Colorado Tech Weekly #149 (Now with 30% MORE FUN): Fun Robots and Last CTW with a Podcast

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As I’m typing this I’m watching an episode of Sword Art Online after spending a good part of the weekend making a game for the Ludum Dare Jam. I want to work as a developer because I think writing code is fun! I also do these blog posts because I enjoy learning, and sharing, about the Colorado tech community. So, let’s have some fun with it!

So, fun things:

  • The Ludum Dare Jam ends at 7pm tonight. I should have my game “Zorg’s Crash Landing” posted somewhere on the interwebz by then. A big thanks to my daughter, Ashlynn, who gave me the inspiration for the game.
  • I will be meeting soon with my current boss to implement my Trespass Notice System app. It’s my first Ruby on Rails app and it’s all done except the password recovery portion of it.
  • In my pursuit of my dream job, I recently bought a Sphero SPRK and have started a big long post reviewing most of the Sphero-related apps in the Google Play store. Look for that to be posted fairly soon.

Things that haven’t been fun:

  • The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast turned out to be less fun and more work than I thought it would be. Being a part of a podcast still sounds like a blast, so if you want to talk Colorado tech I am all for it but the CTW Podcast in its current form will not be continuing after today.
  • Cable TV: I don’t remember the last time we changed the channel on our cable box. Now that we added Amazon Prime along with our current Netflix subscription and live sports have become less of a priority in our house, it’s time to ditch the cable box.

Podcast Version: Click here to listen to the last, longest (and probably the best) episode of the Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast

Top Colorado Technology News

  • AVC and Niwot-based SparkFun – fueling DIY fun! [DenverMakerFaire]
  • University of Denver program looks to bridge cybersecurity skills gap [Xconomy]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s AUTOPAY [BuiltinColorado]
  • Facing slower and lower funding, Colorado tech adapts to a new environment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Visibl raises $1.5M, rebrands to Brandzooka [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Surrey Satellite and Boston’s BridgeSat partner to develop free space optical communications system [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Colorado springs focused on being cybersecurity industry hub [DenverPost]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor Releases Alexa Skill on Amazon Echo [HomeAdvisor]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics sponsors Regional FIRST Robotics Competition [ArrowElectronics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #136: Leadership Changes and More Dev Schools

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The main reason I share stories about funding amounts and leadership changes in tech companies is because you can learn a lot by a company by paying attention to their leadership. Company culture starts at the top. The traits of a company’s executives and founders is found throughout their companies. Curious about a company? Look at their leaders.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech News Roundup: Slice of Lime acquired, Cloud Elements raises $5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Bill Adkins, campus director of Boulder-based CodeCraft [InnovatioNews]
  • Harris Morris Named Chairman of Denver’s Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Gamers on Valve’s Steam getting gigabit kick from Broomfield’s Level 3 [Tech+]
  • Denver-based Aspenware launches public beta of Aventeer, an all-in-one marketplace and platform [CTA]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies that give back all year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Datavail’s $47.3 million tops Colorado’s 4Q venture-capital deals list [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Photobucket replaces CEO and other top executives [Tech+]
  • Dev school General Assembly expands to Denver, classes to start in February [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity names Robb Reck as CSIO [InnovatioNews]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #134: Colorado Tech Takes a Look Back.. But I Want To Jump Forward!

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I’m not sure about you but I’m ready to get this year started! Most people got a 4 day weekend to start the year and I’m ready to get it moving.

The articles for this week’s CTW are still looking back at last year, which is good because it gives us a launching point for this year. We also have a full slate of 10 upcoming events that all look like excellent uses of time so go check them out!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Your guide to starting a career as a developer in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Terma Software reports 2015 will be highest revenue year ever [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s IHS acquires Canadian vehicle history company [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Fruition introduces new tools, earns awards in 2015 [Fuition]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $1B in 2015: Here were the 5 biggest rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • DBJ Year in Review: 2015’s best and worst Colorado tech stocks [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado is back for 2016! [ColoradoOIT]
  • Boulder-based SportsLabs to provide CFP Gameday app for college football champion games [InnovatioNews]
  • The new years resolutions of 7 Colorado tech companies’ CEOs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire establishes fund to honor late CEO [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #133: Is ‘I don’t know’ a valid prediction?

