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 #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 #92: TechHire, C-Level and great news for dev students

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Great news this week for people like me! Great news for people who want to become software developers in Colorado. I’m excited for the start of the new TechHire program here as well as Galvanize working towards accountability in immersive education options. The one thing that makes me nervous about dev boot camps is the lack of oversight. This is a great step in the right direction.

I’ll be volunteering at Sports Authority Field this Thursday for CTA’s C-Level @ Mile High event. I hope to see some of you there!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Photo and video sharing service Photobucket raises $3.6M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize forms trade association with other industry leaders to establish accountability & standards for immersive education [Galvanize]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2015 celebrities for C-Level @ A Mile High [CTA]
  • Douglas County-based CH2M Hill named among world’s most ethical [DBJ]
  • 3 really physically active Colorado startups: All work and a lot of play at QuickLeft, SendGrid and ReadyTalk [BuiltinColorado]
  • Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, a Denver-based Internet of Things startup [VentureBeat]
  • Colorado employers could get tax breaks for repaying workers’ student loans [DBJ]
  • Colorado’s a pilot region for Obama administration’s TechHire job-training push [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado receives nationwide recognition as a bright idea [BuiltinColorado]
  • Webroot and 443 Networks announce OEM partnership to improve cybersecurity protection [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #89: 50 Startups, 70 Awards and One Refocus

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Sharing technology news from Colorado is a lot like going to the grocery store when I’m hungry. I started these posts with a fairly concise goal, but now I just want to share all the stories! That reminds me, I have a few great ideas for Colorado Tech Weekly, but that list is for another blog post.

Congratulations to the Denver Business Journal for their 69 awards for excellence. The DBJ technology news feed is one of my favorite news sources! And big kudos to Simple Energy for being awarded the DBJ’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Simple Energy wins Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award [SimpleEnergy]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces new board leadership for 2015 [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Gorilla Logic builds top-rated, Saturday Night Live App for NBC [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech roundup: WorldRemit expanding in Denver, new COO for sovrn and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder approves LogRhythm for up to $75,000 in incentives [BizWest]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown and Comcast Labs to build Internet of Things lab [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Business Journal named Colorado’s best large weekly newspaper; staff wins 69 awards [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 introduces new tool to combat increasing enterprise cyber attacks [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Social platform Wayin adds a search engine to better sift those valuable posts [VentureBeat]

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Dev News Weekly #3: All the big names doing all the big things

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Satya Nadella laid out his vision for Microsoft this week. I like “productivity and platform” over “software and services”. “Software and services” sounds like “stuff and junk” just without the cool alliteration. Apple showed transparency with Swift. Amazon showed off some new AWS services and Google released a cross-platform SDK! I feel like I’m cheating at SEO but this all really did happen this week.

Developer News

  • Apple opens up with a new blog about Swift, its new programming language [TechCrunch]
  • App developers gain resource hub, search engine to build the future [MediaPost]
  • Microsoft is a ‘productivity and platform company’ now, Nadella says [VentureBeat]
  • Software developers rank ALM tools as best to use [eWeek]
  • Game of Code: Checkio gamifies and crowdsources the task of programming [VentureBeat]
  • Apigee initiates global API challenge [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities [ACM]
  • Amazon courts mobile devs with a new suite of AWS services [VentureBeat]
  • Google Updates Android’s Play Games and Cross-Platform SDKs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • New Raspberry Pi “B+” uses less power, has more USB ports [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

My last 2 picks have been podcasts so I felt the need to change it up. This week my pick is codecademy.com. For too long I said “I want to be a developer” without having an answer to the question “What kind of developer?” Codecademy allowed me to try out a language without too much overhead, actually without any overhead! It’s all on their site. If you want to check out a new web programming language, give them a visit!

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Dev News Weekly #2: Where typos break code and Microsoft does evreything

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Did you notice my typo in my headline? I bet you did. It was on purpose, I promise. This week, Google told us that the top reason code doesn’t compile is typos. Telling programmers that typos cause the most errors is like telling us that water is wet or the sun is bright. But I guess with having it proven, it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Speaking of proving things, how do you prove that water is wet anyway?

Developer News

  • Amazon launches its most affordable EC2 instances yet, but there’s a caveat [TechCrunch]
  • Why the growing API economy gives developers limitless opportunities [VentureBeat]
  • Microsoft chooses sides in battle for Internet of Things [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Accessory developers, meet iOS 8 [DoubleEncore]
  • Zend upgrade improves quality of PHP code [ProgrammableWeb]
  • IBM expects nanotube transistor computer chips ready soon after 2020 [MITTechnologyReview]
  • Google study: Typos are the top reason your code won’t compile [VentureBeat]
  • Microsoft, Perfecto Mobile enhance multi-platform device testing [eWeek]
  • Microsoft wants Visual Studio to be your one-stop cross-platform dev shop [ArsTechnica]
  • “HummingBoard” looks like a Raspberry Pi but packs in more power [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

CoderRadio_1760-Feb.-15-09.35Another one of my favorite podcasts is Coder Radio. It’s a weekly podcast recorded every Monday. Coder Radio is hosted by IT guy turned podcaster, Chris Fisher and co-hosted by independent software development president and coder, Michael Dominick so it provides a great contrast between ops and development.

It’s a more discussion-based show. They touch on the latest news, but spend more time discussing the topic of the show and spend a lot of time interacting with viewer/listener feedback. Another fun, infotainment show!

