Colorado Tech Weekly #298: Sphero’s New Bot and Legislators Talk Tech

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

As members of the Colorado tech community, things that affect us directly are talked about daily by legislators at the state and federal level. This week those topics are artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency which are very much tech related. However it’s important to realize that the other big topics such as our booming growth, traffic, income-inequality, etc. are issues that we are a part of so it’s important for us to pay attention to our effect on Colorado and keep involved so that we can do what we can to mitigate and help Colorado’s issues.

Not every issue can be/should be fixed with technology, but if you like working with technology you like solving problems so I think we can still help.

Only 2 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com so I should probably make sure the RSS to email stuff works now. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero enters into new market with latest robot and Kickstarter campaign [DBJ]
  • Colorado leaders launch artificial intelligence strategy group [PagosaDailyPost]
  • Unanimously passed Colorado cryptocurrency token exemption bill heads to governor’s desk [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Fruition announces Zach Wilensky as new VP of Finance [Fruition]
  • Boulder’s TriBuild looks to raise $3 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics CEO sells off $4.35M of company stock [DBJ]
  • These are the startups competing in PitchNo.CO [BizWest]
  • Whats new in Denver-based Choozle: Supported Services [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons names interim director, starts search committee [BizWest]
  • Hyperloop-inspired test track in Colorado is no more after Arrivo shuts down [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #297: Full Body Sound, Great Events and Buzzwords Made Real

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning (Unless Monday was a holiday. I hope you had a good President’s Day!)!

There’s a lot that I like about this week’s news and events. One thing I look forward to doing on the new ColoradoTechWeekly.com is doing features on companies, people and organizations. To get that started I got to visit with Allison and Griffin of Full Body Sound at SolderWorks in Westminster last week and I got to feel music and it was pretty cool! They will be at the New Tech Colorado event in Boulder on the 21st.

Speaking of events, I like seeing combo events like the Boulder React Coding Night also on the 21st and my work would be directly impacted by the Visual Studio and Azure meetups too!

But then there’s the news! I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before about buzzwords in Colorado. They’re not just buzzwords! This week we have blockchain, diversity, security and autonomous robots! And this is just the top 10 stories! I love it!

Only 3 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA hosts SheTech Explorer Day in Denver to inspire young female techies [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s NOAA and NCAR to partner on computer modeling [BizWest]
  • Carbonite’s largest office could be in Broomfield after $618M Webroot acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Velocity Global receives national recognition for its culture-driven workplace [VelocityGlobal]
  • Jack Waters named president of Boulder’s Zayo Networks and COO of Zayo Group Holdings [InnovatioNews]
  • CDOT installing fiber optic cable to make Highway 24 ‘smarter’ between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park [KKTV]
  • Longmont puts locally invented SnowBot to work in 2019 storms: Says its a financial game-changer [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Buyers circle for Boulder-based Zayo; company confirms it isn’t splitting [BizWest]
  • The Blucifer video game is ready for those of you who want to be Denver’s airport demon horse [Denverite]
  • How Denver’s System76 uses blockchain to deliver firmware updates [System76]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #295: SendGrid Highlights Colorado Tech’s Monetary Value and We Talk About Imposter Syndrome

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I’ve been a software developer for just over a year now. My first year was definitely a constant battle against imposter syndrome. Now that I have experience, that imposter syndrome is gone right? Hahahaha-no. It turns out that imposter syndrome isn’t just for newbies. It can be a constant issue for all developers and I like talking about it for the same reason I enjoy talking about mental health. Both issues are things that most people have to deal with and both issues are things that most people don’t talk about. This is why I’m excited to see that a few Colorado tech groups are getting together on February 12 to talk about imposter syndrome openly.

Infinicept is hiring again for a Software Engineer so we can bring our team of developers up to 6! I enjoy working for Infinicept partly because as an employee of a small company I get to help shape the culture. We’re a team that enjoys achieving together, learning together and helping each other out. I joke with my co-workers that I feel like I’m telling candidates what they want to hear when they ask about our culture. Interested? Let us know!

