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]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #129: It’s Cyber-Small-Business-Shop-Local Monday!

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One of the cool things about Colorado being a great place for tech startups is that we can get all the shopping “holidays” in one day!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based SendGrid names two more new members to its leadership team [InnovatioNews]
  • How Colorado tech gives back for the holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies [DenverPost]
  • Colorado tech tackles your gift list: 6 innovative gifts that’ll run less than $100 [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado startups reveal the secrets to their successful Kickstarter campaigns [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph’s LulzBot TAZ 5 rated best overall 3D printer by Make Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • DaVinci Institute moves startup space, coding school to Westminster [DBJ]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: DispatchHealth [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s Rapt Media wins gold Stevie Award in 2015 Stevie Awards for Women in Business [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group to buy Canada’s 4th largest telecom [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #127: Mostly Boulder, Mostly Wednesday

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5 of this week’s headlines mention Boulder companies. 5 of the upcoming events listed happen on Wednesday and I’m not sure which one I would choose to go to because they all look like great events!

Learn what Microsoft is doing with CONNECT(); // 2015? Make better Android apps with Denver Droids? Learn how to actually deploy a web app with FRPUG? Figure out how to sell myself at Galvanize? Or get a little bit of everything with Tech Confluence? I have no idea which one I would go to. This is such a nice problem to have.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps to add dozens of jobs in wake of $10.6M Series B funding round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic, Workforce Boulder County to train software pros [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor targets Denver for next big project: corporate relocation [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST Awarded Better Business Bureau Torch Award [YourHub]
  • 5 innovative Colorado tech companies that are hiring at offices well outside of the big city [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado companies named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500; 3 in the top 50 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GoSpotCheck joined forces with the  World Alliance of Retail Execution and Standards (WARES) [GoSpotCheck]
  • Merged in 2014, Boulder’s Quick Left and Sprint.ly go separate ways [BizWest]
  • BuiltinColorado lists the Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group announces restructuring, $102M acquisition [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #119: Boulder, Leaves and Change

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“The only constant is change” said someone who says things that other people repeat. This is CTW #119 and by pure coincidence I drove up Highway 119 yesterday to look at the changing leaves. I also drove through Boulder to come back home after driving through the mountains. It also appears that most of our tech news this week goes through Boulder.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo returns to profit for fourth quarter [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s Star Command Galaxies Steam Early Access released! [WarBalloon]
  • How Stream moved from Amsterdam to Boulder to build an SaaS company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 cuts jobs, won’t say how many [DenverPost]
  • Baltimore firm completes buyout of Boulder software company, Proposal Software [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based cannabis market data firm, BDS Analytics, raises $1.5 million [DBJ]
  • Denver IT company Tectonic raises $2M [DBJ]
  • Sleep through your commute: 5 jobs where you can ride the train to work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder team sports app TeamSnap raises $10 million [Tech+]
  • Zenpayroll, with offices in Denver, adds health, workers comp service, plans to grow as Gusto [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #111: Made-to-Order Hackathons, EAGLE-Net Gets a Reboot and DaVinci Will Move to Westminster

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Lord of the RIngs has dragons, elves and an entire world that is completely made up, but one of the most creative things to come out of that story for me is the number “eleventy-one”. I love that this is CTW number eleventy-one.

It seems like almost every week I’m excited for the stories I share. I’m very excited to see EAGLE-Net get a reboot with Zayo. EAGLE-Net is a project to get better internet access to public places in rural parts of Colorado. Doing anything with technology on a large scale over a large area is difficult to do correctly. I have confidence in Zayo. I wish them luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire calls for makers to present at Oct. 9-11 event at RMCIT [InnovatioNews]
  • Golden Police to add drone to department’s tool kit [YourHub]
  • FCC poised to reject Douglas County-based Dish Network’s $3.3 billion airwaves discount [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute moving headquarters from Louisville to Westminster [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics now letting customers order up a hackathon [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s Evolution Digital buys Chicago TV-tech firm [Tech+]
  • FCC signs off on AT&T’s $48.5B buy of Dish competitor DirecTV [DBJ]
  • New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group Holdings to oversee and support EAGLE-Net Alliance [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #108: I Need More Ways To Say “Growing”

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This week has all the signs of growth in the Colorado tech community. We have a Colorado connection partnership which I always love seeing, two acquisitions for Colorado companies and the other normal signs of growth. I’m not complaining about the growth, I just wish I had more ways to phrase it. I think I need to start using a thesaurus.

In case you missed it, and you probably did because you were too busy celebrating Independence Day, I wrote my second “What I’ve Learned About the Colorado Tech Community” post on Friday to celebrate 2 years of Colorado Tech Weekly. I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SolidFire CEO Dave Wright Wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award [Yahoo]
  • Innovation Pavilion announces strategic partnership with Arrow Electronics [InnovationPavilion]
  • FBI investigating attack on Colorado’s Level 3 and Zayo data lines [DBJ]
  • Engineer buys Longmont building to house SVVSD robotics club [BizWest]
  • 5 Boulder tech job openings at offices with amazing locations [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 acquires cybersecurity firm Black Lotus [BizWest]
  • Littleton’s Fahrenheit IT acquires ITEC [InnovatioNews]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: FullContact [Tech+]
  • Programmatic expert Brian Kane joins Denver-based Altitude Digital Board of Directors [AltitudeDigital]
  • The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in June [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #103: It’s fun watching the people you admire succeed

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Congratulations to Rally Software for being acquired. When I first started reading about Colorado software development Rally Software was one of the first companies I heard about as a “Place you want to be.”

