Colorado Tech Weekly #91: Acquisitions and jobs come and go

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Local company, Arrow Electronics, acquires a company. Local company, Alchemy API gets acquired by a company. DigitalGlobe to cut 150+ jobs. Innosphere helped create 150+ jobs. The sun rises. The sun sets. There’s a zen kind of feeling to this week’s headlines… unless you’re one of the 155 employees of DigitalGlobe. Then it’s more of a shaking-your-fist kind of headline. Time for me to get back to homework. Here’s your headlines…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Tech group exploring format change, seeking new venue [BizWest]
  • Longmont satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe cutting 155 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Placeable hires digital industry veteran Jonathan Ewert as president [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks — for now [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics acquires distributor ImmixGroup [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘Internet of Everything’ thought leader joins Denver-based BuildingDNA’s Board of Directors [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s AlchemyAPI acquired by IBM Watson Group [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based health-care technology group, Prime Health Collaborative, expanding into Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • 2014 was a very successful year for the Fort Collins Innosphere incubator with 179 high-paying jobs created [InnovatioNews]
  • Supreme Court clears the way for challenge to Colorado ‘Amazon tax’ [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #90: Lawmakers talk drones, tech jobs and data centers

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If you’re not familiar with the tangled web that intertwines business, the tech industry and government in Colorado then that’s OK because I’m not that familiar with it either. But I know it’s there!

While big, national arguments of things like net neutrality make big headlines most government decisions that affect our industry are made at the state level. So let your state representatives know you’re paying attention!

The Colorado Technology Association does some public policy advocacy, but the more individuals we have involved, the better chance we have of getting the best help for our industry. Speaking of CTA, I’ll be at the C-Level training tonight, so if you’re there say “Hi”. Actually even if you’re not there, you can say “Hi”.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave announces software updates for three of its flagship products [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Joe Clayton to step down; Charlie Ergen to step back in [DBJ]
  • Colorado’s long-awaited drone bill up for first hearing [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Conspire takes analytical angle at professional networking [BizWest]
  • 7 hot Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Bill to encourage tech careers advances in House [Chalkbeat]
  • Colorado data centers tax-break proposal faces many hurdles [DBJ]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe announces 30-cm imagery products, highest resolution ever [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado listed as #9 in 10 most successful states for video game developers [Entrepreneur]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy launches e-commerce platform to bridge gap between utilities & consumers [SimpleEnergy]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #88: Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer

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For once, I feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. Many of this week’s articles point out great things about the software developer job market in Colorado. We have 4 cities ranked among the ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs’. The Denver Metro area is number one in aerospace employment. Software companies continue to succeed. Code schools and colleges are improving their developer education. All around, Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2015 Colorado tech job salary guide: How does your salary stack up? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Apple changes cannabis policies; Denver-based MassRoots returns to App Store! [MassRoots]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic Group coding apprenticeships aim to close workforce gap [BoulderDailyCamera]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Aventura raises $14M, T3Media announces new executives, SendGrid announces new app [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA seeking silent auction donations for C-Level [CTA]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders launching new JavaScript beginner course starting April 13 [InnovatioNews]
  • FCC, FTC chiefs urge Internet openness, security at CU conference [BizWest]
  • NerdWallet: Four Colorado cities among nation’s ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs,’ 8 of Top 10 in West [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: Denver Metro region ranks No. 1 in aerospace employment [InnovatioNews]
  • The Colorado guide to jumpstarting your coding career [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #87: Why Colorado Tech Weekly Exists and Everybody Wants to Be Here

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Last week I was featured in the below article from BuiltinColorado as someone you should follow in Twitter. It feels great to get noticed. It also makes me wonder if I am portraying the person I want to be online.

