Colorado Tech Weekly #266: Leadership Matters and Fintech Grows in Denver

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The 2 subjects of this week’s headline directly affect me on a daily basis. As an employee of a startup with less than 10 people, our company is not only affected by the decisions made by our leadership but also the moods and attitudes that are shown by our founders, our managers and each of us. Leadership is not dependent on job title in a small organization, however the people with the big job titles have the most direct affect on the mood and culture of an organization. I’m excited to see what’s in store for OpenWorldLearning and Colorado Technology Association after their leadership changes.

My startup is also involved in fintech and seeing The Funding Circle opening an office here and seeing OnDeck grow their presence here makes me excited about the industry I get to work in.

I hope there’s something to get you excited this week! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s OpenWorldLearning announced the appointment of Annie Grenier Wright as its Chair [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Louisville-based Global Healthcare acquiring firm in Germany [BizWest]
  • Denver-based  Intermap Technologies’ 3D Earth mapping tech used to rescue Thai soccer team [DenverPost]
  • British fintech firm, The Funding Circle, leases 19,000 square feet in downtown Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Frannie Matthews named Colorado Technology Association’s new president & CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • New Colorado Technology Association chief looks to help connect companies and skilled workers [DBJ]
  • Fintech company, OnDeck, to grow Denver office by 15 percent within next five months [DBJ]
  • CA Technologies, with an office in Bouder, sold To Broadcom for $19B [PYMNTS]
  • Denver cybersecurity company OverWatchID expands, moves downtown from Tech Center [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech company, FreeWave Technologies, and CU hackathon may have unlocked the key to detecting wildfires [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #261: Actively Creative People Are My Heroes

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This upcoming weekend is Denver Comic Con. It’ll be my 4th time going and I look forward to it every year. I am inspired every year to create more by talking with artists, authors and all the other creative people I find at DCC.

This weekend is marks the 5th anniversary of Colorado Tech Weekly! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing this for 5 years. It is beyond time for me to shake things up with this series and add some extra value Now I’ve found a bit of a groove with my new job maybe I can start making some of those changes soon.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Skyland Analytics names Joe Ruth company’s chief software architect [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based software firm Vendavo acquires Swedish company [DBJ]
  • Behind the CANVAS Cart: How this team embraces creativity to find new applications for its tech in Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Greystone makes the Denver Post Top Workplace list [GreystoneTech]
  • Fort Collins’ TurboTenant raises $2.2 million in equity offering [BizWest]
  • Software firm to the health-care industry, Apollo Enterprise Imaging Corp. expands to Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • SALT Lending nonprofit partners with Regis University to offer blockchain class [DBJ]
  • Louisville sustainable tech company, PrintReleaf, raises more than $400,000 in capital [BizWest]
  • Another banner year for the Secretary of State’s “Go Code Colorado” [SecretaryOfState]
  • Colorado tech raised over $100M in May. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #256: I Officially Graduate with My Computer Science Degree… and Other News

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5 years ago I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a software developer and I sign up for my first 3 classes at Regis University. I took every class online while working more than full time as a police dispatcher. I sacrificed time with my family and friends and took classes year round doing homework whenever I could. I did homework at work, at home, while on vacation, in the early morning hours, late at night and all hours in between.

Today I went to the Regis University for the first time. The commencement ceremony was an excellent way to cap off my formal education. for me, my wife and my daughter because they also sacrificed a lot for me. It feels great to be so inspired and inspiring at the same time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Choozle snags #2 spot on Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • New CTO for Boulder smart home company MindHome [BizWest]
  • Drones take over Colorado Convention Center [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics announces new Misty II personal robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Nonprofit Cyber Institute opens new cyber paths for minorities in Pueblo and Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo misses on earnings for third quarter; COO resigns [BizWest]
  • A stupefying array of activity for Boulder Startup Week 2018 [Name.com]
  • Colorado tech raised over $400M in April. Check out the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies on why they didn’t leave culture up to chance [BuiltinColorado]
  • Dream bigger: 7 Colorado tech companies where opportunity awaits [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 #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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