Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #271: Colorado Tech Is Booming, But We Still Need More “Talent”

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When I started going back to school for my computer science degree 5 years ago, Colorado had a small but thriving inclusive tech community. Today we has a large and thriving inclusive tech community that is still growing! Denver and Boulder share the spotlight, but, like we see with the headlines this week, other Colorado areas are also growing and in need of talented workers.

This tempts me to get on a soapbox about “talented workers” but I’ll keep it short. There is a line between being unable to find talented workers for a role and having expectations that are too high for a role. If you are constantly unable to find someone to fit your role, could your expectations be too high? Can you train someone to fit this role? This is not an easy line to define. If I knew how to accurately define where this line exists, I’d be a very well off consultant but I think it’s worth thinking about.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to be acquired by Veritone [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Filling backpacks for A Precious Child [Greystone]
  • Cybersecurity industry booming in Springs, but worker shortage remains [KOAA]
  • Denver-based AdSwerve acquires Seattle firm for $24 million [DBJ]
  • Talent acquisition, security breaches weigh on NoCo tech CEOs [BizWest]
  • Gusto hiring up to 100 in Denver, growing office faster than San Francisco HQ [DBJ]
  • Xerox spinoff to lay off 410 employees in Colorado Springs, continuing trend of cutting jobs in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • 5 steps to change your career and transition into tech [CodingBlonde]
  • Denver’s Red Canary and Endgame announce partnership [RedCanary]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe co-founds and leads new World Geospatial Industry Council [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #265: TECHNOLOGY IS MADE OF PEOPLE!!!

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When interacting with technology and companies it is very easy to get lost in the names of products and titles. However the harder you look, the more you realize that most tech companies are mostly just about a dozen people who believe in each other. That’s it.

Industry groups, companies, conferences, even meetups are nothing without the people who make them happen.

Celebrate the people around you and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rabbit Hole brings cool maker tech to new Louisville escape room [MakerBoulder]
  • Private equity giant closes deal for Boulder cybersecurity company LogRhythm [DBJ]
  • New eCommerce platform joins Boulder-based ShipCompliant’s certified partner program [ShipCompliant]
  • After a most unusual start, Denver health IT company access.moble charts U.S. growth [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe appoints Mike Edwards as VP for defense [InnovatioNews]
  • TiVo CEO is bolting after 8 months to join Denver-based Liberty Global [DBJ]
  • Deloitte exec: Why Denver is poised for blockchain growth, especially for certain sectors [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union patent application mentions cryptocurrency, biometric verification [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Inovonics Engineer, Christian Huber, dies during high-alpine climb in Pakistan [Inovonics]
  • Colorado tech raised over $101M in June. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #264: Agriculture, Blockchain, Funds, Hiring and Offices

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I could probably go on long tangents on most of the subjects in this week’s headline but I won’t because I like to keep my intro short so you can find the headlines you’re interested in and get on with your day. Let’s see if I can sum up each tangent:

  • Agriculture is an amazing industry for high-tech innovation that few people think about.
  • Blockchain tech interest is still more hype than knowledge.
  • Getting funding is cool, but not needing it is even better.
  • Colorado is still a great place to look for a software job. Speaking of which, my company, Infinicept, is looking to hire a mid-senior level .NET engineer. Come work with me!
  • How you set up your office can be both a great way to waste time and an important set of decisions to make your company more productive. Speaking of setting up offices, Infinicept got to set up our new office at Galvanize Denver Golden Triangle so if you end up at Galvanize, come say hi!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How we set up our office in Loveland, and why [RadialDevGroup]
  • Centennial airline mail-tracking service, Velocity Mail, bought for $25.5 million [DBJ]
  • Governor appoints 12 to Colorado blockchain technology council [DBJ]
  • Colorado will be ‘Silicon Valley for blockchain technology,’ National Cybersecurity Center CEO says [DBJ]
  • Two-thirds of Denver tech managers plan on hiring more people in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Denver Dating app MeetMindful raises $5.5M [BusinessDen]
  • Google gives more than $2M to NCWIT, CU Boulder [BizWest]
  • AgrAbility partners with Boulder-based Agribotix to help farmers with disabilities stay productive and progressive [Agribotix]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe, CGIAR partner to accelerate machine learning for agriculture [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity partners with SailPoint Technologies, acquires Elastic Beam [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #259: Growing and Being New and Honesty

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I’m coming up on 6th months as a junior developer. I’m fairly certain I’m doing well. It’s hard to tell with the imposter syndrome and the constant learning about technology and the business logic, but I think it’s going well. I attribute this to being honest with my co-workers and myself.

As someone looking for my first job as a developer,  I spent a lot of time learning how to sell my knowledge, skills and abilities. After you get the job, it’s important to be realistic about your knowledge, skills and abilities with everyone, especially yourself. It’s not easy to say “I don’t understand” or “This is going to take longer than we planned” but these are important things for junior developers to say when we need to.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha to be sold with eye toward faster growth [CSGazette]
  • Boulder-based Jujotech ranked among top AR/VR tech providers [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster’s SpotX launches online resource library for publishers seeking GDPR guidance [SpotX]
  • New Digs in Denver, and We’re Hiring! [Statera]
  • Broomfield’s Intelivideo appoints three new board members [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga raises $47 million from investors [BizWest]
  • Choozlers to compete in finals at Go Code Colorado [Choozle]
  • Interview with Thomas Frey – Futurist Speaker and Executive Director at the DaVinci Institute [DavinciInstitute]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies get outside as the weather warms up [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based LockState secures $5.8M in funding, with plans to expand its team [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 #249: Bigger Offices and Rural Broadband

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I’m a big fan of doing more to expand broadband into rural areas. One reason for this is completely selfish. I love the idea of having a nice house in a small town while being able to contribute code remotely to amazing projects. My other reason is more altruistic. People who live in rural areas should be offered the same services and opportunities that those of us in metro areas have.

