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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Colorado Tech Weekly #64: Power of two

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64 is a power of two. It’s amazing how powerful the number two is. Do you ever stop to think that everything we do with computers is all just ones and zeros? It blows my mind whenever I think about it.

I got to witness the power of two in a completely different way this weekend. I saw my best friend get married. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a wedding and it was a very moving thing to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Congratulations Dan and Jen!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins-based DH2i offers Microsoft SQL Server high availability, lower costs, data protection peace of mind [InnovatioNews]
  • Team sports app TeamSnap in Boulder makes another acquisition, prepares for a beta launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • COIN Summit wraps with goals of better connecting state’s key industries, beefing up STEM education [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Roundup: TeamSnap buys rival, Corgenix sells for $16M [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado startups that will make your life easier [BuiltinColorado]
  • JobAdder.com relocates U.S. facility to Denver [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based HotSpot Tax Services gets investment from HomeAway, eyes growth [DBJ]
  • David McCurdy hired to be state’s new chief technology officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent brings three new appointments to its executive team to build on record company growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Ecrypt Technologies partners with Cicada Security to market Cicada’s privacy products [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #45: 3D mapping, Gnip, Makers and Startups

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I’m loving that it’s so easy to find 10 interesting stories about the Colorado tech industry, but I miss sharing the national news I read every week. I think it may be time to consider tweaking the design to this newsletter. A huge congratulations by the way to the Gnip team on their acquisition by Twitter! That is some awesome news!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Sanborn Map Company releases SPIN for faster, more accurate indoor mapping and inventorying [InnovatioNews]
  • Twitter acquires Boulder-based social data provider Gnip [TechKnowBytes]
  • Denver Mini Maker Faire spotlights tinkerers, inventors May 3-4 at National Western Complex [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Orbotix launches SPRK, company’s first robotics-based education program for kids, teachers [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder and Denver firms raise $112M from VCs during first quarter [Xconomy]
  • Monthly Startup Report: Big Moves, Launches, Hires, Oh My! [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 companies turning Colorado from an ‘e-commerce desert’ into an e-commerce empire [BuiltinColorado]
  • Will Boulder-based JumpCloud help usher In the ‘DevOps’ era of IT transformation? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Signpost founder & Mayor Hancock celebrate tech growth in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • The CTA Advocacy Update fills you in on legislation that affects Colorado’s tech industry [CTA]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #34: $17.5M of local stories

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It’s important that I remind myself when I see these funding announcements that the people receiving these funds are being rewarded for their years of hard work. The companies being funded may be new, but the trust earned by the executive staff of these companies are based off of their reputations for success. They are also being rewarded for their hard work by promises of more hard work. These amounts aren’t gifts. They are investments. One of the reasons I do these posts is to not only keep up with local tech news, but also to remind myself that hard work does pay off. It just might not happen as soon as we would all like sometimes.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Simple Energy Raises $6M More to Gamify Utilities, Engage Consumers [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based CipherPoint awarded patent for transparent encryption gateway, key management [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpotXchange reports rapid 2013 growth, expects explosive growth in 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • SocialEngine sold to Boulder-based digital marketing firm Room 214 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left and Sprintly Join Forces [QuickLeft]
  • Federated Media makes Lijit a new Boulder online ad biz again [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based sports app maker TeamSnap raises $7.5 million in equity funding [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck starts 2014 with another $4 million in funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Proposed tax break has big potential for Colorado aerospace industry [DBJ]
  • Colorado Launches Go Code Colorado to Make Public Data More Accessible [Colorado SoS]

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