Colorado Tech Weekly #299: Guild Plans More Jobs, Maxar Cuts Jobs, and Sparkfun Plays With the Newest From Sphero

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It’s another week where we have a little bit of everything. I’ve finally caught up my Colorado Tech Weekly Email Apology Tour after learning that I haven’t been checking the email account for over a year. I’m fairly certain the new site is gonna work. I’ve learned about domain registration things… oh and there’s tech news of every kind! Hardware, satellites, blockchain, social media, healthcare, municipal news, etc. This week we get a little bit of everything including some bad news about Maxar and Colorado Springs.

Only 1 more Colorado Tech Weekly post will be on ScottPantall.com! If you’re in the email list, look for an email about the new site this week. Starting on March 18 (I didn’t do my previous math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver / Boulder startups most connected tech companies [Nudge]
  • Want to work at Twitter? This Colorado school is one of the top feeders for the company [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces the new RVR KickStarter ( and Nederland-based SparkFun gets to hack it) [SparkFun]
  • A city where all the traffic lights are green? The tech is live in Lakewood and coming soon to other Colorado cities [ColoradoSun]
  • Denver-based BridgeSat forms new partnership to build laser-based broadband network across Middle East [DenverPost]
  • After tripling in size last year fast-growing Denver tech startup Guild Education plans to hire 240 more employees [DBJ]
  • Governor aims to make Colorado ‘national hub for blockchain innovation’ [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based SCL Health and Zocdoc partner on real-time appointment booking [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based Maxar Technologies slashing 200-plus jobs after recent satellite failure [DenverPost]
  • Study: Springs is the worst for women in tech [CSBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #202: Two JS conference recaps, two great WWC events and our tech scene is growing up

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In previous CTW posts I have “complained” that I need new ways of saying that the Colorado tech community is growing. This week our stories point out how we aren’t just growing but we are growing up.  I especially like the Denver Post article by Tamara Chuang on this subject.

I’m going to keep doing my Tuesday coding Twitch stream. I’m starting to get halfway comfortable with it. I’m planning on focusing on writing code challenges in Java until something else piques my interest.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Leadership shakeup: 6 Colorado startups with new leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based section.io adds Chief Revenue Officer Matt Haentzschel, expands US sales team [Yahoo]
  • 5 Colorado adtech companies searching for talented people like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Twitter’s Gnip chief Chris Moody is joining Boulder’s Foundry Group [VentureBeat]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity appoints Andrew Lewman as Vice President [OWLCybersecurity]
  • Denver-based dating app, MeetMindful, attracts like-minded investors, raises $1.8 million [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins’ Trail Ridge Technologies expands production of QuckVu Digital automotive backup camera (PDF) [TrailRidgeTechnologies]
  • The state of Colorado cannatech: Fundings, new launches and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Rachio becomes first smart home company to earn ‘B Corp’ sustainability rating [InnovatioNews]
  • Startups no more? Jobs, funding on the rise for Denver’s maturing tech scene [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #187: Cybersecurity, 3D Printing at CES and 2 Cool Colorado Stories

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I will follow ANY blog and ANY Twitter account that has to do with the Colorado technology community, so if your 2017 resolution is to write a tech blog, send me the link. I’ll subscribe. This way I can get more cool first-hand stories like the 2 bottom stories featured this week.

One is by Jud Valeski on how the Gnip/Twitter deal happened. The last story featured is by Noel Warden, a local online coding boot camp student who shared some of his strategies that landed him his first software developer job. Congrats Noel!

This week also features 2 Colorado companies that showed leadership in the 3D printing industry at CES and 2 other articles highlighting the growing cybersecurity industry in Colorado.

Send me your links! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share their New Year’s resolutions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cybersecurity training program expands to Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • S4 Inc. will add 100 workers in Colorado Springs [BizWest]
  • Loveland’s Aleph Objects announces new software at CES 2017 [InnovatioNews]
  • New year, new you: 7 Colorado companies hiring like crazy in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Security Weekly Talks to Brian Beyer, Denver-based Red Canary CEO [RedCanary]
  • MacGyver Moment #1: Data sharing for the rest of us [ColoradoOIT]
  • Colorado Springs’s Titan Robotics unveils the Cronus at CES 2017 [Titan3DRobotics]
  • How did Boulder-based Gnip get the Twitter deal? [JudValeski]
  • Becoming a Full Stack Developer with Bloc.io [NoelWorden]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #174: An Ironic Miscalculation About Time

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I am trying to get this post published just before it’s scheduled to be emailed to those of you who get this post in email. I hope that happens.

