Don Willmott

Don Willmott reports on the Internet, technology, and consumer electronics for a wide variety of publications and Web sites. He was Yahoo! Internet Life’s Technology Editor and also spent 14 years at PC Magazine in a variety of editorial positions. Willmott is the author of the book “PC Magazine Best of the Web” (Wiley, 2004). He lives in New York City.

Washington: Surprising Reasons Behind Promising Job Market

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What’s New This Quarter A long and miserable winter in D.C. coupled with the usual governmental tumult has left federal workers in terrible moods. According to a poll conducted by researcher Market Connections and FierceGovIT, 50 percent of government employees said recent policies were a reason to leave government work, while 39 percent said staffing issues have gotten so bad that mission-critical work is not getting done. “This level of frustration is fueled by policies and budget cuts we’ve seen… continue…

Incentives Lure More Tech Jobs to Austin

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The big tech job news in the Austin, Texas, area continues to surround Dell, which last year offered a voluntary separation package intended to weed out those who didn’t share its “passion and enthusiasm” for life as a private company. When response to the offer was tepid, Dell laid off a few thousand workers, equaling about 2 percent of its workforce. That doesn’t mean the computer maker’s stopped hiring, though. “We’re hiring in strategic areas of our business, including hardware… continue…

In New York, Optimism on Tech Hiring

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What’s New This Quarter Silicon Alley is always hungry for talent, and now it has a way of growing its own. A newly arrived “career accelerator” called  Startup Institute, similar to Manhattan-based General Assembly, is offering classes for people who want to reinvent themselves and find a way into the tech economy. Startup Institute teaches skills such as coding and marketing and gives students the cultural know-how to get along in the startup world. Director Christina Wallace says almost 90 percent… continue…

In D.C., IT Procurement Takes Center Stage

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What’s New This Quarter Washington’s very messy year came to an end with a mid-December plea from President Obama to Silicon Valley’s top executives for advice and guidance in improving the Affordable Care Act’s technological underpinnings. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the HealthCare.gov disaster is that tough questions about how the government buys and builds information technology are now a topic of serious debate. Editorial writers are calling for smarter IT buying, agile development processes, and… continue…

In Austin, Everyone (Except Dell) Seems to Be Hiring

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What’s New This Quarter Quarter 4 of 2013 was a vibrant one in Austin, beginning as Dell finally completed its $24.9 billion shareholder buyout. The newly private company is now setting out to cut costs, first offering buyouts to an unknown number of employees through a “voluntary separation program,” and then possibly following it up with layoffs affecting as many as 9,000 workers. That’s a change from February, when the company said, “We do not anticipate job eliminations as a… continue…

In Sillicon Valley, New Millionaires and Big Projects

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What’s New This Quarter Twitter’s successful IPO yielded big numbers: $1.82 billion in cash, 1,600 new millionaires and a $479 million tax windfall for the state of California. Chief Executive Dick Costolo’s $11.5 million seems almost sensible in an environment that remains chronically short of top engineering and management talent and leaves successful startups scrambling to attract the best people not only with money, but with perks reminiscent of the dot-com days. Subsidized Tesla rental, anyone? Over at Yahoo, CEO… continue…

In Seattle, Demand for Tech Workers is Insatiable

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What’s New This Quarter Here’s an amazing stat: Amazon recently hired 12,800 employees bringing its headcount up to 109,800, compared with 81,400 a year ago. That means the company employs more people worldwide than Microsoft does and on any given day has thousands of additional job opportunities listed. (It’s not easy to get in the door, though. Applicants at Amazon’s Lab126 in Cupertino, Calif., which currently has more than 150 positions available, report eight-hour job interviews in front of nine different… continue…

Met Life Leads Raleigh’s Tech Hiring Surge

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What’s New This Quarter Of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean tech companies in North America, according to Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500 ranking, two Triangle firms cracked the top 10. MaxPoint Interactive’s revenue growth from 2008 to 2012 was an impressive 31,723 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International’s was 20,539 percent. (Yes, you read those numbers right.) “The demand for IT talent will continue to increase in 2014 in the Raleigh-Durham area,” says Mary Bailey, Raleigh Senior… continue…

Scope of Tech Jobs Expands in New York

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What’s New As he prepares to make his exit after 12 years in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching a final push to establish New York as a center for life sciences study and businesses. Having already sealed the deal on the $2 billion Cornell University Roosevelt Island Technology Campus and Office Complex project, he’s encouraged a group of postdoctoral researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to form the Keystone for Incubating Innovation of Life Sciences-NYC… continue…

D.C. Grapples With Public Sector IT Slip-Ups

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What’s New Before the Healthcare.gov fiasco, the biggest technology news to shake up Washington last quarter was only tangentially technological: Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’s successful purchase of The Washington Post. “Don’t be boring,” Bezos told the paper’s (unionized) staff. His business exploits never are. Amid continuing discussion about how the National Security Agency operates and what, exactly, it does with the petabytes, exabytes and zettabytes of data it has the power to collect came an announcement that the agency will… continue…