • SolidFire CEO: We will stay in Boulder, with plans to grow [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #141: The slow, steady hum of progress

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At work we have this air conditioning unit that makes a low buzzing noise. The only time we really notice it is when it turns off or starts up otherwise it’s just a constant source of background noise we get used to.

The Colorado technology community is starting to feel that way to me and in the best way possible. I look ta these headlines this week and I see constant progress. Constant hiring, constant releases, constant adjustments. Just because the general growth in Colorado tech appears constant and fades into the background, just like the air conditioner, we shouldn’t take it for granted.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fast Company names Boulder-based Agribotix to Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in drones for 2016 [Agribotix]
  • Denver’s AppThis launches two new products for app discovery and user acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Amadeus Consulting launches free software development planning tool [InnovatioNews]
  • Texas technology company, Apto, makes Denver home [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Dizzion Releases zLink Virtual Desktop Device [Dizzion]
  • Twitter plans expansion in Boulder, doubling office space and staff [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire parent NetApp plans to slash 1,500 jobs in $400M cost-cutting move [DBJ]
  • Techstars 2016 Boulder class has dating, genealogy and Bitcoin startups [Tech+]
  • Making the difference in Zen Planner’s culture in Highlands Ranch with OHANA [ZenPlanner]
  • Another RMOUG Training Days success! [DBAKevlar]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #134: Colorado Tech Takes a Look Back.. But I Want To Jump Forward!

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I’m not sure about you but I’m ready to get this year started! Most people got a 4 day weekend to start the year and I’m ready to get it moving.

The articles for this week’s CTW are still looking back at last year, which is good because it gives us a launching point for this year. We also have a full slate of 10 upcoming events that all look like excellent uses of time so go check them out!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Your guide to starting a career as a developer in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Terma Software reports 2015 will be highest revenue year ever [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s IHS acquires Canadian vehicle history company [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Fruition introduces new tools, earns awards in 2015 [Fuition]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $1B in 2015: Here were the 5 biggest rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • DBJ Year in Review: 2015’s best and worst Colorado tech stocks [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado is back for 2016! [ColoradoOIT]
  • Boulder-based SportsLabs to provide CFP Gameday app for college football champion games [InnovatioNews]
  • The new years resolutions of 7 Colorado tech companies’ CEOs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire establishes fund to honor late CEO [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #133: Is ‘I don’t know’ a valid prediction?

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I normally don’t put too much thought into what I write in these paragraphs before the headlines but since I promised predictions I should deliver. I’ve had a hard time figuring out what my predictions should be but I think I figured out a way to make sense of this. So without further ado (I’ve never been a fan of too much ado), my predictions for Colorado tech in 2016 in no particular order:

  • Dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016: I am in no way saying that dev schools are just hype. I think they’re great! I’ve seen many people in Colorado succeed because of dev schools and I watch them with envy while I plug away at my CS degree part time (only 2 year to go!). I’m just saying the hype and excitement around dev schools reaches crazy-pants levels next year.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life: There’s a funny thing about personal technology. It’s sold as this great, ground-breaking thing but it is always treated as something “in the future” that seems unreachable. Then one day you look around and that unreachable, ground-breaking technology is everywhere! That day will happen for IoT next year.
  • Cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements: Speaking of unreachable, ground-breaking technology, a lot has to happen for those promises to come to fruition. Next year there will be great improvements in these areas, but unless you’re following them closely you won’t really notice.
  • Colorado tech will see constant growth: Speaking of things we don’t notice (I’m getting pretty good at these transitions), the Colorado tech community will continue to grow at a steady pace. This is awesome but since we tune things out when they’re constant, people won’t really notice. I haven’t decided yet if that’s good or bad yet.

I have typed entirely too much here. Here’s the news. Happy new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s LogRhythm is finalist for two SC Magazine Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Faction doubles down on expansion After $6M round [Xconomy]
  • Englewood-based Cybergy Partners taps Terrence DiVittorio as new president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire being acquired for $870M in cash [DenverPost]
  • Colorado CIOs plan to add, fill tech jobs in 2016 [DBJ]
  • Tim Spark reviews his time at the Westminster-based DaVinci Coders Bootcamp [TimSpark]
  • Get to know Denver’s PaySimple better with an inside look at our culture [PaySimple]
  • Get to know Boulder-based Greystone by the numbers [GreystoneTech]
  • Yelp Security Head Joins Denver’s Gamma 2 Robotics’ Advisory Board [Gamma2Robotics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #132: Zayo does good, FullContact makes a good purchase and I make good predictions!

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Last year I made 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015, let’s see how i did (SPOILER ALERT: I did pretty good):

  1. I predicted that WellTok gets some local competition in health tech and I NAILED IT! Check out the stories below about Catalyst and the interview with Tom Highley in the Confluence Denver article to see how well I nailed this one.
  2. I predicted that Colorado’s information security industry doubles. Anytime you quantify a prediction, there’s a good chance you can’t prove you got it right. The information security industry has definitely grown in Colorado, but I can’t say if it doubled. 2014 saw the first big data breaches. I think 2015 is the year companies try to fix things themselves. I think 2016 will see a lot more of security companies providing more services to other companies. Security companies aren’t that loud so it’s hard to make good predictions about them. I generously give myself half credit.
  3. I predicted that “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize. I was thinking that a startup that got its start in Galvanize would make a big splash so in that regard, I got this wrong. However, Galvanize seemed to focus a lot more on developer education than startups. Developer boot camps are definitely a huge deal but I can’t give myself credit for getting this one right.

