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]

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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!

Colorado Tech Weekly #104: If I already knew how to do it, it wouldn’t be called learning

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This week my Computation Theory homework kicked my ass. I learned there are 2 ways to find the intersection of 2 languages. There’s the hard way and the easy way. Without realizing until the end of the week, I had chosen to use the hard way to do my homework. Sometimes that’s how you learn. I always tell my daughter this when she’s struggling with homework so I might as well tell myself:

“If you already knew how to do it, it would’t be called learning.”

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Trendy tech bootcamps reach out to veterans, with support from VA [DenverPost]
  • Making the most of the midlevel: Tech community goes beyond startups [DenverPost]
  • Englewood-based IHS reappoints Jerre Stead as CEO following resignation of Scott Key [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings Colorado coders and developers need to check out [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Download – APEX Awards nominations are open + Join our Foundation’s internship cohort [CTA]
  • Force is Strong With Boulder-based Orbotix: $45M in Funding from Mercato, Disney [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Layer3’s pay TV service to launch this year, raises $51 million [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue [BizWest]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot sees 40% growth to small, medium biz users [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #96: My Team is a GoCodeColorado Finalist!

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I signed up for GoCodeColorado because I like the spirit of the competition and just to try out my programming skills outside of homework. I figured it would be a good first experience, a good way to see what a hackathon is like. I ended up in a dynamic, diverse team that is one of 2 finalist groups from the Denver GoCodeColorado challenge!

Our idea is called MentorMatter. The site will make it easy for college students to connect with potential industry mentors. If you want to see some of the reasons why this idea is such a success for Colorado, just check out the first 2 top technology headlines.

If I thought I was excited and scared last week, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Thanks for the good luck last week! WE WON!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The simple secret to Colorado’s startup community success [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Giving back to improve education [CTA]
  • Colorado offers money for 903 new jobs — and may land Accuvant HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver startup ProtectWise uses cloud to create safety in numbers [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Tech Download April – C-Level wraps while our Foundation kicks off its summer internship program [CTA]
  • 8 Colorado tech companies you should intern with [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software adds Elizabeth Salomon as CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s data-centers tax break still alive, student-loan repayment tax break dead [DBJ]
  • The 10 highest paying programming languages: Ten more reasons to learn to code [DaVinciCoders]
  • Webolutions named top Denver website design agency for 14th straight year [Webolutions]

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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]

Upcoming Events

  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 #78: It’s Computer Science Education Week! Woohoo!

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Woohoo! It’s Computer Science Education Week! Last year I volunteered to help out with the Hour of Code at my daughter’s elementary school. It was a blast. So this year I get to be in charge of the Hour of Code at the school so we’re cranking it up a notch. Forget ONE hour of code, we’re doing FIVE hours of code. One hour each day. I’m so excited!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • STEM-focused Metro State University of Denver earns spot on national approved college list [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Rally reports 3Q loss while setting revenue record [BizWest]
  • Google made staying in Boulder priority in expansion quest [BizWest]
  • Vista Equity Partners leads $35 million investment in Broomfield-based Return Path to accelerate growth in email [ReturnPath]
  • InnovatioNews launches new Talent section to spotlight how companies manage talent for growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SendGrid raises $20M, plots new strategy for new markets [Xconomy]
  • Littleton-based 5280 Prosthetics gives amputees first-ever smartphone connection to artificial limbs [InnovatioNews]
  • Jobs may come to Colorado Springs from joint venture between Colorado Springs-based defense contractors Delta Solutions & Strategies and Apogee Engineering [Gazette]
  • More Denver-area CIOs plan to add IT workers in early 2015 [DBJ]
  • Orion: Colorado leaders celebrate successful mission (Video) [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #73: Mad Geniuses, Ty Lawson and GO VOTE!

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Tomorrow is Election Day! It should be a holiday, but for some weird reason it’s not. Make sure that you vote! Even better would be doing some research, and then voting.

Whether your interest is in startups, technology jobs or STEM education, you need to make sure your voice is heard at every level of government. GO VOTE!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Cloud Elements on growing up, moving out, and spending $3.1M [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 secrets of Boulder-based SolidFire’s Colorado success [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s “Mad Geniuses” take on Pandora in quest to create online radio magic [Xconomy]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders earns state OK to become newest certified occupational school [InnovatioNews]
  • APEX Conference to showcase top technology leaders in Colorado [CTA]
  • Denver Nuggets star basketball player Ty Lawson launches Denver-based Bottles Waiting app to reshape, enhance nightclub experience [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements Learns from developer users and offers single API integration [Tech Cocktail]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 deal for TW Telecom closes, creating $28 billion business data company [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s TrainingPeaks creates top athletes with web and mobile apps [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based BiggerPockets celebrates 10 years as the leading real estate investing network [BuiltinColorado]

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