Colorado Tech Weekly #268: TechStars, Gavlanize and Colorado Tech’s Growing #GiveFirst Influence

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TechStars and Galvanize are two of the organizations that have been instrumental in the definition of our Colorado tech community. TechStars made #GiveFirst one of their core tenets. This is the idea that you help others when you can without any regard for what, if anything, you get in return. It’s one of my favorite things about our community. It’s great to see their influence spreading and I hope they can bring that same sense of community to more people.

Galvanize has helped to foster an open, inclusive community that has helped people of all walks of life get into and grow our tech community. It’s exciting to see Galvanize celebrate their 100th web cohort class!

These are only 2 of the many organizations that has made the Colorado tech community what it is today and it takes all of us to continue that attitude. It makes me happy to be here.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xero partners with Gusto (both companies have offices in Denver) as payroll provider [PYMNTS]
  • Conga HQ consolidation in Broomfield reaps millions in incentives [BizWest]
  • Former Boulder-based Techstars entrepreneur-in-residence David Mandell starts new venture capital firm [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with Growing Colorado Kids [GreystoneTech]
  • Google grant expands public Wi-Fi in downtown Boulder [BizWest]
  • Keck Foundation grants CSU $1M to make and measure spin waves [InnovatioNews]
  • Summer of Tariffs: How tariffs are affecting Niwot-based SparkFun [SparkFun]
  • Ohio-based tech firm Vertiv opening office, hiring in Loveland [BizWest]
  • Denver breaks into top 10 in list of North America’s top tech talent cities [DBJ]
  • Tech roundup: Guild raises $40M Series C, Techstars’ Natty Zola joins Matchstick Ventures, and more [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #261: Actively Creative People Are My Heroes

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This upcoming weekend is Denver Comic Con. It’ll be my 4th time going and I look forward to it every year. I am inspired every year to create more by talking with artists, authors and all the other creative people I find at DCC.

This weekend is marks the 5th anniversary of Colorado Tech Weekly! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing this for 5 years. It is beyond time for me to shake things up with this series and add some extra value Now I’ve found a bit of a groove with my new job maybe I can start making some of those changes soon.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Skyland Analytics names Joe Ruth company’s chief software architect [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based software firm Vendavo acquires Swedish company [DBJ]
  • Behind the CANVAS Cart: How this team embraces creativity to find new applications for its tech in Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Greystone makes the Denver Post Top Workplace list [GreystoneTech]
  • Fort Collins’ TurboTenant raises $2.2 million in equity offering [BizWest]
  • Software firm to the health-care industry, Apollo Enterprise Imaging Corp. expands to Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • SALT Lending nonprofit partners with Regis University to offer blockchain class [DBJ]
  • Louisville sustainable tech company, PrintReleaf, raises more than $400,000 in capital [BizWest]
  • Another banner year for the Secretary of State’s “Go Code Colorado” [SecretaryOfState]
  • Colorado tech raised over $100M in May. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #260: Read All These Stories. Consider All These Events

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There are some weeks where I find a theme in the stories I share. There are other weeks where I just rant about something else before presenting the headlines. This week I’m not sure what to do so read all these stories and consider going to as many of these events as you can because I can’t decide.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado governor signs law requiring more protection of consumer data [DBJ]
  • PAIRIN and Skillful, two Denver-based companies, announce partnership to increase competency-based hiring [PAIRIN]
  • Boulder’s Boomtown seeks applicants for health-tech accelerator [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Choozle is one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Redeam Inc. hires new chief executive as company grows [BizWest]
  • “Data is the new asphalt”: High-tech Colorado road test to be first of its kind in the U.S., may improve traffic and save lives [DenverPost]
  • Innovation Pavilion CEO resigns amid sexual assault allegations, claims relationships consensual [DBJ]
  • Boulder cybersecurity firm LogRhythm acquired as it heads into next growth phase [DenverPost]
  • Enginursday: Boulder Bounces [SparkFun]
  • Breaking barriers: How 4 Colorado companies are taking an active approach to diversity [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #254: Net Neutrality, Art and Tech and Tooting My Own Horn

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This week representatives talk about net neutrality which is vital to the tech industry. There’s also an event about art and tech which are both industries that take creativity and persistence. And I get to toot my own horn and share news about my company, Infinicept. It’s nice to make AND share tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity giant Optiv Security moves to new Denver HQ amid growth [DBJ]
  • Colorado House debates net neutrality versus benefits of competition [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Boulder-based tech firm Jujo raises more than $134,000 [BizWest]
  • Ten years of AVC – and of worrying someone will get hurt – and so far so good (knock on wood) [SparkFun]
  • Zayo CEO Caruso, wife, give $2 million to University of Colorado [DBJ]
  • Feds subpoena Riot Blockchain, Colorado company that saw shares soar and crash after cryptocurrency makeover [DenverPost]
  • HomeAdvisor CEO: How our sensors help summon a plumber fast, if your home has a leak [DBJ]
  • Boulder Startup Week reveals schedule [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Infinicept makes frictionless underwriting available to any payment company [PaymentFacilitator]
  • Smooth operator: 5 Colorado tech companies looking for operations talent [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #241: Blockchains and Headquarters

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The headlines aren’t usually the most interesting story. Yes, Bitcoin’s value is very interesting and the Amazon HQ2 story is fascinating but when I look past the big headlines I see the stories that have more meaning.

This week we have 4 companies that want to move their headquarters, or at least a big part of their operation, to Colorado that aren’t named Amazon. We also have 2 meetups coming up that talk about blockchain which is most well known as the technology behind cryptocurrencies but is way more interesting because it is capable of being so much more!

Infinicept is hiring for a mid-senior level Software Engineer! Come work with me and my team! If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll help you out. 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Los Angeles private equity firm buys Denver tech company Mersive [DBJ]
  • A Look Back: 15 Years of SparkFun and the Maker Movement [SparkFun]
  • Two Colorado tech companies on Fortune’s ‘great place to work’ list [DBJ]
  • California cloud software maker Accelo plans to bring 787 jobs to Denver [DenverPost]
  • 2018 Bringing Changes for the Colorado Maker Hub [ColoradoMakerHub]
  • 2 international firms eye Denver area for American HQ locations [DBJ]
  • Australian software company is making Denver its U.S. base [DBJ]
  • Denver makes Amazon’s HQ2 finalist list — along with 19 other cities [DenverPost]
  • Get paid to go back to school: 3 techies share how their companies support continued growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Built In Colorado’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 [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 #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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