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I normally don’t put too much thought into what I write in these paragraphs before the headlines but since I promised predictions I should deliver. I’ve had a hard time figuring out what my predictions should be but I think I figured out a way to make sense of this. So without further ado (I’ve never been a fan of too much ado), my predictions for Colorado tech in 2016 in no particular order:

  • Dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016: I am in no way saying that dev schools are just hype. I think they’re great! I’ve seen many people in Colorado succeed because of dev schools and I watch them with envy while I plug away at my CS degree part time (only 2 year to go!). I’m just saying the hype and excitement around dev schools reaches crazy-pants levels next year.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life: There’s a funny thing about personal technology. It’s sold as this great, ground-breaking thing but it is always treated as something “in the future” that seems unreachable. Then one day you look around and that unreachable, ground-breaking technology is everywhere! That day will happen for IoT next year.
  • Cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements: Speaking of unreachable, ground-breaking technology, a lot has to happen for those promises to come to fruition. Next year there will be great improvements in these areas, but unless you’re following them closely you won’t really notice.
  • Colorado tech will see constant growth: Speaking of things we don’t notice (I’m getting pretty good at these transitions), the Colorado tech community will continue to grow at a steady pace. This is awesome but since we tune things out when they’re constant, people won’t really notice. I haven’t decided yet if that’s good or bad yet.

I have typed entirely too much here. Here’s the news. Happy new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s LogRhythm is finalist for two SC Magazine Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Faction doubles down on expansion After $6M round [Xconomy]
  • Englewood-based Cybergy Partners taps Terrence DiVittorio as new president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire being acquired for $870M in cash [DenverPost]
  • Colorado CIOs plan to add, fill tech jobs in 2016 [DBJ]
  • Tim Spark reviews his time at the Westminster-based DaVinci Coders Bootcamp [TimSpark]
  • Get to know Denver’s PaySimple better with an inside look at our culture [PaySimple]
  • Get to know Boulder-based Greystone by the numbers [GreystoneTech]
  • Yelp Security Head Joins Denver’s Gamma 2 Robotics’ Advisory Board [Gamma2Robotics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #132: Zayo does good, FullContact makes a good purchase and I make good predictions!

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Last year I made 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015, let’s see how i did (SPOILER ALERT: I did pretty good):

  1. I predicted that WellTok gets some local competition in health tech and I NAILED IT! Check out the stories below about Catalyst and the interview with Tom Highley in the Confluence Denver article to see how well I nailed this one.
  2. I predicted that Colorado’s information security industry doubles. Anytime you quantify a prediction, there’s a good chance you can’t prove you got it right. The information security industry has definitely grown in Colorado, but I can’t say if it doubled. 2014 saw the first big data breaches. I think 2015 is the year companies try to fix things themselves. I think 2016 will see a lot more of security companies providing more services to other companies. Security companies aren’t that loud so it’s hard to make good predictions about them. I generously give myself half credit.
  3. I predicted that “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize. I was thinking that a startup that got its start in Galvanize would make a big splash so in that regard, I got this wrong. However, Galvanize seemed to focus a lot more on developer education than startups. Developer boot camps are definitely a huge deal but I can’t give myself credit for getting this one right.

Next week look for my 2016 predictions! They will not be as nearly as expansive as FreeWave’s predictions in their article below.

Also speaking of spoilers, I have not seen the new Stars Wars yet. I’m going to see it tomorrow. I am very impressed and thankful for all the people I follow on Twitter who have seen the movie at least once and have not spoiled it for me. You all rock. Merry Christmas and may the force be with you!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s SolidFire receives three ‘Best in Biz Awards’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver cloud infrastructure firm Faction raises $6M [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Zayo wins Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal [Zayo]
  • Meghan Saylor describes the 4 stages of a Flying Trapeze that is career change [QuickLeft]
  • An exclusive inside peek at 3 of Colorado tech’s most successful (and swankiest) offices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies makes bold predictions for IIoT in 2016 [FreeWave Technologies]
  • Denver’s Catalyst Health Tech Innovation adds two new tenants to its campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based contact management software maker FullContact buys Dallas’s nGame [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015 [Confluence Denver]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm appoints tech veteran Daniel Wilbricht to head federal sales [InnovatioNews]

Upcoming Events

  • 12/25 – Christmas (There are no tech events between 12/23 and 12/29)

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Colorado Tech Weekly #131: At Least 3 Reasons to Be a Software Developer in Colorado

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Welcome to The Last Real Week of Work in 2015! It’s the last week in the year without a holiday which means it’s really the last week of the year where your coworkers will have any focus (That is, if you don’t count Friday “OMG Star Wars!!!”). Of course it’s THEM who aren’t focused. You’re still working hard. I’ll put in a good word with your boss for you.