I started Colorado Tech Weekly because I wanted to stay informed about the Colorado technology industry. I want to stay informed so that when I am ready to apply for software development jobs, I know where I want to apply. I realized that I’m not the only person that can benefit from this information, so I started Colorado Tech Weekly 87 weeks ago to share this information. I’m glad I get to continue this newsletter and I’m thrilled whenever I find out that people get value from these posts.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 50 Colorado tech CEOs, founders, designers & hackers you should follow on Twitter (Including me!) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Some of the best places to learn programming in Colorado [CTA]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Tendril grabs $7.2M, Peak changes its name, Mergelane announces its first class and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins innovates to bring technical skills to those entering digital world [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 has 1st full-year profit in 16 years; Q4 earnings beat analysts’ view [DBJ]
  • Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to give a full scholarship to a woman in tech [Galvanize]
  • The perks of interning at a startup [Windward]
  • Fort Collins and Boulder earn No. 8 and No. 9 spots on Top 10 cities to find a job in America [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver a top 10 destination for people relocating [DBJ]
  • C-Level @ A Mile High connects solution providers with tech executives in a one-of-a-kind market [CTA]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #84: Boggled by big numbers

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I hope you had a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday. After the reactions to events in Missouri, New York and Ohio in the past 6 months MLK’s words and ideas are as important now as they ever were.

In the interest of brevity and comprehension we often abbreviate numbers when talking about large amounts of money. I wonder if seeing all the zeros associated with these large sums will change our understanding:

  • Level 3 is planning a $500,000,000 debt offering.
  • Latisys just got purchased for $675,000,000.
  • Last quarter saw $342,200,000 venture capital deals in Colorado with $134,056,000 of that money going to tech companies.

That’s a lot of zeros. I’m not sure writing out the numbers helped my comprehension at all.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2014 CEO of the Year finalists include CEOs from 7 Colorado tech companies [CoBizMag]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 plans $500M debt offering [BizWest]
  • Why Boulder’s Zayo is Paying $675M for Latisys [DatacenterKnowledge]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed Martin exemplifies 2 themes in Hickenlooper’s State of the State address [DBJ]
  • Vail cell, wireless service improved [VailDaily]
  • Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas [DBJ]
  • Boulder companies dominate Colorado’s 4th-quarter VC deals [BizWest]
  • Wayin Powers Gov. Hickenlooper’s #StateOfKind Challenge [Wayin]
  • CenturyLink realigns execs, continues pokey roll out of 1 gig Internet in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Denver scores No. 6 ranking on NerdWallet list of ‘Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2015′ [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #83: More predictions! More jobs! Fewer CES stories!

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It’s the Monday after the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and I only have one CES related story! I think Wayin’s Jamey Wood might be on to something in the below BuiltinColorado article “What’s next for Colorado tech in 2015” when he says Colorado should get more involved in the physical realm. More robotics! More devices! I’m all for it!

Until then, I guess we’ll just have to deal with only having more jobs and more optimism. That works just fine for me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Security Pursuit opens Lafayette office [BuiltinColorado]
  • How Boulder-based Uvize combines college prep and mentorship for student veterans [BuiltinColorado]
  • What’s next for Colorado tech in 2015, including Governor Hickenlooper, a venture capitalist, a founder and a CTO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Recruitment Strategies: How Denver’s Signpost tripled its sales team in Denver this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network’s Sling TV wins big at CES [DBJ]
  • Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy’s 2015 predictions [SimpleEnergy]
  • Denver luxury box broker SuiteHop hiring in 2015 with $1M in new funding [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Health care IT scholarships available from the Colorado Health Information Management Systems Society [CSBJ]
  • Four Colorado storylines to watch as 2015 gets underway [Xconomy]

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  1. 1/14 – 1 Million Cups Denver – CivicData & Flowh
  2. 1/14 – CIGDA – One game a month
  3. 1/14 – CTA – 101 Luncheon
  4. 1/14 – DJUG – Holiday Party
  5. 1/14 – Full Stack Meetup – Physical computing and creative coding for the masses. #OhHeckYeah
  6. 1/14 – Reed Group – Job Fair
  7. 1/14 – Refresh Denver – Alexander Diner & Mike Cummings, Partners @ Young & Hungry
  8. 1/15 – BDNT – New Tech Denver
  9. 1/15 – NetApp User Group – Tech OnTap Live: Denver
  10. 1/15 – Girl Develop It – [DENVER] Get involved with Girl Develop It
  11. 1/17 – DaVinci Coders – Swift Developers Workshop
  12. 1/17-1/18 – Girl Develop It – BOULDER: Intermediate HTML & CSS / Intro to Responsive
  13. 1/20 – All Things API – Scott Feinberg: Developer Evangelist at WePay
  14. 1/20 – Geospatial Amateurs –The Ugly, Bad, and the Good: An Evening of Web artography
  15. 1/20 – WomenWhoCode – (Boulder) Mobile Study Group + Talk
  16. 1/20 – WomenWhoCode – (Denver) Technical Interview Skills: Behavioral Preparation

