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 #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 #247: Straight From Colorado Tech Companies To You. Also JavaScript Events.

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I’m proud of Colorado’s tech journalists and I enjoy being able to amplify their work, but I also like that technology allows us to hear thoughts, opinions and views from companies straight from the companies themselves. This week has a lot of that which makes me happy.

There’s also a lot of events coming up that focus on JavaScript. JavaScript does not make me happy. However my opinion of JavaScript should not affect our opinion of these events. I’d go if I had the time. Maybe they would help me see JavaScript in a different light.

On a side note, this week is my last week of schoolwork! It’s been 4.5 years of work to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and I’m one week away from accomplishing it. Today is also my wife’s birthday who has been amazingly supportive during the whole time and who I can’t thank enough. I love you, Corrine. Happy birthday!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Ergen’s Douglas County-Based Dish Network prepares to spend $1 billion to launch a wireless network [DBJ]
  • Why a hackathon-friendly office culture is good for everyone at Denver’s Name.com [Name.com]
  • Denver-based cable TV tech company, CSG International, searching for new CFO [DBJ]
  • Ransomware strikes CDOT for second time even as agency still recovering from first SamSam attack [DenverPost]
  • New gigabit internet service in Centennial almost ready as city signs lease for fiber network [DenverPost]
  • A Bird’s Eye View: Behind the Scenes of Beastmode at Denver’s RedCanary [RedCanary]
  • Brandfolder moves into Zeppelin Station in Denver [BusinessDen]
  • [Inside Denver’s Apto] How we built our integrations and created a seamless product experience [Apto]
  • Longmont-based Left Hand Robotics scaling up SnowBots [BizWest]
  • Podcast: Durango-based GitPrime’s CEO on measuring software engineering productivity [GitPrime]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #243: Move Fast and Name Things

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The hardest thing that programmers have to do is name things. I’m learning that the business world is not immune to this issue either. I highlighted the story about WorldPay/Vantiv/Mercury Pay cuz I’ve been able to use Vantiv’s info for my day job work and it points out the issue with names. When you’re moving fast and growing and acquiring and being acquired, how much time should you spend renaming and rebranding to make work easier?

There seems to be an artificial permanence to the names of things. It’s frustrating in a different kind of way. I’m not sure what to do about it or if anything should be done.

I’ll be at the Go Code Colorado Kickoff on Wednesday. I’m not participating in the challenge, but I really like the people who run and mentor the chalenge.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo purchases Neutral Path for $31.5 million [BizWest]
  • Durango startup WorldPay (Formerly Vantiv, formally Mercury Payment Systems) now ranks among world’s largest [BizWest]
  • What Denver should do when Amazon doesn’t choose it for HQ2 [BradFeld]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network races into internet of things world by buying Denver parking startup ParkiFi [DenverPost]
  • Colorado eyes blockchain to secure government data, legal pot [DBJ]
  • Silicon Valley software firm Xactly expands in Denver, plans to hire hundreds [DenverPost]
  • Robots, referees and a shot at the regional tournament: Hundreds of students compete in technological throwdown at Regis [DenverPost]
  • An inside look at the morning routines of highly successful tech leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $41M in January. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2018’s top technology trends: How Colorado tech is pushing the envelope [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #242: Society’s Issues and the Tech Community’s Issues are the Same Issues

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I put these posts together on Sundays so I got to watch Hidden Figures for the first time while putting this together. That movie and a few of this week’s headlines served as a reminder to me that the tech industry is not separate from society in general.

Many of us hope that the things we create and maintain help to address those issues in healthy ways, but we know that not everyone has the same hopes.  Our creations have been used to divide, shame and target people. They have also been used to connect, support and liberate people. Technology is a tool. Use it for good.

Tonight I’ll be at the Denver Visual Studio Meetup. If you’re there too, say “HI!”

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero lays off 45 employees after lackluster holiday sales [DenverPost]
  • National Cybersecurity Center opens for business in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • T-Mobile completes purchase of Denver’s Layer3 TV, plans to offer TV service to all — including AT&T and Verizon customers [DenverPost]
  • Social fitness app Strava opening office in Denver to take advantage of outdoors, tech talent [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based tech company Occipital raises nearly $11 million [BizWest]
  • Tech-related bills introduced in the Colorado State Legislature from Jan. 10 – 24 [CTA]
  • Denver-based Revolar founder, Jacqueline Ros opens up about #MeToo and #TimesUp [Revolar]
  • New year, new career: 11 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Havenly nabs $12.5M Series B to make interior design more accessible [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech tour: A behind-the-scenes look at 4 sleek Colorado office spaces [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #240: Reflection, Direction and an Open Software Engineer Position

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This week has a good amount of both reflection and direction stories. I never thought too much about the relationship between the two until just now. In order to have good direction, it is important to reflect well on what has happened, where you are and where you intend to be.  I’m in a very good spot for this as I settle in after my first month at Infinicept and as I start my very last class to finish off my CS degree!

