Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #61: Success is a fickle beast

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What is more important: Feeling like you’ve succeeded or feeling like you are working towards success? I’m too humble when I succeed, but knowing I am doing worthwhile things with my time makes me happy so I like working towards success better.

I wonder about this as a look through my headlines every week. I’m sure that getting funding feels like a great success because it means you are doing something worthwhile enough for someone to give you a few million dollars to keep going. Is getting purchased or acquired a success? I guess that depends on where you are in your company. If you’re a lower-level employee I would guess it’s a mixture of excitement, uncertainty, dread and pride. If you’ve experienced this, I’d love to hear from you.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Another win for local ad tech: Denver’s Altitude Digital gets $7 million to reach a headcount of 100 [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA’s APEX Awards nomination deadline is Aug. 15 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta receives $20M Series B funding, will expand brands and retail partnerships [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Rapt Media closes on $3.1M funding round, launches Eloqua marketing system [InnovatioNews]
  • Carlin Sack says this is the year for Colorado’s enterprise cloud companies, thanks to local talent and local capital [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based RCSPros to sell Electronic Health Records company [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s IQNavigator sells part of business, shrinks payroll [DBJ]
  • Denver mobile app shop Double Encore acquired by subsidiary of London’s WPP [TechKnowBytes]
  • CenturyLink makes Denver a ‘Gig city’ with ultra-fast Internet offering [DBJ]
  • STEM teacher initiative between Mines, UNC funded by $300K NSF grant [InnovatioNews]

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