Colorado Tech Weekly #292: Automation is Great When It Works

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This week it feels like 2019 is finally starting to kick into gear. It’s one of those weeks where I am REALLY tempted to share more than 10 things but I am stopped only by tradition and sheer stubbornness. However once I start posting these on the cool, new ColoradoTechWeekly.com I will have the option for users to get daily emails of Colorado Tech from me which will, hopefully, add some value for you.

Speaking of emails, as I get things set up for the new site I learned yesterday that my COTechWeekly@gmail.com email has NOT been being forwarded to my email inbox since… August I think. I noticed some cool tips and news stories that you’ve sent that I am very grateful for and very sorry that I’ve been ignoring.

As I get closer to Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com I am increasingly wondering if I have any idea what I’m doing.

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado Mobile App Developers 2019 [Kumulos]
  • Boulder’s Yonomi recognized as breakthrough IoT development tool [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero donates $110K to classroom project nonprofit [BizWest]
  • Get to Know the Boulder Automox Team: Namaste Reid Director of Software Engineering [Automox]
  • Denver cloud solutions company Hosting.com merging with Chicago competitor [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Healthgrades acquires Birmingham firm to expand footprint [DBJ]
  • 2019 is the year of artificial intelligence for Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Radish Systems announces leadership transition CEO Szczurek leaves to become states information guru [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Sitter reassesses its future after shrinking margins [BizWest]
  • Boulder sports-tech firm TeamSnap inks its largest U.S. partnership with youth soccer program [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #289: Success Sets Up Expectations of Success

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The end of the year always brings about feelings of reflection and hope. When I first started this series I would try to do predictions but I found that I was just creating a game that I was certain to lose then being annoyed that I was losing at the prediction game I invented. Instead I’ll just spend some time reflecting which should probably go into a blog post of its own but oh well.

2018 was my first full year as a software engineer!! I graduated with my Computer Science degree from Regis University!! I attended Denver Startup Week! I helped hire 3 more engineers, doubling our engineering team size!! I had an overwhelming year of successes that I am just now realizing and it is, understandably, overwhelming!!

You would think a year of successes would be easy, but a large part of me fears success because success sets expectations higher. Yeah I’m a software engineer, but can I continue to be a good one? Can I show that my degree is worth something? How do I help my team continue to grow and excel and grow?

Success sets up expectations for success. This is true for personal success as well as for companies, industries, areas, organizations, etc. I’m just gonna take a moment to enjoy my current successes and reflect on lessons learned before planning my future successes. I hope you can do the same.

Since I used Christmas Eve as an excuse to postpone Colorado Tech Weekly, I’m gonna do the same thing for New Years Eve! Have a great week! See ya next year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s TeamSnap appoints new leader to expand its fast-growing payments platform [TeamSnap]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics closes on $11 million equity raise [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Giide raises more than $350,000 for new learning app [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot reports 19th consecutive growth quarter [BizWest]
  • 2019 Cybersecurity & Tech Trend Predictions [zvelo]
  • Colorado is No. 2 on Milken Tech and Science Index [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver was a magnet for some of the world’s most recognizable tech companies in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Boulder software developers, Techtonic Group, look to grow apprenticeship program [BizWest]
  • Lockheed Martin Space could add up to 550 jobs in Jefferson County as part of its missile program [DenverPost]
  • California-based high-tech company Xactly making Denver its center of gravity [DenverPost]

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  • THERE ARE NO TECH EVENTS THIS WEEK!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [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 #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #191: Sometimes Tech is Too Broad of a Topic

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I like when I can find a theme in the headlines I share, but I also like highlighting all the different areas that are covered in the Colorado tech community. If there’s a way to make ones and zeros do a thing, it’s being done here in Colorado. Even better, it’s done in an inclusive, supportive community. It’s just one of the reasons I look forward to being able to contribute to the Colorado tech community full time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA, Sen. Gardner create legislative initiative to aid tech community [BizWest]
  • NCAR launches operations of supercomputer Cheyenne in Wyoming [BizWest]
  • CU Denver launches media/tech center with $5 million gift from Comcast [DBJ]
  • ThoughtWorks announces Denver expansion [CTA]
  • Return Path buys Louisville e-mail data firm to securely smarten up message delivery [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap ends January on a high note with new $25M round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Radio platform Clip Interactive raises $4M in funding [BizWest]
  • Jumpstart your job search: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Optiv has big plans for new Denver headquarters [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado 2017 Kick-Off showcases the tech startup community [ScottPantall]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #146: Which is Better? Planning or Improvising?

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The answer to the headline is “Yes.” I know. It’s a trick question and it’s Monday and you’re trying to figure out what it was you ate yesterday that has you feeling a bit off today (maybe the 5 pounds of chocoloate?) and you’re still trying to readjust after the snow storm interrupted your week last week so it’s not nice to give you a trick question and I’m sorry.

Planning is important regardless of what all the shotgun innovators tell you. If you want to do something well, you have to make a plan. Most of the headlines I share every week are the results of people setting a goal, making a plan and spending years going for it. Today I finished my Software Requirements Specification for my app for my police officers. It feels nice to have a plan.

But what about improvising? The best improvisation comes after the plan. It’s like the rescheduled events listed this week. There was a plan but things got changed, so you improvise and continue on. This is the best kind of improvisation.

Plan. Then improvise. Please.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: Revolar [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap hires former Louisville-based NexGen Storage CFO Benner [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Fruition acquires DS2 Magento Hosting [Fruition]
  • How 4 Colorado tech leaders are working to empower women in tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s SendGrid announces availability in Google Cloud Launcher [InnovatioNews]
  • New dev gigs: 5 software engineering openings in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to launch live event services at NAB 2016 [WazeeDigital]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Brewster to broaden product offerings [InnovatioNews]
  • Fast-growing Houston tech company, Poetic Software, to open Denver office [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ProtectWise guarding against hackers [DBJ]

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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 #119: Boulder, Leaves and Change

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“The only constant is change” said someone who says things that other people repeat. This is CTW #119 and by pure coincidence I drove up Highway 119 yesterday to look at the changing leaves. I also drove through Boulder to come back home after driving through the mountains. It also appears that most of our tech news this week goes through Boulder.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo returns to profit for fourth quarter [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s Star Command Galaxies Steam Early Access released! [WarBalloon]
  • How Stream moved from Amsterdam to Boulder to build an SaaS company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 cuts jobs, won’t say how many [DenverPost]
  • Baltimore firm completes buyout of Boulder software company, Proposal Software [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based cannabis market data firm, BDS Analytics, raises $1.5 million [DBJ]
  • Denver IT company Tectonic raises $2M [DBJ]
  • Sleep through your commute: 5 jobs where you can ride the train to work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder team sports app TeamSnap raises $10 million [Tech+]
  • Zenpayroll, with offices in Denver, adds health, workers comp service, plans to grow as Gusto [DBJ]

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