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Dev News Weekly #1: Where Android and I both try something new

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I’m getting fairly comfortable with my primary newsletter, Colorado Tech Weekly. However, I started that newsletter for 2 reasons. Keep up with the Colorado tech community and keep up with the developer community. Since there is so much Colorado tech news, it has pushed aside the developer news, so I decided to try this on for size. Since I’m leaning towards web development, that’s where most of my news will probably point. I hope you like it!

Developer News

  • Rackspace announces Global Mobile App Challenge with $20,000 In prizes [AppDeveloperMagazine]
  • One Month raises $770K to teach all of the coding [TechCrunch]
  • Hacking the hacker school: How the bootcamp is being taken to scale outside the coding world [VentureBeat]
  • Bootstrap 3.2 highlights mobile features, adds browser bug tracking [InfoWorld]
  • Android L first take: Developers are excited, intrigued [InfoWorld]
  • Developers rejoice: Android innovation rules at Google I/O [InfoWorld]
  • Oracle Embraces JSON and RESTful APIs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Study: 9K apps and 397M users show cost-per-install is the worst mobile user acquisition method [VentureBeat]
  • Eclipse Luna picks up Java 8, PHP, C/C++ support [InfoWorld]
  • Mozilla launches built-in HTML5 app development environment For Firefox [TechCrunch]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

DTNS-LogoThis week you should check out the Daily Tech News Show! It’s one of my favorite tech podcasts thanks to host, Tom Merritt’s enthusiasm. Each show is less than 60 minutes long and is available every weekday afternoon. It’s informative and fun. It’s infotainment for your ears… or your eyes if you watch the video version.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #36: Online video innovation. Leadership changes. Student support.

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Two of this week’s national stories have to do with supporting students who want to become software developers. As one of those students it brings up the internal (eternal?) argument between traditional and non-traditional education programs. I got burned by a non-traditional school which is why I’ve decided to go back to a more well-established school in Regis University. That is not to say I am against non-traditional programs such as the DaVinci Coders program in Louisville and gSchool at Galvanize in Denver, but if you’re considering jumping into the software development field it’s something you should spend some time considering.

Local News

  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Way to Go unveil first-of-its-kind trip planning tool [YourHub]
  • Denver app maker Welltok raises $22 million, featuring first investment from IBM’s Watson Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based Rapt Media releases Site Pairing technology to transform customer online media experience [InnovatioNews]
  • Evergreen-based Wowza launches Wowza Streaming Engine software to improve performance [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association elects Molly Rauzi as its 2014 board chair [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s RoundPegg selects Kevin Grauman as its new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 CEO addresses NSA spying revelations, impact on business [DBJ]

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National News

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says next move on net neutrality will come soon [TechKnowBytes]
  • How Facebook’s Open Academy helps students to become better software engineers [TheNextWeb]
  • GitHub introduces new discounts to support student coders [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #35: Developer trends. NoCo makes news. Amazon tax revisited?

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“NoCo” is trendy shorthand for Northern Colorado which incorporates everything north of Denver, south of Wyoming and not called Boulder. Boulder is not NoCo. Boulder is Boulder. It’s always fun when I can shed some light on companies outside of the Boulder/Denver area.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Weather Cloud taps new tech and data to give drivers real-time look at nastiest roads [InnovatioNews]
  • 3DCIC calls for speakers for 2014 event set for May 28-30 in Colorado Springs [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville-based Bounce.io raises $4.8M to make bounce messages a thing of the past [Xconomy]
  • First ever 1 Million Cups in Fort Collins throws spotlight on Fargreen and Intelivideo [InnovatioNews]
  • “Amazon tax” revisited. Colorado legislator reintroduces bill to tax Internet sales [DBJ]
  • Health care tech business GHX, located in Louisville, sold to private equity firm [DBJ]

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National News

  • Dice Survey: Salaries and confidence rise for U.S. tech professionals in 2013 [InnovatioNews]
  • Top programming languages for 2014 [ImpactLab]
  • Microsoft names new CEO; Bill Gates out as chairman [DBJ]
  • 7,000 app developers in 127 countries say e-commerce is now the best mobile monetization strategy [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #32: Overwhelming events and mobile contradictions

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Well my first Built in Brews event was… overwhelming. If you are ever in doubt about the vibrancy of the tech startup scene in Denver, go to one of those events. Your doubts will easily be put to rest. I forgot how loud networking events can get. I also forgot how futile they seem when you don’t have anything to ask of or offer other people. I also learned that admitting ignorance to someone that is 10 years younger than me is much easier to do behind a keyboard than it is face-to-face.small-logo

Speaking of large, overwhelming events, I have signed up to volunteer for the CTA C-Level @ Mile High event on March 6. I also signed up to help market the event online, so be prepared to see me mention it a few times. The only other CTA event I’ve been to was the APEX Conference last summer, so if it’s anywhere as organized as APEX was, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • 2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits (infographic) [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 Colorado cities (Denver, Boulder, Greeley and Ft. Collins) rank among nation’s 20 ‘best performing’ for jobs, tech [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies Dish and Westone win “Best Of” awards at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave acquires Klocwork to enhance code security and reliability [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin secures $3.9M Air Force contract to continue tracking missiles, space debris [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s FullContact buys Latvia-based Cobook, adds contact management apps and 1M users [Xconomy]

National News

  • GitHub acquires Y Combinator Alum Easel, a browser-based web design tool [TechCrunch]
  • Forget trying to make money off mobile apps – App monetization to get tougher still, with Gartner predicting 94.5% of downloads will be free by 2017 [TechCrunch]
  • But make mobile games and you’ll be rich! – Mobile gaming could drive entire video game industry to $100B in revenue by 2017 [VentureBeat]
  • U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules [Reuters]

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