Colorado Tech Weekly #59: Are Uber, Lyft and Drizly REALLY tech companies?

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A question that piques your interest as a headline? I think those years of reading to occasional copywriting/SEO articles are starting to pay off! Should I put my answer at the end of my blog post to make you at least glance at the rest of it before satisfying your curiosity? Oooh how devious!

I won’t do that though because you value your time and I don’t want to waste it. The answer is: No! Uber, Lyft and Drizly are not tech companies. Yes they are mentioned in tech podcasts and the technology sections of news outlets, but they’re not tech companies. Uber and Lyft are transportation companies. Drizly is a delivery company. They all just happen to use apps and websites. I can order pizza from Dominos from an app or a website but that does not make Dominos a tech company.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Aspen Institute to host Aug. 10-13 roundtable discussion in Aspen on ideas to strengthen Internet [InnovatioNews]
  • On-demand alcohol delivery via Drizly’s smartphone app comes to Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder security firm LogRhythm raises $40M, eyes future IPO [CTA]
  • Business of Coding: Ingrid Alongi, Co-Founder and CEO Consulting at Boulder’s Quick Left talks about the startup world and her career as a female in the programming world (PODCAST) [QuickLeft]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity unveils mobile app, strategy for “Post-Password Era” [Xconomy]
  • Boulder personal cloud app younity teams up with GoPro in a game-changing marketing move [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 things to know about LogRhythm’s $40 million round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 selected to provide services to connect Homeland Security sites in U.S. [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s HOSTING Recognized in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting [CTA]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar exec leaves to launch software startup in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #27: Always working. Usually focused.

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December is over halfway over which means my free-time to do my own project is coming to a close. I had planned on spending my time learning the basics of UX design and updating my website. Well it turns out there’s a whole lot more to UX design than I realized. I’ve also spent a good amount of my time doing transcription for a client I found on Elance.com. I’ve learned some good lessons, just not the lessons I had planned on learning.

Local News

  • ColoradoBiz magazine names Westminster-based SpotXchange Top Company of 2013 [CTA]
  • Almost there, Sprint 4G LTE network launch in Denver could be “a few weeks” away [TechKnowBytes]
  • Never fun news. Beatport cuts Denver staff, closes San Francisco office [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Younity adds ephemeral file sharing, which sounds as cool as it is [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Zerista’s apps approach conferences and events from a community angle [BuiltinColorado]
  • By next summer, Colorado Springs-based Exelis Mission Systems will have fewer employees, a different name and a different mission [DBJ]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles 4 Colorado tech CEOs you don’t know (but should) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado explores online gambling as virtual and mobile casinos boom [DenverPost]

National News

  • Supreme Court to decide on patent protections for software [Reuters]
  • Internet giants that make money by tracking us unite to fight government surveillance [DBJ]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.