Colorado Tech Weekly #244: Not All Hard Work Gets a Headline

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Last week, as much as I was looking forward to going, I had to skip out on going to the Go Code Colorado Kickoff event. Instead I stayed home and worked on the specifications and UX design for my app that I am creating for my capstone project.

My project will be a Software-as-a-Service web app for comic book stores to manage their subscribers (or “pull lists” as they’re called). I’m excited to make it, but it’s a lot of work especially when the class is only 8 weeks long. Add to the fact that my new job that I love involves me working all day and not just waiting for bad things to happen, I don’t have a lot of time.

My headline for this week is my reminder that just because someone, or some organization, is not active online or posting news releases doesn’t mean they’re not doing cool things. Doing cool things requires a lot of work that no one sees.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com’s API v4 is here [Name.com]
  • Jim Lejeal joins Boulder’s VictorOps as chief financial officer [InnovatioNews]
  • CEO Mike Shehan on progress of the Broomfield-based SpotX / smartclip merger [SpotX]
  • Denver’s FullContact appoints Tim Prunk president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vs. San Francisco: How they compare on tech salaries might surprise you [DBJ]]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage recognized as leader in Colorado tech scene by G2 Crowd [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers back faster rural broadband funding; CenturyLink predicts rate spike [DBJ]
  • Why coders code: 6 Colorado techies share how they got into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado: another year of data-driven competition [ColoradoSOS]
  • Lessons in hypergrowth: How 5 Colorado tech startups overcame the challenges of scaling [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #151: The Nuts and Bolts of Bits and Bytes

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I love learning the ins and outs of how things work. This is why I am pursuing a Computer Science degree as opposed to going to a coding school. I don’t want to just learning how to write good code, I like learning how that code interacts with hardware and networks and all the interactions that happen when I press a button on my keyboard that saves a character in a database on my website. This interest in all the things has gotten in my way as much as it’s propelled me to learn.

Last month I successfully tempered my desire to know all the things and created a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department to keep track of Trespass Notices. This week I start my Computer Organization and Architecture 400-level course at Regis University so I will need to feed of that desire to understand all the things. I’m a little bit intimidated by the course but I’m also really looking forward to it.

This week a few of the headlines dive into how things work which is really cool and is why I love doing these blog posts! The headlines include behind the scenes at Havenly, new ways to produce electron currents from CSU, a look into office culture with music and a peek into the interview process from StatusPage.io.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Accurence moving to new Louisville facility [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be an engineer for Denver’s Havenly [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage goes all out: Integrations to hundreds of online business applications now available [CTA]
  • Ibotta Milestones: Our New Denver Headquarters [Ibotta]
  • CSU research reveals new way to produce electron currents, power devices [InnovatioNews]
  • Fusion partners With Boulder-based Rapt Media to reinvent investigative news [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder’s Stream raises $1.75M seed round [Stream]
  • Colorado tech’s office anthems [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero takes top prize at Edison Awards for Star Wars’ BB-8 droid [DenverPost]
  • How and why StatusPage.io uses coding challenges to interview developers [StatusPage.io]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #96: My Team is a GoCodeColorado Finalist!

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I signed up for GoCodeColorado because I like the spirit of the competition and just to try out my programming skills outside of homework. I figured it would be a good first experience, a good way to see what a hackathon is like. I ended up in a dynamic, diverse team that is one of 2 finalist groups from the Denver GoCodeColorado challenge!

Our idea is called MentorMatter. The site will make it easy for college students to connect with potential industry mentors. If you want to see some of the reasons why this idea is such a success for Colorado, just check out the first 2 top technology headlines.

If I thought I was excited and scared last week, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Thanks for the good luck last week! WE WON!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The simple secret to Colorado’s startup community success [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Giving back to improve education [CTA]
  • Colorado offers money for 903 new jobs — and may land Accuvant HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver startup ProtectWise uses cloud to create safety in numbers [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Tech Download April – C-Level wraps while our Foundation kicks off its summer internship program [CTA]
  • 8 Colorado tech companies you should intern with [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software adds Elizabeth Salomon as CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s data-centers tax break still alive, student-loan repayment tax break dead [DBJ]
  • The 10 highest paying programming languages: Ten more reasons to learn to code [DaVinciCoders]
  • Webolutions named top Denver website design agency for 14th straight year [Webolutions]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #72: Almost all the things happened in Boulder

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In Colorado Tech Weekly 41, I joked about renaming this series Denver Tech Weekly. This week it could be called Boulder Tech Weekly! I’m really curious how Nest’s purchase of Revolv will play out. I finally post about Ello. I’m not sure about it, but I’m not sure why. And Longmont has a municipal broadband service? That’s cool!