My grand plan has been to go to school, do my own projects, go to meetups and continue to work full time to get my first software developer job. It’s a long term plan that I implemented before I published Colorado Tech Weekly #1. I made a miscalculation though, in order to find and take advantage of new opportunities I need time. I have not given myself any time to be open to new opportunities while searching high and low for new opportunities.

A little bit ironic, don’t ya think? (Great, now the song is stuck in my head)

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech brought in more than $35M in September: Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Charter Communications signs huge lease in Greenwood Village, plans 800 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Turing School of Software & Design now accepts GI Bill benefits [TuringSchool]
  • Fort Collins, Digital Workshop Center teaming up on scholarships to close tech-skills gap [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Convercent releases Convercent 4.0, most important product to date [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds Money as chief people officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Pathway to STEM degrees made smoother for community college students [CUBoulderToday]
  • Brilliant, but bored? 5 Colorado tech companies looking for talent like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • With a $33.7M Series E, Denver-based Welltok plans to continue optimizing consumer health [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside Twitter’s New Downtown Boulder Digs [5280Magazine]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #141: The slow, steady hum of progress

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At work we have this air conditioning unit that makes a low buzzing noise. The only time we really notice it is when it turns off or starts up otherwise it’s just a constant source of background noise we get used to.

The Colorado technology community is starting to feel that way to me and in the best way possible. I look ta these headlines this week and I see constant progress. Constant hiring, constant releases, constant adjustments. Just because the general growth in Colorado tech appears constant and fades into the background, just like the air conditioner, we shouldn’t take it for granted.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fast Company names Boulder-based Agribotix to Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in drones for 2016 [Agribotix]
  • Denver’s AppThis launches two new products for app discovery and user acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Amadeus Consulting launches free software development planning tool [InnovatioNews]
  • Texas technology company, Apto, makes Denver home [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Dizzion Releases zLink Virtual Desktop Device [Dizzion]
  • Twitter plans expansion in Boulder, doubling office space and staff [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire parent NetApp plans to slash 1,500 jobs in $400M cost-cutting move [DBJ]
  • Techstars 2016 Boulder class has dating, genealogy and Bitcoin startups [Tech+]
  • Making the difference in Zen Planner’s culture in Highlands Ranch with OHANA [ZenPlanner]
  • Another RMOUG Training Days success! [DBAKevlar]

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What I’ve learned about the Colorado tech community after Year 2 of CTW

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2 years ago, on June 16, I posted my first Colorado Tech Weekly. A year ago I reflected on what I learned so I figured since I’m still going and the last reflection was fun I’d do it again.

5 things I’ve learned in no particular order

  • You need style AND substance to succeed – Colorado is a tech startup hub and opportunities for growth and new businesses are everywhere. To succeed, you need style. You need marketing, PR and a supportive and fervent community of fans. However this is not enough. The successful companies are the ones that also have solid products and services. Without both, your startup will not succeed here.
  • A good idea does not guarantee success – This follows up on my first point. Last year I lamented how Twitter may not have been the best way to keep track of Colorado technology companies since I can only follow 2,001. I found a way to cull my following list to accounts that are only active and while doing that I have found plenty of Twitter accounts for tech companies that no longer exist. They were good ideas, but they just didn’t work out.
  • There’s a huge difference between writing code and making apps – Taking the college education route I’ve learned a lot about programming theory, data structures and how to write code. Making an app, whether that means a web app, mobile app or any other software, is a whole other animal. It requires more than just writing code.
  • Colorado Tech journalism is getting better – When I first started Colorado Tech Weekly I posted 5 national news stories and 5 Colorado news stories because I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find enough Colorado news stories. Now every week I sort through 70-100 articles to get it down to the 10 articles I post. It can be very overwhelming, and that is awesome.
  • Building is fun. Maintaining is harder. – Startups are fun because they’re new and exciting! It’s hard work, but you get to experiment with new ways of doing things and try new ideas. It’s when you get something set up that the maintenance starts. Whether it’s starting a company, owning a home or writing a weekly newsletter, it’s the maintenance that makes the difference.