Next week look for my 2016 predictions! They will not be as nearly as expansive as FreeWave’s predictions in their article below.

Also speaking of spoilers, I have not seen the new Stars Wars yet. I’m going to see it tomorrow. I am very impressed and thankful for all the people I follow on Twitter who have seen the movie at least once and have not spoiled it for me. You all rock. Merry Christmas and may the force be with you!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s SolidFire receives three ‘Best in Biz Awards’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver cloud infrastructure firm Faction raises $6M [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Zayo wins Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal [Zayo]
  • Meghan Saylor describes the 4 stages of a Flying Trapeze that is career change [QuickLeft]
  • An exclusive inside peek at 3 of Colorado tech’s most successful (and swankiest) offices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies makes bold predictions for IIoT in 2016 [FreeWave Technologies]
  • Denver’s Catalyst Health Tech Innovation adds two new tenants to its campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based contact management software maker FullContact buys Dallas’s nGame [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015 [Confluence Denver]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm appoints tech veteran Daniel Wilbricht to head federal sales [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #114: Mind the Talent Gap

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The Talent Gap is that annoying void between the demand for skilled software developers and the current amount of available skilled software developers. It’s something I’ve heard tech companies talk about since I started this blog over 2 years ago. There have been encouraging efforts by industry groups, companies and tech schools to fill the gap as quickly as they can but filling that gap is still a slow process because the biggest thing that turns new developers into skilled developers is time. It is frustrating for everyone involved. New developers want to have the skills companies need yesterday and companies want more skilled developers 2 months ago!

The best thing companies can do is support these programs, initiatives, schools and the students they teach because they will pay off in the long run. As students, the best thing we can do is keep learning, keep experimenting and show that we want to learn and contribute. Together, with time, effort and focus, we can narrow the Talent Gap.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Seeking software developers, Denver’s AppIt Ventures buys firm in India [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize, IBM partner to back women, minorities in tech careers [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s most well-funded tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boosted by new Agco deal, growing Ft. Collins-based Agribotix moving to larger Boulder space [BizWest]
  • 132 Colorado companies make U.S. ‘fastest growing’ list [BuiltinColorado]
  • BlacKnight Cyber Security partners with Boulder-based Knowledge Factor to mitigate risk of cyber attack through employee training [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update: August 2015 [CTA]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe releases DigitalGlobe Maps API for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Rise awarded $16.9 million by FCC to offer broadband in rural areas [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire to triple size, move headquarters to Boulder’s new PearlWest [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #108: I Need More Ways To Say “Growing”

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This week has all the signs of growth in the Colorado tech community. We have a Colorado connection partnership which I always love seeing, two acquisitions for Colorado companies and the other normal signs of growth. I’m not complaining about the growth, I just wish I had more ways to phrase it. I think I need to start using a thesaurus.

In case you missed it, and you probably did because you were too busy celebrating Independence Day, I wrote my second “What I’ve Learned About the Colorado Tech Community” post on Friday to celebrate 2 years of Colorado Tech Weekly. I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SolidFire CEO Dave Wright Wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award [Yahoo]
  • Innovation Pavilion announces strategic partnership with Arrow Electronics [InnovationPavilion]
  • FBI investigating attack on Colorado’s Level 3 and Zayo data lines [DBJ]
  • Engineer buys Longmont building to house SVVSD robotics club [BizWest]
  • 5 Boulder tech job openings at offices with amazing locations [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 acquires cybersecurity firm Black Lotus [BizWest]
  • Littleton’s Fahrenheit IT acquires ITEC [InnovatioNews]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: FullContact [Tech+]
  • Programmatic expert Brian Kane joins Denver-based Altitude Digital Board of Directors [AltitudeDigital]
  • The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in June [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #84: Boggled by big numbers

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I hope you had a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday. After the reactions to events in Missouri, New York and Ohio in the past 6 months MLK’s words and ideas are as important now as they ever were.

In the interest of brevity and comprehension we often abbreviate numbers when talking about large amounts of money. I wonder if seeing all the zeros associated with these large sums will change our understanding:

  • Level 3 is planning a $500,000,000 debt offering.
  • Latisys just got purchased for $675,000,000.
  • Last quarter saw $342,200,000 venture capital deals in Colorado with $134,056,000 of that money going to tech companies.

That’s a lot of zeros. I’m not sure writing out the numbers helped my comprehension at all.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2014 CEO of the Year finalists include CEOs from 7 Colorado tech companies [CoBizMag]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 plans $500M debt offering [BizWest]
  • Why Boulder’s Zayo is Paying $675M for Latisys [DatacenterKnowledge]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed Martin exemplifies 2 themes in Hickenlooper’s State of the State address [DBJ]
  • Vail cell, wireless service improved [VailDaily]
  • Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas [DBJ]
  • Boulder companies dominate Colorado’s 4th-quarter VC deals [BizWest]
  • Wayin Powers Gov. Hickenlooper’s #StateOfKind Challenge [Wayin]
  • CenturyLink realigns execs, continues pokey roll out of 1 gig Internet in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Denver scores No. 6 ranking on NerdWallet list of ‘Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2015′ [InnovatioNews]

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