Also MAKE SURE YOU GO VOTE!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • FCC clears Broomfield-based Level 3’s purchase of TW Telecom [DBJ]
  • Built In Colorado gives you 9 tips for getting hired at a Colorado tech company straight from recruiters [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Galvanize announces GalvanizeU: Accedited Master’s of Data Science [Galvanize]
  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave releases Klocwork 10.1, the newest version of its static analysis tool for developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Zayo adding 93 route-miles in Boulder area to its 800-mile Front Range fiber network [InnovatioNews]
  • City of Longmont unveils “NextLight”, a municipal internet service [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Ello raises $5.5 million, vows to remain ad-free by becoming Public Charter [TechKnowBytes]
  • Google’s Nest adds Boulder home automation hub maker, Revolv to its technology team [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based cloud security firm Managed Methods raises $1.5 million [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s FreeWave Technologies launches WaveContact family of wireless I/O solutions for M2M [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations

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Ever say or think a word so many times it starts to lose its meaning? I just did that to myself with my headline. “Aggregating” is now just a jumble of too many “g” sounds in my head.

I like when actual reporters bunch together stories under a headline. It means I don’t have to be as picky when I pick my 10 headlines. This way I can have these 10 headlines about 25 Colorado companies.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based maker of Ubooly, the smart toy that tells stories, is bought by Cartwheel Kids [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ecrypt Technologies appoints Urvashi Mehra as new VP of Global Healthcare Solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left Recognized for the Second Year in a Row by Inc 500 [CTA]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 secures $2B loan for TW Telecom acquisition [BizWest]
  • Tech this week: Denver-based Ping and Sprint, Boulder-based Zayo IPO and a new Apple iPad? [TechKnowBytes]
  • Roundup: Partners for Ping Identity, Westminster’s Datalogix; Denver-based Craftsy’s Milestone [Xconomy]
  • Tech Tuesday: Colorado’s hottest high-tech companies include Louisville’s Envysion, Denver’s Lassy Project and Boulder’s LogRhythm [9news]
  • INterview with John Oechsle, president and CEO of Denver-based Swiftpage [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Welltok Raises $25M More, Takes Aim at $2.7T Healthcare Industry [Xconomy]
  • Boulder Techstars Demo Day concludes with new Foundry investment [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #63: A meme, some money and my school

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As memes go, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a good one. There are two challenges going on right now that I know of. One is to support the ALS Association, a non-profit organization to battle ALS (known to most as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The other is to support the Officer Down Memorial Page, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen law enforcement officers and supporting their families. Just a reminder, you can still donate to these organizations without needing to dump any amount of water on your head. It’s no surprise to me that our Colorado tech businesses and leaders are diving into the challenge with enthusiasm.

This week features some news about funding for local companies and makes me wonder if I have a CTW post that does not mention funding. I’m also excited for Regis University’s new College of Computer & Information Science. I really need to talk to my adviser about that.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion [DBJ]
  • Congrats to Denver’s One World Labs for being named a Top Company Finalist in the ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wayin completes #IceBucketChallenge and donates $500 to ALSA.org [Wayin]
  • Denver’s RxREVU raises $1 million to optimize patient prescription drug usage [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TrackVia teams with Zapier to enable users to build Web or mobile apps to connect Web services [InnovatioNews]
  • Sendgrid, Trueffect, Madwire Media, Swiftpage land spots on Inc 500 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based MobileDay raises $6.6M to cut enterprises’ conference call bills [Xconomy]
  • Regis University in Denver to open region’s first dedicated College of Computer & Information Science [CTA]
  • Boulder’s RoundPegg gets $500,000 to find companies engaged, culturally-fit employees [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s 5 best tech companies for new developers [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #62: Warm and fuzzies and a non-tech event

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE seeing when Colorado companies do business with each other. Seeing that Galvanize is using Zayo Group to improve their networks really does give me the warm and fuzzies.

My non-tech event also gives me the warm and fuzzies. This Saturday is the third annual Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive at Pepsi Center. It’s listed under events in bold so you see it. It has absolutely nothing to do with tech, but it’s important to me so it gets included.

