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 #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 #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #190: Go Code Colorado, C-Level at Mile High and Why It’s Good to #GiveFirst

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Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Kick-Off event. I’ll be there! Say “Hi” if you can.

The Go Code Colorado event in 2015 was my first-ever “hackathon” and I got to be a part of a winning team of amazing people who I still love talking with when I get a chance. I put hackathon in quotes because the Go Code Colorado challenge is much more of an entrepreneurial challenge with code than it is a straight up hackathon. It’s still a great challenge that I love being a part of in anyway I can.

Speaking of events I enjoy being a part of, it’s that time of the year that I start promoting CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. It’s CTA’s yearly silent auction where you can bid for fun items and event packages, but the big draw is the silent auction for time with some of the top C-Level executives in the Colorado technology community.

I enjoy promoting Go Code Colorado and C-Level because when I first started looking into the Colorado tech community in 2013 these were some of the first organizations to be welcoming and inviting to someone who had no idea what he was doing.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA announces speakers for C-Level @ A Mile High [InnovatioNews]
  • A new employee’s view of Niwot’s SparkFun: Start Something [SparkFun]
  • UAS Colorado Joins Wohnrade Civil Engineers for Great Sand Dunes National Park Mapping Project [UASColorado]
  • 2016 Colorado Startup Report: $780M in funding and $35B in exits [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet our January 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Lockheed Martin shows off autonomous vehicle tech it’s developing in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck by The Numbers [GutCheck]
  • Denver’s Faction closes $11M Series B, plans to expand global footprint [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Room 214 Culture: Doing Our Best [Room214]
  • Technology back in driver’s seat in metro Denver [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #149 (Now with 30% MORE FUN): Fun Robots and Last CTW with a Podcast

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As I’m typing this I’m watching an episode of Sword Art Online after spending a good part of the weekend making a game for the Ludum Dare Jam. I want to work as a developer because I think writing code is fun! I also do these blog posts because I enjoy learning, and sharing, about the Colorado tech community. So, let’s have some fun with it!

So, fun things:

  • The Ludum Dare Jam ends at 7pm tonight. I should have my game “Zorg’s Crash Landing” posted somewhere on the interwebz by then. A big thanks to my daughter, Ashlynn, who gave me the inspiration for the game.
  • I will be meeting soon with my current boss to implement my Trespass Notice System app. It’s my first Ruby on Rails app and it’s all done except the password recovery portion of it.
  • In my pursuit of my dream job, I recently bought a Sphero SPRK and have started a big long post reviewing most of the Sphero-related apps in the Google Play store. Look for that to be posted fairly soon.

Things that haven’t been fun:

  • The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast turned out to be less fun and more work than I thought it would be. Being a part of a podcast still sounds like a blast, so if you want to talk Colorado tech I am all for it but the CTW Podcast in its current form will not be continuing after today.
  • Cable TV: I don’t remember the last time we changed the channel on our cable box. Now that we added Amazon Prime along with our current Netflix subscription and live sports have become less of a priority in our house, it’s time to ditch the cable box.

Podcast Version: Click here to listen to the last, longest (and probably the best) episode of the Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast

Top Colorado Technology News

  • AVC and Niwot-based SparkFun – fueling DIY fun! [DenverMakerFaire]
  • University of Denver program looks to bridge cybersecurity skills gap [Xconomy]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s AUTOPAY [BuiltinColorado]
  • Facing slower and lower funding, Colorado tech adapts to a new environment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Visibl raises $1.5M, rebrands to Brandzooka [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Surrey Satellite and Boston’s BridgeSat partner to develop free space optical communications system [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Colorado springs focused on being cybersecurity industry hub [DenverPost]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor Releases Alexa Skill on Amazon Echo [HomeAdvisor]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics sponsors Regional FIRST Robotics Competition [ArrowElectronics]

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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]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #116: Mobile Phones, Mobile People and IoT

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I’m starting the second week of my Assembly course this week and this coming weekend I’m lucky enough to participate in the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. I’ve noticed I seem to be more comfortable with lower-level languages so I’m pretty darn excited for this upcoming week.

The creative potential of IoT is amazing and I’m curious to see how I feel about it after the hackathon. Regardless of how I feel after this weekend, I definitely need to visit SparkFun’s Home of Tomorrow sometime soon. That looks really cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xerox to add 300 customer-care jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • T-Mobile upgrades Colorado network to improve rural and indoor quality [Tech+]
  • PlanetiQ to hire ‘one or two dozen’ at new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies launches new IoT blog [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver travel app drops Native name, switches to friendlier ‘Pana’ [Tech+]
  • CenturyLink lays off 150 workers in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs [DenverPost]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun starts on building the Home of Tomorrow [SparkFun]
  • Tech Roundup: Stream.io raises $1.75M, Pana grabs $1.35M, WeWork leases another space & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Verizon tops two reports on mobile service quality in Colorado [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #115: Yack, yack yack. Get a job!

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I just finished a course on Java programming and I now have 23 credits left until I graduate with my Computer Science degree from Regis University. Since I’m going to school part-time, I’m still about a year away from my degree and, frankly, it’s driving me nuts.

This week’s stories highlight 7 growing tech companies that are hiring, 5 entry-level job opportunities and one hiring fair. Half of me wants to just jump in and start applying for these jobs, half of me thinks I’ll never feel ready to apply for a development job, half of me wonders how to successfully balance imposter syndrome with pride in my skills and half of me wonders how there is suddenly two of me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech Roundup: Sovrn Holdings raises $18M, Kindara $5.3M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Seagate to acquire Longmont-based Dot Hill for $645M [BizWest]
  • Here’s what we know about the massive new digital health facility announced for RiNo in Denver [BulitinColorado]
  • Digital media firm Kenzan opens downtown Denver office [Tech+]
  • 7 booming Colorado tech companies that want to hire you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital takes home 2015 ColoradoBiz Top Company Award [AltitudeDigital]
  • Fort Collins-based Greystone rebrands to better reflect variety of tech services [BizWest]
  • Just starting out? 5 entry-level job opportunities at Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • SparkFun teams with No Starch Press on DIY geek-book series [Tech+]
  • Wulchin stepping down as president of Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #106: Is there an area of tech that Colorado does not do well?

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The short answer is “No.” Every once in a while the headlines I compile point out how many different ways Colorado is involved in technology. In this week’s headlines alone we have wireless tech, social media, hardware, startups and 3-D printing. It’s a little mind blowing to think of all the things that are included in tech in Colorado. Then when I try to think of all the money and all the different kinds of people involved my brain shorts out and I have to stare at the wall for a few minutes to let it reboot.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wireless data use fuels big growth for Golden’s Centerline Solutions [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Wayin partners with Klout to provide greater marketing context and relevancy in social conversations [Wayin]
  • Niwot’s SparkFun to open 1st offline store, host 7th driver-less vehicle race [Tech+]
  • Here’s what the 10 companies in Techstars’ Boulder 2015 class actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 of Colorado’s top companies to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU to revamp engineering, computer-science curriculum [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing 3-D printer maker, Loveland’s Aleph Objects, counts kids, NASA as customers [DenverPost]
  • Houston firm pays MAVDevelopment $53.2M for Rally Software HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Techstars and UP Global (aka Startup Weekend) UNITE! [NearlyNicole]
  • Women tech leaders ask tech companies: Show us your diversity numbers [DenverPost]

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