Numbers:

  • My site receives around 1,000 visits per month. About 125 of those come from Colorado.
  • 2,435 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list with 34 people subscribed to it. That’s almost 1,000 more on the list than last year.
  • I am subscribed to 221 Colorado tech news sources including news sites and company websites as well as blogs written by local developers and organizations.

Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts in the past year:

  1. Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations
  2. Colorado Tech Weekly #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News
  3. Colorado Tech Weekly #63: A meme, some money and my school
  4. Colorado Tech Weekly #99: Is Colorado the best place for women in tech?
  5. Colorado Tech Weekly #94: All About Denver, Security and Maybe Even Google Fiber?

Top 5 most mentioned companies:

  1. Zayo Group
  2. LogRhythm
  3. QuickLeft
  4. Level 3
  5. Wayin

Where do I go from here?

  • I said it last year and I’ll say it again now, I will be better at posting project updates and general blog posts. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.
  • Let’s revamp the site! As much as I enjoy back-end web development I need to know some front-end web development to show off my projects. Like I said when I tried to teach myself UX, if I want people to use the apps I make, I need to make them easy to use. So why not practice where it counts?
  • Site Maintenance: I need to kick the tires, check the oil and replace the gaskets on this site. I need to make sure my content matches who I am and that it’s easy to read.

Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them. Let’s do this again in a year!

My Latest Projects: Follow Sweeper and Fixing Police Paperwork with VB

Well my winter break from school work is coming to a close. Monday I start my “Advanced Algorithms” and “Ethics in IT” courses through Regis University’s College of Computer Science and Information Sciences online program. My goal has always been to work on projects when I have a break from school work and I’m excited to see that I’ve actually been doing it! Here’s what I’ve been working on…

Follow Sweeper

twitter-logo-round-edgesAs most people reading this probably know, I’m a big fan of Twitter. Unfortunately, Twitter has a crazy rule that unless your follower:following ratio is over some super secret ratio then you can’t follow more than 2000 people. With my interest in Colorado Tech, I am constantly at that limit, which means I end up unable to follow new people. I knew that there were some Twitter accounts that I was following that were inactive, but there is no easy way to find which accounts were inactive, so Follow Sweeper was created.

It’s written in Ruby and gives me a way to play with Ruby and the Twitter API without worrying too much abou Rails or any other framework although Rails is likely in Follow Sweeper’s future. I have a project page for Follow Sweeper but the best way to follow its progress is on the Follow Sweeper GitHub page.

Streamlining Police Officer Paperwork with Word and Visual Basic

cops1I work as a police dispatcher for a small department in the Denver, Colorado metro area. When I heard that officers were annoyed with some of the duplication they encountered when doing paperwork I started looking into their process to see if there was a way I could help. Officers are required to submit a “Statement in Support of Warrantless Arrest” (Warrantless Arrest) and a “Determination of Probable Cause” (PC) to the courts when arresting someone on new charges. Much of the same information on the Warrantless Arrest such as the subject’s name, the subject’s date of birth, date and time of arrest and crimes charged, etc. are also required on the PC. I wanted to find a way to allow officers to only enter that information once.

The only thing that bothers me about this project is that I couldn’t come up with a short, catchy name for it and an acronym is completely out of the question (SPOPWVB is very un-catchy). I stumbled into a solution using Visual Basic in Microsoft Word. You can check out the project on the Streamlining Police Officer Paperwork with Word and Visual Basic project page.

You can see all my projects on my aptly named Projects page. Any feedback, assistance and advice  on any of my projects is always appreciated!

Colorado Tech Weekly #87: Why Colorado Tech Weekly Exists and Everybody Wants to Be Here

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Last week I was featured in the below article from BuiltinColorado as someone you should follow in Twitter. It feels great to get noticed. It also makes me wonder if I am portraying the person I want to be online.