This is one of those weeks that reaffirms my belief in my goal of becoming a software developer here. We have companies here that make awesome things. The pay is high. Companies want to come here. Oh and that’s not including all the other reasons why it’s great to just be living in Colorado.

The upcoming events are getting a little sparse because it’s the end of the year, so if you know of anyNext week I will be reviewing my 2015 predictions for 2016.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SnapLogic, with offices in Boulder, snaps up $37.5M to expand internationally, continue hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • No contest: Boulder-based Congo.io changes name to Lawbooth [BizWest]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor to open offices in Indianapolis and downtown Denver [CTA]
  • Austin, Denver score high in U.S. list of software engineer pay [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado robotics companies building the future of robots [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 out of state companies explain why they moved to Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Charlie Ergen to relinquish president role [DenverPost]
  • New Compute Colorado Task Force aims to prepare students for Colorado tech jobs [YourHub]
  • Seattle-area IT company Apptio opens Denver engineering center [DBJ]
  • Ft. Collin’s based Turbo Tenant marks national launch [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #130: Writing and Programming

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Last month was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month). I was challenged by a friend to participate. She got about 20k words of the 50k word challenge written. I wrote… zero.

I planned and brainstormed. I explored characters and settings. However I didn’t write any of the story because it seemed so… daunting. It’s amazing how similar programming is to writing. To succeed at either one, you need plenty of focus, passion and organization. I hope you find yours for this week. I’m still looking for my focus. I’m pretty sure I put it around here somewhere.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado CTOs you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Every week is Computer Science Education Week for Denver non-profit, Open World Learning [CTA]
  • Lockheed Martin expands offices in Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Kickfurther set to pitch at Consumer Electronics Show in Extreme Tech Challenge [BizWest]
  • Where’s Santa on Christmas Eve? Broomfield-based Level 3 to help Colorado Springs-based NORAD track St. Nick [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok bolsters growth with $45M funding, Silverlink Acquisition [Xconomy]
  • Meet Broomfield-based Conga’s CEO – Matt Schiltz! [Conga]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Fort Collins: Noisapp [Tech+]
  • Denver/Boulder Hour of Code & Computer Science Ed Week events [Tech+]
  • Boomtown’s 4th class includes 6 Boulder startups [Boulderopolis]

Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #121: Hey! You put Startups in my Tech!

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Hey! There’s tech in my startups!

I’ve come to the conclusion there is no way to pay attention to Colorado tech news without diving in deep to the Colorado startup news. They’re completely intertwined. Last week was Denver Startup Week, this coming weekend is Western Colorado Startup Weekend and the amount of technology-centric businesses involved with these events is amazing. They are great ways to find out what is going on in the Colorado tech community.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • ULA notches 100th straight successful space launch [DBJ]
  • SendGrid listed as one of the most popular APIs used at hackathons [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Denver-based Ibotta announces $40M in new funding, a big new office and tons of hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s fast-growing tech startups cautiously optimistic [DenverPost]
  • 10,000 people registered for Denver Startup Week Events [CTA]
  • Denver-based Active Junky acquired by New York-based Purch [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Evolving Systems acquires Sixth Sense Media for $10M [InnovatioNews]
  • Qualcomm laying off 158 in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Signpost, FareHarbor, ZenPayroll talk growth at Denver Startup Week [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup (end of the) Week winner roundup & resources [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #120: TeamSnap, Wayin, Denver Startup Week

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The organizations mentioned in my headline have taken a few of the things I have done and made them successful and awesome. I helped found a figure skating club. TeamSnap would have been an amazing tool for the club and probably still would be. I’ve spent the past 2+ years combing social media for people and organizations related to the Colorado tech community. Wayin could probably find that in 10 minutes. And I spent 2 years struggling to run my own business. Pay attention to the right people at Denver Startup Week and you can learn every lesson I learned plus 10 more within a week. I guarantee you it will also be more fun.