Jessica was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. She was an aspiring hockey journalist and a pretty awesome person. I did not know Jessica personally, but the people I know who knew Jessica are pretty awesome people, therefore she was an awesome person. How awesome? Before her death, she had a dream to help the families of the 2012 Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. In the spirit of this request, the collection drive expanded to include equipment from all sports for those in need throughout the metro area served by A Precious Child, a local non-profit organization.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wheat Ridge-based aWhere gets $2.45 million to calculate the rains in Africa [BuiltinColorado]
  • ReturnPath, Remy Corp. and SolidFire outline 10 trends impacting tech hiring this year in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based event app maker Zerista closes $2M to snatch up unclaimed market share [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hot or not? Denver’s eBags “Obsession” feature asks shoppers to rate handbags [TechKnowBytes]
  • uGurus Interview with Boulder-based QuickLeft’s Co-Founder Sam Breed: The Journey from Developer to CTO [QuickLeft]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s multi-Gigabit fiber network to enhance Galvanize’s campus-wide digital ecosystem [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent announces record growth in Q2 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Aspenware looks to drive next phase of growth with new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket gets $3.2 million for international product launches [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage selling CRM software line, narrowing focus [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #58: New services, new partnerships, new data center

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It’s good to see Colorado companies doing business with other Colorado companies as in the first story with Zen Planner and PaySimple. Our tech companies have the option to work with almost any company in the world, but the strength of our Colorado tech community comes from us supporting, and doing business with, each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner and Denver-based PaySimple team up to serve fitness businesses [DBJ]
  • ViaWest opens Compark, its fifth Denver area data center, in Denver Technology Center [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain High Performance Computing Symposium set for Aug. 12-13 on Boulder campus [InnovatioNews]
  • NREL in Golden earns two R&D 100 Awards for innovative research in solar and supercomputers [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes five new board members [CTA]
  • Denver’s Swiftpage seeks small business input during beta testing of Act! Cloud management service [InnovatioNews]
  • Kristine Laping joins Denver-based OpenWorld Learning board of directors [YourHub]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot expands its enterprise class security solutions with BrightCloud service portfolio [InnovatioNews]
  • INterview with Kim Niederman, CEO of Boulder’s FreeWave Technologies [InnovatioNews]
  • How 3 Colorado startups are harnessing the power of data [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO

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With my blog approaching on year of consistency I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some advertising to cover some costs so this week’s headlines are perfect!

Next week will be my 52nd CTW post. That’s one year of weekly posts! I feel a little strange approaching this milestone because half of me wants to make it a big deal, but the other half knows this is still just the beginning. I’m definitely going to have to do a recap post about it though to figure out if I’m still doing what I meant to do.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s FirstBank updates mobile app with FirstGlance, other new features [TechKnowBytes]
  • Governor Hickenlooper names Suma Nallapati as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer [CTA]
  • “Girl Develop It” to launch in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based DISH to become first pay-TV and largest company to accept Bitcoin payment [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Datalogix lands $45 million as IPO rumors rise [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the growth of 3 thriving Colorado adtech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 new Boulder startups to look out for this quarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Opensource and Python development with Ivy Hastings of Fusionbox [BuiltinColorado]
  • New Tech May wrap up [BDNT]
  • KidsTek students in Denver prepare for Swiftie.U [KidsTek]

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Why Every Student Should Go to a Tech Conference

Last week I got to spend the day at the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Conference in Denver. Going as a student is the best way to visit a technology conference. It was full of professionals eager to share their knowledge and their projects and as a student who isn’t hirable yet, there is no pressure to impress! So what to do I do at a place full of people who do the job and work on the projects that I want to work on? I ask questions of course!

If I wanted to work for your company, what should I learn?

This was my favorite question of the day. Being able to ask straight-forward questions was the best thing about going to the conference. Since I didn’t feel the need to impress people with my knowledge I was able to ask any question that came to mind.

I started my day by grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting at a large table. I ended up sitting next to the CEO of Motocol, Patrick Bailey. Motocol is a Greenwood Villlage-based company that creates enterprise-level mobile software. When I asked Patrick my question I hit a nerve, a good nerve. Patrick is a HTML5 and JavaScript advocate and recommended these languages along with jquery and jquery mobile.

The most popular answer was to learn .NET. This was recommended by representatives with Swiftpage, Slalom and Neudesic. Pivotal Labs educated me about Ruby on Rails. It turns out that Ruby is a language and Rails is a framework. It has nothing to do with red trains. The representative at Ajubeo, a cloud services provider recommended become a DBA and if you want to work for Ping, learn Java.

It’s no longer enough to say “I want to be a developer.” It’s too broad of a statement. I need to figure out what kind of developer I want to be: Web? Enterprise? Mobile? All of the above? None of the above? It’s a fun question to consider.

It’s Nice to Feel Wanted

There seemed to be a theme among the seminars regardless of the subject: A demand for quality developers. No matter which session, whether it was the “Big Data and Analytics”, “Cloud Security” or “The State of the State” the subject of there being not enough developers kept coming up. I wanted to yell out “I’m learning as fast as I can!”

My hope is that other Computer Science students read this and start getting more involved in their tech community before they graduate. It’s a great way to let companies know you’re here working to become the candidate they want. It’s also a great way to find out what you want to learn and what you need to learn to get the job you want.

Good luck and see you at the next tech conference!