I started Colorado Tech Weekly because I wanted to stay informed about the Colorado technology industry. I want to stay informed so that when I am ready to apply for software development jobs, I know where I want to apply. I realized that I’m not the only person that can benefit from this information, so I started Colorado Tech Weekly 87 weeks ago to share this information. I’m glad I get to continue this newsletter and I’m thrilled whenever I find out that people get value from these posts.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 50 Colorado tech CEOs, founders, designers & hackers you should follow on Twitter (Including me!) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Some of the best places to learn programming in Colorado [CTA]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Tendril grabs $7.2M, Peak changes its name, Mergelane announces its first class and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins innovates to bring technical skills to those entering digital world [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 has 1st full-year profit in 16 years; Q4 earnings beat analysts’ view [DBJ]
  • Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to give a full scholarship to a woman in tech [Galvanize]
  • The perks of interning at a startup [Windward]
  • Fort Collins and Boulder earn No. 8 and No. 9 spots on Top 10 cities to find a job in America [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver a top 10 destination for people relocating [DBJ]
  • C-Level @ A Mile High connects solution providers with tech executives in a one-of-a-kind market [CTA]

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Playing with the Twitter API for the first time

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With Christmas break in between my classes at Regis, I decided to do a little more playing on my own. I’ve decided to poke at the Twitter REST API since I use Twitter a ton and have some issues with how it works. Creating my own app that references the Twitter API can solve my problems If I can figure out how to use it.

My Twitter issues have to do with the “Twitter ceiling”, a magical ratio that gets to decide how many people we get to follow. I’ve had my Twitter account since 2008, so I’ve followed a ton of people for various reasons. Lately I have been using Twitter to follow people involved in the Colorado tech community and there’s a LOT of people involved in the Colorado tech community. Since I’m at the ceiling of following 2001 accounts I need a way to manage the accounts that I’m following. I’ve started using lists for different types of accounts. I have an Avalanche list for Avalanche fans, a News list for local breaking news reporters and a Colorado Tech list to keep up with the people I want to follow on Twitter when I can’t just follow them. It’s a messy way to organize since Twitter doesn’t seem to place a lot of importance on lists. So here are my 2 solutions to my problem:

  • Stop following dormant accounts – I bet there’s an account I followed 3 years ago who hasn’t said anything in 2 years but the account hasn’t closed. There’s no point in following someone who doesn’t say anything. I will make an app to show me the dormant accounts that I’m following.
  • Better manage my lists – I like using lists in Twitter. Sometimes it’s the only thing that tells me why I’m following an account. If I’m following an account and I don’t have that account in a list it either means I’m not interested in that account anymore or it hasn’t said anything. By finding out which accounts are in which lists I can better manage them. I will make an app to show me which accounts are in which lists and whether or not I am following those accounts.

The entire reason I started learning Ruby was because of the Twitter API tutorial on Codecademy which is a pretty damn awesome tutorial. It tells you all about RESTful APIs, http requests and responses before even touching Twitter. These are some super important things to know when using APIs. I’ll be writing a post about those things shortly just for reference.

Anyway I went back to that tutorial, copied some of the code from one of the examples and started squishing code around to find out which accounts I’m following have gone dormant. Version 1 will just be a Ruby command-line app that shows the username and date of last tweet for accounts that haven’t tweeted in over a month. I’m better at making things work than making things easy to use. Here’s where I’m at so far…

  • Rate limits are unforgiving. I made a loop that made requests of the Twitter API on each iteration, but forgot to exit the loop. I had to wait 15 minutes to try again.
  • Authentication is confusing. Tokens baffle me. I need to get more comfortable with this.
  • I’ve hit a wall (which is why I’m blogging right now and not coding).  I’m using the GET friends/list functionality of the API. It tells me it returns “pages” of results that can have up to 200 users per page. I’ve learned how to use cursors to retrieve the next “page” but for some reason no matter how many users I request per “page” I only get 45 total users before Ruby gets mad at me for attempting to call a method on a nil object which confuses me.
    • I wonder if my weird 45 user limit has to do with my misunderstanding of OAuth.
    • Maybe I should try using the GET friends/ids part of the API, but I’m not sold on this idea. I’d rather get the whole friend object instead of just ids.

