Dawn Kawamoto

Dawn Kawamoto is the associate editor of Dice. She is an award-winning technology and business reporter, previously working for such publications as CNET's News.com where she reported on a wide range of sectors from enterprise software to mobile computing to Internet darlings and the funding that fueled their growth. In 2002, she was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for coverage on Oracle's sales practices.

Are PaaS Skills Still in Demand?

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Cloud specialists placing a premium on Platform as a Service skills may be wondering if it’s such a smart approach. A recent report by the 451 Research Group raises the question of whether PaaS will eventually morph into one of two cloud sectors – Software as a Service or Infrastructure as a Service, reports Network World. It was just two years ago that some cloud specialists declared that IaaS had become a commodity and PaaS was the place to be… continue…

Social Media Fails as a Job Performance Indicator

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Although employers and recruiters are increasingly relying on job seekers’ social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions, a recent study by Florida State University found no correlation between job performance and the pics and posts on a candidate’s profile, says Business Insider. In the study, 86 recruiters reviewed the Facebook profile, photos and wall of 416 college students who were on the hunt for a full-time job. Each recruiter then rated the ability of five students to find… continue…

Silicon Valley Wage Growth Leads the Country

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If you work in Silicon Valley, chances are you made more money in 2013 than you did in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties saw an increase in average weekly wages during the second quarter last year compared to the same period of 2012. Wages in San Mateo County increased 8 percent year-over-year. Workers across the country, in a variety of industries, will likely see a 3.7 percent increase in salaries… continue…

Wearables the Next Big Market for App Developers

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If the fledging wearables market becomes anything like the smartphone market, mobile game developers may find themselves creating a new category of titles, according to Reuters. New “micro-engagement” games of 30 to 90 seconds may emerge, specifically tailored to wearable devices from smartwatches to bracelets, from cameras to Google glasses. Juniper Research estimates that there were roughly 87,000 global shipments of wearable “smart glasses” during 2013. By the time 2018 rolls around, the company expects to see 10 million units… continue…

Some Recruiters Demand Social Network Connections

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Some recruiters are instructing job seekers to add them to their social networks if they want help finding work, but some candidates are pushing back. “One recruiter said that if I wanted the job, I had to add him to my social network,” recounts Benjamin Weiss, who’s been an Android developer for four years. “That was so arrogant. I already had a good job and I’m good at what I do, so why should I have to add him to… continue…

‘CaaS’ Moves Cognition Toward the Mainstream

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If you’re among the crush of people at CES in Las Vegas, keep an eye out in case Yi Li has a camera pointed at you. Her startup Orbeus, an API platform company for recognition software, is launching new features for its ReKognition API product that produces not only facial recognition, but scenes. Eventually, it will recognize landmarks and logos. Li’s Mountain View, Calif., company offers recognition APIs and SDKs to third party developers. It’s one of the increasing number… continue…

How Valve’s Culture Sets It Apart

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Like any other game company, Steam’s creator Valve faced challenges in recruiting talent during its early days. As a solution, CEO and Co-Founder Gabe Newell decided to focus on building a strong culture with unique practices. Recently, Newell told the Washington Post that his Bellevue, Wash., company has created a culture of management systems without managers, unlimited vacation and sick time, allowing workers to take on more than one role, and embracing out-of-the-box thinking. The strategy has paid off. Valve’s… continue…

Pre-Employment Credit Check Hits Tech Workers Hard

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Technology job candidates are among the most likely to be screened with pre-employment credit checks, so they may be particularly interested in a proposal in Congress that would bar employers from using such checks during the hiring process. According to a random survey of 544 human resource professionals, 87 percent say job candidates with responsibility for technology, as well as fiduciary and financial responsibility, are subject to pre-employment credit screening. Oracle, for one, has previously come under fire for its… continue…

Transact-SQL Grows in Popularity

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People with Transact-SQL skills may find themselves increasingly popular. During 2013, those skills showed the most growth among programming languages on the TIOBE index. Transact-SQL is a key piece if interaction with Microsoft SQL Server, because all applications must send Transact-SQL statements to communicate with them. Although Transact-SQL posted the largest gain over the previous year when it comes to coders searching for programming languages, its increase was not a huge jump like other programming languages have seen in previous… continue…

Startup Hiring Expected to Grow, Funding Crunch Overblown

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Despite expectations that a tsunami-like wave of angel funded startups would be stranded last year due to a Series A funding crunch, that massive crunch never materialized, says Adley Bowden, senior director of analysis for PitchBook.  “There was a sky is falling attitude, but it did not happen,” Bowden says. startupAnd in 2014, there is talk that this funding crunch will migrate to companies who are seeking their Series B funding. But Bowden is discounting those fears too. “VCs have… continue…