It’s also cool seeing companies announce expansions in space and people. When our tech companies feels comfortable enough to get more space and hire more people, it’s a great sign for our tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Loveland’s Keypoint Government Solutions will become Perspecta post-merger [BizWest]
  • Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix [DurangoHerald]
  • Broadband bill for rural Colorado amended, but maintains momentum [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Ft. Collins-based Madwire leases more space, expects to have 1,200 workers by 2021 [BizWest]
  • Facebook is hiring in Denver and is eyeing bigger space, but has not signed lease yet [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based InspiringApps opens office in Austin [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe selects SpaceX to launch its next-generation WorldView Legion satellites [BusinessWire]
  • Why Denver’s technology industry is the nation’s next tech mecca [Kore1]
  • Denver cloud computing company, Faction, raises $18 million for growth [DBJ]
  • Denver-based PAIRIN Welcomes Alli Phillips as New COO/CFO [PAIRIN]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 3/21 – Denver Droids – Android Networking 101 by Mike Patterson
  2. 3/21 – Denver Python Meetup – *Flask vs Django* the Throwdown with Vince Buscarello
  3. 3/21 – Tech Confluence – Clustering, Agile Design, Collatz Conjecture, at Sendgrid
  4. 3/21 – Women Who Code – Denver: Women Who Go
  5. 3/22 – Boulder/Denver Big Data Meetup – Using big-data in flood warning systems
  6. 3/22 – The Den of Clojure – Predictive Modeling and the Data Pipeline that Feeds It
  7. 3/26 – Colorado Data Science – Essential Mathematical Foundations for Data Science
  8. 3/26 – Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science – What Happens When AI and Legal Documents Collide? Legal Language Understanding with Dr. Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
  9. 3/27 – CTA – March Policy Webinar
  10. 3/27 – Denver iOS Developer User Group – Understand Mobile Architecture: MVC vs MVVM vs MVP

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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 #226: Overexertion and the Idea of an Amazon HQ2 in Colorado

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Everyone says they want Amazon’s second headquarters to be in Colorado. I admit, it’s a cool idea but I wonder if it’s a good idea. I am wondering a lot of things today, mainly because I overexerted myself last week and I’m super tired, but the question still lingers in my head. What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community? Or a more fun question to consider would be, “What kind of effect would our inclusive tech community have on Amazon?” I think I like considering that question more.

Pro-tip: Don’t renovate a third of your house in 4 days while taking online senior-level college courses and working a more than full-time, high-stress job while managing contract work and a job search. It’s not healthy.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • California GPS tech company, Trimble, plans big new Westminster building [DBJ]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor completes purchase of Angie’s List, goes public, grows 33 percent in a day [DenverPost]
  • Feds clear CenturyLink to buy Broomfield’s Level 3, but with conditions to keep internet competitive [DenverPost]
  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies Partners with Denver’s SecureSet Academy for cybersecurity Education and hiring [RimTech]
  • Colorado loses a corporate headquarters and a satellite imaging pioneer as Westminster-based DigitalGlobe is purchased [DenverPost]
  • Opportunity awaits: 7 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association adds four new members to board [InnovatioNews]
  • Big month for big hires: 6 Colorado tech companies welcome new leaders this September [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again) [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #224: Failure, Open Source, Freelancing, Tech Jobs and Denver Startup Week (50% More Links THIS WEEK ONLY)

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If I was still doing an accompanying podcast with these blog posts, this week I would talk forever. There is so much packed into this week’s headlines that I want to talk about!

I’d talk about the importance of being comfortable with failure because of the SparkFun post. Or I could talk about the allure of game development and talk about Mystic Melee. What about interview struggles and strategies that Built in Colorado brings up?

But wait! There’s more!! I could talk about the deceptive difficulty of freelancing (doing the projects is the easy part) because of the Impact Lab article or I could talk about my frustration with the “talent gap” while looking at the Denver Post’s Amazon-related story. But I’d also want to talk about open-source development thanks to the story about DRUD Tech, especially since Hacktoberfest is starting soon.

Speaking of Hacktoberfest, are you participating? I want to give it a shot but I know I’ll need some knowledge/moral/tech/emotional support to make it worth it.  I know SendGrid is participating. It would be cool to find other Colorado tech companies/people/organizations that are involved.

OH WAIT! THERE’S ALSO DENVER STARTUP WEEK! At the end of this post are 10 posts I’ve collected from the from the Colorado tech community to make sure you get the best Denver Startup Week experience.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Meet Our July 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Project Fails [SparkFun]
  • Denver-based game, Mystic Melee, out on Early Access [PewPewCat]
  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal: What to ask (and what NOT to ask) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: 5 Colorado software engineers share the coolest tech they’ve built [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google buys Boulder campus for $130 million [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ [ImpactLab]
  • Denver software firm, Choozle, expands HQ after doubling its headcount [BusinessDen]
  • Finding workers a challenge in Colorado’s bid for Amazon campus [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes [CIODive]

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10 Best Denver Startup Week Posts from the Colorado Tech Community

  • Spotlight on the Maker Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • GoSpotCheck & Denver Startup Week [GoSpotCheck]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 will offer 350 programs, big names [DBJ]
  • Your Guide to Everything Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sixth annual Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29 with 300+ events [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 [Choozle]
  • Denver Startup Week: Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s Startup Crawl [BuiltinColorado]
  • The DSW trifecta: Laughs, beer, tech jobs [Name.com]
  • The Colorado Startup Scene and Denver Startup Week 2017 [TechnicalIntegrity]

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