Speaking of Infinicept, we are 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

  • Boulder smart-home software developer Yonomi adds $5 million from manufacturer of car technology [DenverPost]
  • Our Role in Colorado Tech’s Continued Growth: A letter from the CEO [CTA]
  • Colorado Springs-based FoodMaven secures $8.6M in Series A fund round [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs software firm Cherwell Technology is looking for a new CEO [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based Innovation Pavilion greets the New Year [InnovationPavilion]
  • Staffing leader KORE1 invests in Denver through acquisition of Kranect [KORE1]
  • Denver-based Choozle CTO John Schnipkoweit on creating a dynamic and diverse workplace [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Misty Robotics unveils its first personal robot, but not just anyone can buy it [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s GutCheck by the Numbers: 2017 [GutCheck]
  • CSU-Pueblo ‘CyberWolves’ win in national online security contest [PuebloChieftain]

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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 #238: Starting Off 2018 the Right Way

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January 2nd is one of the best days of the year. Resolutions are made, hopes are high, your not hungover from partying on New Years Eve like you were yesterday and it’s time to get moving on your goals. This week our tech community helps out with that with a bunch of great events!

Have a great week and excellent 2018!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Engine, contracts and other big milestones on deck for Denver’s ULA in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Celebrating Denver-based Red Canary’s best security blogs of 2017 [RedCanary]
  • Remote Colorado counties rally for broadband coverage [ColoradoOIT]
  • Denver’s MassRoots unveils action plan to tap California rec MJ market opening Jan. 3, appoints Dietrich CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta’s 2017 year in review [Ibotta]
  • Tech talent chasing cheap housing is fleeing Silicon Valley and Denver is one of the top 5 destinations, real estate CEO says [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation’s parent company seeking $1.5M [BizWest]
  • OnDeck adds a BlackRock-managed fund to its platform of financing partners [OnDeck]
  • From NCC to NIST, cyber’s center stage [CSBJ]
  • Kevin Owocki @ Ignite Boulder 34 presentation of Blockchain is the next TCP/IP [KevinOwocki]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #231: Municipal Broadband and APEX Awards and Other Stories and Events and… and…

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I am intrigued by the growing popularity of municipal broadband or at least the growing interest. It is my opinion that internet access should be treated like a utility. I have spent the last 4 years going to school, networking for my next job, searching for jobs, learning about the community and there is no way I could not do this without a consistent, reliable internet connection. Everyone should have this kind of opportunity.

Congratulations to this year’s APEX Award winners! It’s neat to see the people and companies I share about are getting recognized!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado mobile app developers [Kumulos]
  • It takes pay to play in metro Denver’s tech job market, surveys say [DBJ]
  • Girls Who Code plans three new campus programs in Colorado [TechRockies]
  • 18 more Colorado municipalities vote in favor of city-owned internet, while Fort Collins approves $150 million to move forward [DenverPost]
  • Cheyenne-based Green House Data acquires Denver-based Ajubeo [GreenHouseData]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global adds recruiting to suite of employment solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Wayne Williams: Colorado elections run smoothly, with a little help from the National Guard [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech firm Liqid moving HQ from Lafayette to Broomfield [BizWest]
  • 17th annual APEX Awards spotlight Colorado’s tech leaders [InnovatioNews]
  • Once flying high, Denver-based MassRoots has nosedived [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #229: Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat

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If the title of this week’s post puts a song in your head, you have great taste in music.

The Tech Jobs Tour event event last week was amazing! I got to talk with many of the leaders I admire from the Colorado technology community. It was inspiring and made me proud to be a part of this community. This week’s stories span all the emotions!

Love: We get to check in with Sparkfun founder, Nate Seidle, as he follows his passion and HobbyDB gets funding to continue helping others follow their passion.

Loss: Lockheed Martin misses earnings and Revolar shuts down. I’ve seen very few bad-news stories since I’ve started these blog posts and few have been more heartbreaking for me than finding out Revolar has to shut down.

Hope: Every other story deals with hope and it’s one of the things that keeps me going. Speaking of hope, remember how I said last week was a good time to get a new job? I have an interview on Wednesday! Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Occipital acquires Paracosm, plans collaborative 3D mapping projects [Xconomy]
  • Fort Collins voters to decide $150 million gamble in broadband industry [CompleteColorado]
  • Denver tech darling Revolar shuts down, even as its panic buttons still for sale at Target, Best Buy [DenverPost]
  • Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin space business drives surprise earnings miss [DBJ]
  • Check-In with Niwot’s SparkX – Two Rounds Later [SparkFun]
  • Report: Colorado’s tech companies keep growing, up 20 percent in employee numbers over 2016 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based collectible database, HobbyDB raises $325,000 [BizWest]
  • Hickenlooper to unveil Skillful platform Thursday to help jobseekers [ColoradoPolitics]
  • SendGrid, Tendril and Arrow Electronics tops the Hired list of 10 most attractive companies for tech workers in Denver [Recode]
  • 17th annual APEX award finalists announced [InnovatioNews]

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