Colorado Tech Weekly #131: At Least 3 Reasons to Be a Software Developer in Colorado

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Welcome to The Last Real Week of Work in 2015! It’s the last week in the year without a holiday which means it’s really the last week of the year where your coworkers will have any focus (That is, if you don’t count Friday “OMG Star Wars!!!”). Of course it’s THEM who aren’t focused. You’re still working hard. I’ll put in a good word with your boss for you.

This is one of those weeks that reaffirms my belief in my goal of becoming a software developer here. We have companies here that make awesome things. The pay is high. Companies want to come here. Oh and that’s not including all the other reasons why it’s great to just be living in Colorado.

The upcoming events are getting a little sparse because it’s the end of the year, so if you know of anyNext week I will be reviewing my 2015 predictions for 2016.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SnapLogic, with offices in Boulder, snaps up $37.5M to expand internationally, continue hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • No contest: Boulder-based Congo.io changes name to Lawbooth [BizWest]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor to open offices in Indianapolis and downtown Denver [CTA]
  • Austin, Denver score high in U.S. list of software engineer pay [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado robotics companies building the future of robots [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 out of state companies explain why they moved to Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Charlie Ergen to relinquish president role [DenverPost]
  • New Compute Colorado Task Force aims to prepare students for Colorado tech jobs [YourHub]
  • Seattle-area IT company Apptio opens Denver engineering center [DBJ]
  • Ft. Collin’s based Turbo Tenant marks national launch [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #130: Writing and Programming

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Last month was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month). I was challenged by a friend to participate. She got about 20k words of the 50k word challenge written. I wrote… zero.

I planned and brainstormed. I explored characters and settings. However I didn’t write any of the story because it seemed so… daunting. It’s amazing how similar programming is to writing. To succeed at either one, you need plenty of focus, passion and organization. I hope you find yours for this week. I’m still looking for my focus. I’m pretty sure I put it around here somewhere.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado CTOs you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Every week is Computer Science Education Week for Denver non-profit, Open World Learning [CTA]
  • Lockheed Martin expands offices in Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Kickfurther set to pitch at Consumer Electronics Show in Extreme Tech Challenge [BizWest]
  • Where’s Santa on Christmas Eve? Broomfield-based Level 3 to help Colorado Springs-based NORAD track St. Nick [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok bolsters growth with $45M funding, Silverlink Acquisition [Xconomy]
  • Meet Broomfield-based Conga’s CEO – Matt Schiltz! [Conga]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Fort Collins: Noisapp [Tech+]
  • Denver/Boulder Hour of Code & Computer Science Ed Week events [Tech+]
  • Boomtown’s 4th class includes 6 Boulder startups [Boulderopolis]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #120: TeamSnap, Wayin, Denver Startup Week

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The organizations mentioned in my headline have taken a few of the things I have done and made them successful and awesome. I helped found a figure skating club. TeamSnap would have been an amazing tool for the club and probably still would be. I’ve spent the past 2+ years combing social media for people and organizations related to the Colorado tech community. Wayin could probably find that in 10 minutes. And I spent 2 years struggling to run my own business. Pay attention to the right people at Denver Startup Week and you can learn every lesson I learned plus 10 more within a week. I guarantee you it will also be more fun.

I have an interview for a promotion tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield-based Webroot and Lynx Software form strategic partnership to enhance IoT cyber protection [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpireMedia drops Media, adds Digital to name, invites everyone to a party [Tech+]
  • Game On! Announcing the 2016 Code Wars Hackathon [Windward]
  • 5 jobs openings that are guaranteed to be more exciting than your current job [BuiltinColorado]
  • Finalists announced for BizWest’s 2015 IQ Awards [BlackSquareTechnologies]
  • Denver-based Wayin raises $15.4 Million to offer brands the provable power to persuade and engage consumers [Wayin]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap to add league services, double user base after $10M funding [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week – where to begin? Advice from those in the know [DenverPost]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • What Denver Startup Week events are for me? [QuickLeft]

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It turns out the Hack the Arts Hackfest was last week. Thanks to the QuickLeft Twitter account for noticing.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #113: Let the good news continue!

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Every week I see great news about Colorado’s growing tech community. It’s one of the thing that motivates me to finish my coursework, work on projects and publish these blogs.

It makes me wish I could learn all the things now so I can jump in and do great things. Patience is difficult. I can’t learn and do all the things now and trying to fit that amount of effort in that short amount of time is impossible. So I’ll keep working and keep learning and hope the good news keeps coming.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Golden-based Wowza Media Systems reports strong 2015 first half, rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s T3Media rebrands as Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Q2 net income rises, but number of subscribers falls [DBJ]
  • How high does Denver rank for tech hiring? [DBJ]
  • Google breaks ground on new 330,000-square-foot Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • 5 amazing job opportunities for Colorado software engineers [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver company helped run Hillary Clinton’s email set-up [DBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds former DigitalGlobe CFO Yancey Spruill to executive team [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero launches new SPRK Edition robot designed to inspire future innovators [InnovatioNews]
  • Target testing location-tracking app in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #104: If I already knew how to do it, it wouldn’t be called learning

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This week my Computation Theory homework kicked my ass. I learned there are 2 ways to find the intersection of 2 languages. There’s the hard way and the easy way. Without realizing until the end of the week, I had chosen to use the hard way to do my homework. Sometimes that’s how you learn. I always tell my daughter this when she’s struggling with homework so I might as well tell myself:

“If you already knew how to do it, it would’t be called learning.”