Only 5 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Gusto continues ‘incredible’ growth in Denver with latest expansion to employ 1000 [DBJ]
  • As Denver-based Ibotta hits $500M cash-back milestone a new way to get that cash is in the works [DBJ]
  • Denver’s ThreatX taps cybersecurity veteran Chris Brazdziunas to speed innovation [InnovatioNews]
  • Division of Denver digital services firm,
    Statêra, acquired by Baltimore company, Catalyte [DBJ]
  • Why MyStrength, a Denver tech firm focused on mental health, decided to sell its business [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Inscripta raises $30 million in capital [BizWest]
  • How the chief ethics officer of Denver ethics software firm, Convercent, handles business biggest issues [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Stateless secures $11.3M in Series A funds to improve network connectivity [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado medical device maker, JustRight Surgical, rebrands as Bolder Surgical after $27M raise enters adult surgical market [DBJ]
  • Twilios purchase of Denver-based SendGrid just closed and the deal is now worth $1 billion more [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #294: More Than Just Skills, Compensation and Benefits

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Infinicept is hiring again for a Software Engineer so we can bring our team of developers up to 6! I enjoy working for Infinicept partly because as an employee of a small company I get to help shape the culture. We’re a team that enjoys achieving together, learning together and helping each other out. I joke with my co-workers that I feel like I’m telling candidates what they want to hear when they ask about our culture.

I’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of companies hiring and people starting new jobs recently. It’s neat to see what people and companies bring to the table that is more than just skills, compensation and benefits. It feels like those things are an expected part of getting and keeping talent but the important part is the way you feel about a company or person? Maybe “how they make you feel” is not the right way to put it, but I’m talking about the things that are hard to put in a job posting or resume that makes managing talent (yours and others’) challenging and interesting.

I am dangerously close to launching off on a tangent so before I do that, here’s this week’s latest tech news and events! Only 6 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. After that, you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 minutes with Adam Enbar the founder of a WeWork-owned coding school that’s coming to Denver [DBJ]
  • RingCentral to acquire Boulders Connect First [BizWest]
  • Denver-area cable company, Wideopen West, laying off more than 200 employees [DBJ]
  • New Colorado CIO wants to deliver ‘customer delight’ to state workers and residents [StateScoop]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s shares plummet after satellite failure [DenverPost]
  • Highlands Ranch’s Field Squared closes 2018 second year of record revenue growth [FieldSquared]
  • Denver-based Choozle donates $2772.33 to two Denver nonprofits [Choozle]
  • Denver-based Visible launches on Android plans to sell smartphones [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Technical Integrity acquires diversity and inclusion startup, Find My Flock [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Nominations open for 2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards deadline is Feb. 15 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #291: Every Kind of Technology

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I like when there’s a trend in the tech news or a subject that I can focus on here before delivering the Colorado tech news that I find interesting. But I also really like it when there’s no theme because it shows how much is covered by our tech community! I noticed this especially in the upcoming events. It’s really cool that you can find an event for every kind of tech interest in Colorado!

Speaking of events, I’ll be at the Develop Happy Hour tomorrow night and I’ve made it a point to participate more in the Denver Devs Slack so please say “Hi!”

Here’s your reminder that Colorado Tech Weekly #300 will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com. Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Ping Identity expands leadership team with two new veteran executives [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network wants to improve TV ads by analyzing your emotions [DBJ]
  • Boulder company Alpine Media Technology LLC creates chairlift information system [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s Maxar incorporates in U.S. [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s internet of roads is a go. Soon cars will “talk” to signs and traffic signals [ColoradoSun]
  • New year new career? These 25 Denver tech companies have big hiring plans in 2019 [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network to double down on ‘huge gamble’ a narrowband IoT network [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Double Helix Optics raises $1.4 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Catalyst HTI adds Canadian mediation headband company, Muse, to campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy expects to double revenue and help you cut back on energy [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #290: Reflections, Predictions, A Mistake and a Universally Universal Remote

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Today is the first business day of 2019. Sure yesterday was New Years Day but today is the first day many of us go back to work after spending at least a little time reflecting. It would be nice if every first day back to work felt this way.

I’m gonna make a prediction that I know will come true because I have full control over the outcome. Colorado Tech Weekly #300 will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on my site because Colorado Tech Weekly is getting its own site!! I’m super excited for this!!

