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 #263: Recognition from Glassdoor and Colorado Companies To Watch Highlight Colorado Tech Accomplishments

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I started this blog series to keep up on the Colorado tech community because I wanted to stay up to date while looking for my first software job, but I’ve found that what I really enjoy doing is bragging about our community. Congratulations to the companies and people recognized this week and thank you to the organizations that put together these awards.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Greystone volunteers with the American Heart Association [GreystoneTech]
  • Resume & Portfolio advice for game developers and artists [StevenHarmonGames]
  • Glassdoor puts Denver’s Ibotta chief on list of 2018 Top CEOs [DenverPost]
  • Denver fintech company P2Binvestor raises $17 million for bank partnership [DBJ]
  • Gov2Go app allows Coloradans to skip the DMV when renewing vehicle tags [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based Madwire execs score Glassdoor recognition [BizWest]
  • Sphero, Boulder toymaker behind BB-8, just bought local startup Specdrums [DBJ]
  • Montrose-based Proximity is a 2018 Colorado Company to Watch! [Proximity]
  • Durango’s GitPrime named a Colorado Company to Watch Winner [GitPrime]
  • 4 Colorado companies reflect on how their tech has evolved — and where they want to head next [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #255: AR, VR and RL

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When I was looking for my first developer job (it was just last year, but it’s nice to say it was in the past) I was always asked the seemingly helpful question of “What kind of development do you want to do?” and as someone who had never worked in software development I really didn’t know the answer. I am currently working in the credit card payments industry doing C# and .NET development and I’m enjoying it and that never would’ve been my answer (mostly cuz I knew nothing about the credit card payment process).

AR and VR sound like a lot of fun though. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Havenly leases 10,000 square feet in RiNo [BusinessDen]
  • INterview with Tom McAndrew, CEO of Westminster-based Coalfire [InnovatioNews]
  • Velocity Global Awarded Fifth Spot in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [VelocityGlobal]
  • The day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put an extra nail in the coffin [DenverPost]
  • Restaurant software company Upserve opens in Denver with 50 employees [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s National CineMedia brings AR gaming to movie theaters [DBJ]
  • Deloitte Consulting hires 25 for Colorado Springs cybersecurity work [CSGazette]
  • Innosphere gets seed money from Community Foundation to build startup laboratory wet space in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Group raises $2M in equity offering [BizWest]
  • A Denver tech company became more diverse and had its best financial year ever. Here’s why that matters for SendGrid and other companies [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #253: The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Others In Your Niche’

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Reading tech news now that I am working full-time in the Colorado tech community is a different experience. The company I work for is involved in the payments processing space. This week, 2 companies who are involved in the same space are sharing news. The cool thing about other people being involved in your niche is that it validates your motivations. Other people being involved shows that you are in a good place. The down side to others being involved in your niche is the inherent competition. I prefer promoting community over competition, but when there is competition I want it to be healthy and supportive because it’s more fun for me that way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based PaySimple embeds payments, cash management tools for in-field technicians [PYMNTS]
  • Colorado Legislative Tech Caucus delves into blockchain technology [CTA]
  • Tech startup Wurk raises $3.2M in bridge-funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver payment processing startup QRails nabs $1M in fresh capital [BusinessDen]
  • Hansen-Herod net neutrality bill moves forward [COHouseDems]
  • German-based HERE mapping company is now here with new Boulder office [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s SendGrid signs with Pipeline to use AI for workplace gender equity [InnovatioNews]
  • What Does It Take to Transition Into Tech? [SkillDistillery]
  • Large media campus project called off in Parker, developer searches for new site [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #246: Bigger and Better and Databases and Game Developers

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Two themes for you this week. The Colorado tech community keeps getting bigger and better with big companies moving into the state and with local companies growing their presence. Growth is what we do here.

The two things i highlighted this week have to do with database administration and game development. Those are two specialties that I don’t think get enough credit for how hard their work is. Most web development is done with an ORM (Object Relational Mapper) that tries to obfuscate all the database stuff. I just started using Entity Framework Core and it’s theory seems to be “Seriously, don’t worry about the database. I got this. You go do your thing” which is nice but doesn’t always work. Also game development is really hard so give them kudos too.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Google shows off new Boulder campus, funds K-12 computer science program (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Woodward provides info on adding jobs in Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • Global tech company Levels Beyond trades longtime RiNo location for downtown Denver office space [ReachEngine]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe expands agreements with two major commercial tech customers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity takes gold cybersecurity award [InnovatioNews]
  • Pandora sweeps into dedicated Denver office space [BusinessDen]
  • Denver-based boojers participate in the 2017 Furry Scurry [Booj]
  • Scene and Cut. A wrap up of Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days 2018 [DBAKevlar]
  • Rockin’ the ‘burbs: Meet 5 Colorado tech companies that call Castle Rock home [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTOs to know: Meet 4 Colorado tech leaders driving innovation in their industries [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 #239: The Gyms and Meetups are Packed. Welcome teh n00bs!

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It’s the first full week of the year. The gyms are full! At least mine was last week. Locally-owned 212 Degree Fitness is a great gym in Littleton, by the way. And almost all the upcoming tech meetups are filled with people! We have only given up on half of our resolution and optimism still abounds!

If you’re one of the longtime members of a gym or meetup, please go out of your way to welcome the n00bs. Your attitude can affect how much someone commits to their resolution, goal or dream.

Speaking of being a n00b. I just finished my first month at Infinicept so I can tell you how overwhelming it is to be a n00b. We also start working out of the Alchemy co-working space today so if you’re there too, come by and say “Hi!”

Have a great week (BTW: “n00b” is gamer-speak for newbie)!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Arrow buys San Jose/Indian software firm for reported $282M [DBJ]
  • Denver smart-home tech startup Rachio raises a new VC round [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Galvanize hires former top tech executive for city of Denver as its new CEO [DenverPost]
  • Washington insurance technology firm Vertafore moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Vista Equity buys another Denver tech firm, Granicus [DenverPost]
  • IN RESPONSE: Don’t trust the legislature to improve rural internet [ColoradoPolitics]
  • After beating cable lobby, Fort Collins moves ahead with muni broadband [ArsTechnica]
  • CU researchers create next-gen soft robots [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based health care ratings site Healthgrades confirms employee layoffs [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s NextHealth highlighted in 5280’s “Digital Health Boom” [NextHealth]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #208: Are We Putting The Driverless Cart Before the Horse?

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Like everyone else, I think the idea of autonomous vehicles is a fun idea and I am amazed at the advances made every day in the technologies needed to make driverless cars happen. However I think the biggest roadblocks to driverless cars are the roads themselves. The markings, signs and rules are made for human drivers. I wonder what a road system would really look like if they were designed for autonomous cars and not for people.

I feel like I’m just blathering again, but there is a story about driverless cars this week so at least I’m on some kind of point.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Association adds diverse group of eight tech leaders to Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Boulder-based traffic-solutions firm, Intuicom, lands contract for infrastructure in Superior [BizWest]
  • Comcast launches gigabit internet in Colorado at a 50 percent discount from prior gigabit price [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies offering $1 million in technology scholarships [RimTech]
  • It’s official: Colorado passes first law to regulate driverless vehicles [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 CEO to succeed CenturyLink CEO after merger [BizWest]
  • Your new career is here: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Thanks for five amazing years [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vacation rental company, Evolve, raises $11 million; will relocate HQ and hire 100 [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based restaurant-app developer Splick-It raises $1.1 million [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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