Congratulations to J.B. Holston for his appointment as a Dean at DU. I consider J.B. Holston to be one of the leaders of the Colorado tech startup community. I’ve only had brief encounters with him online, but he is always welcoming and willing to listen.

I love watching the people I admire succeed. It gives me hope and motivates me to continue working.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • University of Denver appoints JB Holston as Dean of School of Engineering & Computer Science [CTA]
  • Malone-backed Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable (Video) [DBJ]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe and Saab AB partner to form 3-D imagery company Vricon [BizWest]
  • Comcast begins rollout of residential 2-gig service in Colorado [CTA]
  • Ft. Collins employer Avago Technologies announces deal to buy Broadcom for $37 billion [BizWest]
  • CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M [BizWest]
  • Cybergy Labs names Terry DiVittorio as Vice President, Cyber Operations [CybergyPartners]
  • Five Colorado Springs companies honored for technology work [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • Englewood-based NewCloud Networks names Steve Foster chair of its Executive Cloud Board [InnovatioNews]
  • Zayo Group Holdings appoints two from within to be new company COOs [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #102: Winning the Go Code Colorado Challenge, Visiting Denver Comic Con… Oh and Colorado Tech News

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This past week has been amazing!! Thursday night my Go Code Colorado team, MentorMatter, was one of 3 teams that won a $25,000 contract with the State of Colorado. I worked as a developer on the team to create our site using the Meteor JavaScript framework. I had no prior knowledge of Meteor before the challenge so it was amazing to be able to re-familiarize myself with JavaScript, learn Meteor and contribute to the project all in less than a month. Phew!

This weekend my wife and I got to experience our first ever Comic Con at Denver Comic Con thanks to 2 passes I won from the CTA C-Level event (Thanks for that, by the way)! It was overwhelming, amazing, fun, crazy and amazing (yes, I know I said amazing twice). I loved that Denver Comic Con featured local game development companies and maker spaces with their own section. I would list them all, but I’m afraid I would leave some out. It was so inspiring talking to Colorado authors, artists and developers who get to make a living being creative everyday.

I could go on and on about the Go Code Colorado Challenge and Denver Comic Con and I probably will in separate blog posts, but you didn’t open this post to read about that so without further ado…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero launches new Darkside robot toy [InnovatioNews]
  • Hosting a summer intern? Join Colorado Technology Foundation’s cohort! [CTA]
  • 6 awesome tech companies in Colorado you want to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con exhibitor, Boulder-based Serenity Forge overcomes odds to mingle gaming with education (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings at Colorado tech startups that’ll exercise your creative muscles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver man hacked airliners but he can’t say what he’s learned (yet) [DBJ]
  • 5 places anybody can learn to code in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado awards three teams $25,000 contracts with Secretary of State [InnovatioNews]
  • Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, takes the helm at Denver tech startup Wayin [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #98: Photobucket acquires all the things, social pot, Apple Watch and Go Code Colorado

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Since I sort through all my news stories on Sunday so this can go out Monday morning I’m typing this up from the offices of Rally Software in Boulder! Woohoo! I’m working in a software development office writing software! My software has nothing to do with Rally Software, but that’s just the details.

Rally is awesome enough to host the Go Code Colorado Mentor Weekend. It’s an incredible experience for anyone who’s even halfway interested in the idea of starting a tech startup to benefit Colorado. I’m definitely going to have to write a separate blog post about the Go Code Colorado Challenge. I have way more to say about it then you want to read right now. Until then, the news…

Top Colorado Technology News

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Colorado Tech Weekly #97: The Force is Strong in Colorado

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3 different stories about California tech companies bringing at least part of the operations to Colorado in one week, an entire tech startup community full of people who do or do not,  new Star Wars droid thanks to a Boulder company, aerospace’s biggest show in Colorado Springs and I’m pretty sure a week doesn’t go by that you can’t find a wookie somewhere in the state. Add that to our large aerospace industry and other futuristic work in digital health, energy and robotics and we’re a canteen full of alien outlaws with really catchy music away from being Mos Eisley.

Also I may be excited about the newest Star Wars trailer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 27 tech companies named Top Workplaces of 2015 [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital announces $30M in funding, expanding in Europe [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud raises $3.2M funding round [BizWest]
  • California-based SnapLogic hiring for new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Does Google want you? Here’s what they’re searching for in Boulder [DBJ]
  • Zayo Group opens new data center in downtown Denver [DBJ]
  • San Francisco-based Recurly to open Boulder office, hire 30 by end of year [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s health exchange to spend $5.1M on IT fix [DBJ]
  • A look at Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, aerospace’s big show [DBJ]
  • Boulder bot a force in new ‘Star Wars’ entry [DenverPost]

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