Have a great week and a great new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Ibotta’s Year In Review: 2018 Edition [Ibotta]
  • Looking Back on 2018 [KidsTek]
  • GetSparked Year in Review [SparkFun]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network patent reveals plans for the ultimate universal remote [DBJ]
  • Developer Relations: (More Than) The Art of Talking Good [EmilyFreeman]
  • Predictions for 2019 [KieranMcCarthy]
  • Investing in myself what worked in 2018 and my digital marketing predictions for 2019 [RyanLevander]
  • What caused nationwide CenturyLink outage? The root of the problem was in Denver memo says [DBJ]
  • Loveland names new leader for broadband division [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s decision to sell restructure satellite business looms [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #286: Space is Still Cool. Hiring is Still Happening

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Speaking of hiring, I had the person behind the Randori Security Twitter account reach out to say that they are hiring engineers. Check them out at www.randori.com. Maybe I should consider adding a “Hiring” or “Job Postings” section?

Last week, Insight landed on Mars after being built in Colorado. That’s just awesome. I will always be excited by stories and tech that have to do with space. It just feels cooler when cool things are doing cool things outside our atmosphere. Now we have companies working on a moon program?! That’s so cool!!

Speaking of cool, Tuesday is my one year anniversary at Infinicept! My software career will be able to be measured by years now!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado-built Lockheed Martin spacecraft succeeds in NASA Mars landing [InnovatioNews]
  • National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs expanding role in cyber competitions [CSGazette]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network taps Colorado’s CIO as its next chief digital officer [DBJ]
  • How Denver cybersecurity company CyberGRX is spending its $30 million raise [DBJ]
  • Slack’s arrival is ‘huge stamp of approval’ for Denver as next big tech hub [DBJ]
  • Durango-based GitPrime scales up business to double its employees by 2019 [SCAPE]
  • Making spirits bright: How 5 Colorado tech companies give back during the holidays [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2 Iranian hackers indicted for ransomware attack on CDOT other agencies [9News]
  • California has Silicon Valley. Could Colorado become home to Aerospace Alley? [DenverPost]
  • NASA picks two Colorado companies for new $2.6B moon program [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #283: Earnings News and Municipal Broadband Decisions in Loveland, Aurora and Erie

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week had definite themes! There were a lot of headlines about news about tech company earnings. You can find most of those headlines on the BizWest and Denver Business Journal websites.

Also with the election last week, northern Colorado seems like the best place in the state for municipal broadband and Aurora is also looking to get into broadband. I like this a lot as I see internet access as a needed utility that should be available to everyone.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Registria creates millions in new found value for consumer durable brands [Registria]
  • Longmont gig-Internet signups exceed estimates [BizWest]
  • Recently acquired Denver-based SendGrid still isn’t making money despite Q3 revenue increases [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Angi Homeservices reports best quarter since merger [DBJ]
  • 5 takeaways from Dish Network Q3 earnings: Worst quarterly subscriber loss ever [DBJ]
  • Special Report: Colorado Technology 2018-19 APEX Awards winners finalists honored [DBJ]
  • Loveland council reverses decision, moves ahead with broadband [BizWest]
  • Voters allow Aurora to explore broadband services [SentinelColorado]
  • Erie voters allow town to explore broadband alternatives [DailyCamera]
  • Boulder-based Zayo stock prices slip after lackluster earnings split announcement [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #281: Hiring is Hard! Colorado is Great! Denver Startup Week Was Fun!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”.

This week’s headlines is more of the same. More growth! You’d think that after almost 300 weeks of mostly good news about growth, it would get boring but it never does!

Speaking of good things, I am slightly ashamed by the lack of original content on this blog so I’m going to start writing more blog posts! Last week I started my 2018 Denver Startup Week Review with a look at Day 1. You’ll never guess what’s in store for this week… ok you probably will so I’ll just tell you that it’s going to be about Day 2.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lightworks Fiber brings jobs and optimism to Colorado coal country in Delta  [NPR]
  • Denver’s tech ecosystem is a work in progress as companies come and grow and others get sold [ColoradoSun]
  • Sumo Logic, another Bay Area tech company has growth plans for its Denver office [DBJ]
  • Assignar raises $6.2M to fund construction of operations management platform software [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs land on list of Top 20 tech towns in America [InnovatioNews]
  • After raising $80M this Denver vacation rental company Evolve is evolving into its second phase [DBJ]
  • Silicon Flatirons GiveFirst Conference: Feld and Zell [BFeld]
  • Boulder’s Zayo to provide dark fiber to data-encryption company [BizWest]
  • 6 takeaways from the Denver and Boulder Tech Census [DBJ]
  • Special report DBJ’s Fast 50, metro Denver s fastest-growing private companies [DBJ]

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