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Trendy tech bootcamps reach out to veterans, with support from VA [DenverPost]
  • Making the most of the midlevel: Tech community goes beyond startups [DenverPost]
  • Englewood-based IHS reappoints Jerre Stead as CEO following resignation of Scott Key [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings Colorado coders and developers need to check out [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Download – APEX Awards nominations are open + Join our Foundation’s internship cohort [CTA]
  • Force is Strong With Boulder-based Orbotix: $45M in Funding from Mercato, Disney [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Layer3’s pay TV service to launch this year, raises $51 million [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue [BizWest]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot sees 40% growth to small, medium biz users [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #102: Winning the Go Code Colorado Challenge, Visiting Denver Comic Con… Oh and Colorado Tech News

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This past week has been amazing!! Thursday night my Go Code Colorado team, MentorMatter, was one of 3 teams that won a $25,000 contract with the State of Colorado. I worked as a developer on the team to create our site using the Meteor JavaScript framework. I had no prior knowledge of Meteor before the challenge so it was amazing to be able to re-familiarize myself with JavaScript, learn Meteor and contribute to the project all in less than a month. Phew!

This weekend my wife and I got to experience our first ever Comic Con at Denver Comic Con thanks to 2 passes I won from the CTA C-Level event (Thanks for that, by the way)! It was overwhelming, amazing, fun, crazy and amazing (yes, I know I said amazing twice). I loved that Denver Comic Con featured local game development companies and maker spaces with their own section. I would list them all, but I’m afraid I would leave some out. It was so inspiring talking to Colorado authors, artists and developers who get to make a living being creative everyday.

I could go on and on about the Go Code Colorado Challenge and Denver Comic Con and I probably will in separate blog posts, but you didn’t open this post to read about that so without further ado…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero launches new Darkside robot toy [InnovatioNews]
  • Hosting a summer intern? Join Colorado Technology Foundation’s cohort! [CTA]
  • 6 awesome tech companies in Colorado you want to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con exhibitor, Boulder-based Serenity Forge overcomes odds to mingle gaming with education (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings at Colorado tech startups that’ll exercise your creative muscles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver man hacked airliners but he can’t say what he’s learned (yet) [DBJ]
  • 5 places anybody can learn to code in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado awards three teams $25,000 contracts with Secretary of State [InnovatioNews]
  • Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, takes the helm at Denver tech startup Wayin [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #98: Photobucket acquires all the things, social pot, Apple Watch and Go Code Colorado

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Since I sort through all my news stories on Sunday so this can go out Monday morning I’m typing this up from the offices of Rally Software in Boulder! Woohoo! I’m working in a software development office writing software! My software has nothing to do with Rally Software, but that’s just the details.

Rally is awesome enough to host the Go Code Colorado Mentor Weekend. It’s an incredible experience for anyone who’s even halfway interested in the idea of starting a tech startup to benefit Colorado. I’m definitely going to have to write a separate blog post about the Go Code Colorado Challenge. I have way more to say about it then you want to read right now. Until then, the news…

Top Colorado Technology News

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Colorado Tech Weekly #93: Too Many Excitements!!

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I have no doubt that grammar snobs read my headline and thought “It’s supposed to be ‘Too much excitement!'” but those grammar snobs would be wrong!

I’m excited about the Denver Post TechKnowBytes blog being rebranded to Tech+ with more and more good content. I’m excited that I won two tickets to Denver Comic Con at CTA’s C-Level @ Mile High. Speaking of C-Level, I’m really excited for the new ColoradoTech.biz directory that was unveiled at C-Level. I’m excited that a Colorado company is responsible for Sling TV which is finally starting to change the way we get TV in a big way. I’m excited to participate in my first hackathon next month at the GoCodeColorado hackathon. And I’m excited to start putting my social capital to use by looking for a developer job in May.

See, it’s not that I have too much excitement for one thing, I just have too many things to be excited about!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Dish’s Sling TV releases app for Xbox One, first gaming console to support live TV [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Rally Software loss widens despite revenue increase [BizWest]
  • New app allows you to find Colorado businesses from your smart phone [DBJ]
  • Tamara Chuang highlights local tech companies: Heck yeah, we’re from Boulder: Sphero [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s telehealth expansion signed into law [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based DigitalGlobe layoffs could affect state job-creation tax credits [DenverPost]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor opening Colorado Springs office, plans to hire 100 [DenverPost]
  • New Colorado Tech directory spotlights Front Range technology industry [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid expands to Silicon Valley, hires new software VP [DBJ]
  • CEO of former Douglas County-based business, SofTec, pleads guilty to defrauding SBA [DBJ]

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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]

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