Now that I’ve typed through my wall, I’m gonna go back to squishing code. If you know what I’m doing wrong, please let me know.

Taking Stock of My Progress

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One of my ideas behind my website was to chronicle some of my experiences of becoming a developer. My Colorado Tech Weekly posts were just supposed to get people to come to my site to see all the cool things I was doing. Instead, my CTW posts have become my main content. It’s time to fix that.

My plan on how to become a developer is… well it’s a plan. It’s a long term plan and I’ve realized it’s easy to want to change up the plan because often planning is more fun than implementing. Long term plans are especially difficult because it’s easy to scrap the whole idea whenever I feel discouraged even though the plan may be working. Then again it may not be working… I won’t really know unless I reach my goal… or not.

Here is my plan to become a software developer:

  1. Go to school part time to get a Computer Science degree.
  2. While going to school, use my off time to create awesome, cool projects to show that I’m not just doing school work, I’m actually learning. Yes, there is a difference.
  3. Learn about the Colorado tech industry so I know where I want to work once I feel I’m qualified.
  4. Network with people already involved in the Colorado tech industry so that I can learn about what I need to learn and to create relationships that will allow me to find a job easier once I’m qualified.

It’s been about a year and a half since I started my plan. My goal is to have a software development job by the end of 2015. It’s almost the beginning of 2015, so how is my plan going?

  1. The Computer Science degree: This is going great, but extremely slow. I’m participating in Regis University’s completely online Computer Science program. I have a 3.7 GPA so far which should only increase as I dive into my higher level courses. The only downside is that I just checked my degree progress and if I continue to take 2 classes every semester it will be another 3 years from now until I actually get my degree. I do not want to wait 3 years to become a developer.
  2. Awesome, Cool Projects: I started off strong by diving into the subject of UX design. I had this amazing idea of teaching myself UX principals, then learning how to apply these principals by learning front end web-development languages like HTML5, CSS, PHP and whatever else to modify my website that’s currently built in WordPress to show what a great learner/developer I am. I soon realized this was WAY too big of an idea and I needed to scale it back. My perceived failure of this goal has kept me from really sharing my experiences because I have felt that my projects were not awesome and cool enough to share. I’ve realized my goal was unrealistic, but it still hurt my feelings. I did teach myself some Ruby on Rails but haven’t been able to translate it into an awesome, cool project. I think I may need to rethink the awesome, coolness of my projects. I’m still new at this.
  3. Learning About the Colorado Tech Industry Community: This is one part of my plan that I feel has gone better than planned. And it’s not just an industry, Colorado has a tech community. It’s been very encouraging learning about the companies, people and organizations that make up our community. My Colorado Tech Weekly posts over the past 75 weeks have me dialed in to the community and I’m comfortable talking to anyone about the current tech news in Colorado.
  4. Networking with all the people: I have been great at networking with people on Twitter. My Colorado Tech Twitter list has 1,849 members and I have no hesitation interacting with anyone on that list… on Twitter. One thing I’ve learned lately is that online networking is no replacement for in-person networking. The few times I’ve met with Colorado tech people have been great and I need to do it more. I just need to be careful to not let networking get in the way of learning. Also I’ve learned I’m pretty darn introverted so the idea of getting out and meeting all the people has me pretty nervous.

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So the question is: Will I be able to reach my goal of having a software development job by the end of next year? I’ll say it’s a confident maybe. I just have to do a few things differently:

  • I will finish my degree, but I won’t finish it by the end of next year. I need to find some awesome, cool projects to contribute to. Unless I can successfully scale down my project expectations, I’ll only disappoint myself. I will do better if I can find ways to contribute to others’ projects.
  • Find a mentor (or mentors) and actually trust them. I am an independent, skeptical person. It’s hard for me to trust.
  • In order for me to find projects, mentors and partners, I need to leave the comfort of my routine and talk to people… in person. I will need to advertise my enthusiasm and ignorance in person to innovate my education for enjoyable employment.
  • I also may have to do something about my alliteration affliction.

Wish me luck!

This post should be the first of a somewhat weekly series of me blogging about things the way bloggers blog about bloggity-blog things. I like the idea of putting out a candid view of who I am and who I want to be, but it’s kinda scary to do that so encourage me please.