I have an interview for a promotion tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield-based Webroot and Lynx Software form strategic partnership to enhance IoT cyber protection [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpireMedia drops Media, adds Digital to name, invites everyone to a party [Tech+]
  • Game On! Announcing the 2016 Code Wars Hackathon [Windward]
  • 5 jobs openings that are guaranteed to be more exciting than your current job [BuiltinColorado]
  • Finalists announced for BizWest’s 2015 IQ Awards [BlackSquareTechnologies]
  • Denver-based Wayin raises $15.4 Million to offer brands the provable power to persuade and engage consumers [Wayin]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap to add league services, double user base after $10M funding [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week – where to begin? Advice from those in the know [DenverPost]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • What Denver Startup Week events are for me? [QuickLeft]

Upcoming Events

It turns out the Hack the Arts Hackfest was last week. Thanks to the QuickLeft Twitter account for noticing.

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What I’ve learned about the Colorado tech community after Year 2 of CTW

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2 years ago, on June 16, I posted my first Colorado Tech Weekly. A year ago I reflected on what I learned so I figured since I’m still going and the last reflection was fun I’d do it again.

5 things I’ve learned in no particular order

  • You need style AND substance to succeed – Colorado is a tech startup hub and opportunities for growth and new businesses are everywhere. To succeed, you need style. You need marketing, PR and a supportive and fervent community of fans. However this is not enough. The successful companies are the ones that also have solid products and services. Without both, your startup will not succeed here.
  • A good idea does not guarantee success – This follows up on my first point. Last year I lamented how Twitter may not have been the best way to keep track of Colorado technology companies since I can only follow 2,001. I found a way to cull my following list to accounts that are only active and while doing that I have found plenty of Twitter accounts for tech companies that no longer exist. They were good ideas, but they just didn’t work out.
  • There’s a huge difference between writing code and making apps – Taking the college education route I’ve learned a lot about programming theory, data structures and how to write code. Making an app, whether that means a web app, mobile app or any other software, is a whole other animal. It requires more than just writing code.
  • Colorado Tech journalism is getting better – When I first started Colorado Tech Weekly I posted 5 national news stories and 5 Colorado news stories because I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find enough Colorado news stories. Now every week I sort through 70-100 articles to get it down to the 10 articles I post. It can be very overwhelming, and that is awesome.
  • Building is fun. Maintaining is harder. – Startups are fun because they’re new and exciting! It’s hard work, but you get to experiment with new ways of doing things and try new ideas. It’s when you get something set up that the maintenance starts. Whether it’s starting a company, owning a home or writing a weekly newsletter, it’s the maintenance that makes the difference.

Numbers:

  • My site receives around 1,000 visits per month. About 125 of those come from Colorado.
  • 2,435 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list with 34 people subscribed to it. That’s almost 1,000 more on the list than last year.
  • I am subscribed to 221 Colorado tech news sources including news sites and company websites as well as blogs written by local developers and organizations.

Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts in the past year:

  1. Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations
  2. Colorado Tech Weekly #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News
  3. Colorado Tech Weekly #63: A meme, some money and my school
  4. Colorado Tech Weekly #99: Is Colorado the best place for women in tech?
  5. Colorado Tech Weekly #94: All About Denver, Security and Maybe Even Google Fiber?

Top 5 most mentioned companies:

  1. Zayo Group
  2. LogRhythm
  3. QuickLeft
  4. Level 3
  5. Wayin

Where do I go from here?

  • I said it last year and I’ll say it again now, I will be better at posting project updates and general blog posts. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.
  • Let’s revamp the site! As much as I enjoy back-end web development I need to know some front-end web development to show off my projects. Like I said when I tried to teach myself UX, if I want people to use the apps I make, I need to make them easy to use. So why not practice where it counts?
  • Site Maintenance: I need to kick the tires, check the oil and replace the gaskets on this site. I need to make sure my content matches who I am and that it’s easy to read.

Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them. Let’s do this again in a year!