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Colorado Tech Weekly #82: Let’s get 2015 going

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It’s the first full week of 2015! The kids go back to school this week. The holidays are wrapped up ( Get it? “Wrapped up” cuz there were presents and… ok you know what, nevermind) and it’s time to set our sights on the new year!

With some time off between classes, I have two projects I want to get going. I’ve started a Ruby app to clean up the list of accounts I’m following on Twitter. It’s not pretty code, but it works and it’s a start. Because of it, I found that over 1000 of the accounts I follow haven’t had any activity in over 6 months which is a little crazy. I’m also making an app to make report writing easier on the cops I work with.

2015 is also the year I get out and start meeting people! I’ll be at the CTA C-Level volunteer kick-off next Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

What do you have going on for 2015?

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo Group CEO Dan Caruso discloses re-emergence of cancer [DBJ]
  • Steve Porter looks back on year filled with new innovation, new investment and new incubation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder mom and daughter kick off iPhone case company at CES [TechKnowBytes]
  • 5 Colorado startups to help you make the most out of 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Suma Nallapati, Colorado Secretary of Technology [InnovatioNews]
  • 5 cutting edge tech companies making Colorado their second home [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado AG reaches $2M settlement with Douglas County-based Dish over price hikes [DBJ]
  • Denver’s FullContact introduces Version 2.0 for Java [FullContact]
  • Golden-based NREL provides support for microgrid projects aimed at reducing electric grid outages [InnovatioNews]
  • Zayo’s IPO, Datalogix, Orion Launch Highlight Last Quarter of ’14 [Xconomy]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #81: Crystal Ball. Lego Block. Business Triangle?

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I was trying to go for some sort of shape theme for my headline. I’m not sure I did it right.  I’m not sure I did it right.I don’t know about you, but my living room is a mess with new Legos. It’s that weird “work week” between Christmas and New Years where you can’t get any momentum to get things accomplished but you don’t feel right bringing your new Sega Genesis emulator to work and just playing around all day either.

I hope your holidays were filled with better than expected family time, gifts and reactions to gifts. Since focusing on the present is difficult let’s look into the future with 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015:

  1. WellTok gets some local competition in health tech: Welltok seems to be the Colorado leader in healthcare tech in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, wearables, security fears and better cloud services health tech will change a lot but will not grow in a huge way. This will allow smaller and newer companies to step in to the health tech industry.
  2. Colorado’s information security industry doubles: Looking through my 2014 posts I mentioned over a dozen Colorado-based information security companies. I didn’t realize there were so many! The 2014 headlines about chain-store security breaches,state-sponsored industrial espionage, and NSA overreach is putting the focus on information security and these Colorado companies will benefit greatly.
  3. “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize: In 2014 Galvanize expanded to Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. Its growth not only kept up with the pace of the growth of the startup community, it probably also helped to push the expansion of Colorado’s startup community. In 2015 the next big thing will come from Galvanize. I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be cool.

Happy New Year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The road to municipal Internet: Boulder benefits from Longmont’s journey [DailyCamera]
  • FASTG8 launched in Carbondale by Adconion founder Tyler Moebius to help retailers drive online shopping [InnovatioNews]
  • iTriage, StackExchange, Quick Left and Sovrn are a few of the Colorado startups giving back this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • The top 3 digital marketing and social media trends in 2015 [Room214]
  • Golden-based NREL’s Peregrine supercomputer honored by two magazines with Editor’s Choice awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Oracle to buy Denver’s Datalogix, expand in online advertising services [DBJ]
  • Bike to work? CDOT to expand Colorado website with local trail information [DBJ]
  • Hour of Code opens window for students across Douglas County [YourHub]
  • Denver-based PaySimple gathers the best small business predictions for 2015 [PaySimple]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity hires Ed Murray, David Packer to lead company in engineering and sales [InnovatioNews]

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