Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson

Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson is a Los Angeles based writer whose work has appeared in the LA Times, Los Angeles magazine, Documentary magazine, Movie City News, and more. Her stories have covered the gamut from IT and healthcare to music and culture.

Los Angeles Tech Scene Grows on Mass Market Apps

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“Silicon Beach,” the Los Angeles area’s tech scene, is growing in activity and carving out its niche. Re/code’s been taking a look at Silicon Valley’s prettier sister, surveying 30 of its most promising companies. Standouts include Oculus VR, just purchased by Facebook for $2 billion; Maker Studios, for which Disney shelled out $500 million; Beats, Apple’s latest acquisition at $3.2 billion; and Gravity, purchased for $83 million by AOL. Nasty Gal, an early e-commerce innovator, is now worth $100 million. Click here… continue…

3 Steps to Break Into Mobile Development

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Michael Turner is a 23-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., who wants to get into mobile app development, though right now his skills are limited to HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Not long ago, he wrote to Dice asking for some tips on how to get started. To give him some guidance, we reached out to two mobile dev veterans: David Yang, Placement Coordinator and lead instructor at the Fullstack Academy of Code in New York, and Eric Schweitzer, a California-based Mac and… continue…

How to Get a Job at Asurion

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For the past 20 years, Asurion has specialized in what it calls “technology protection,” working with wireless companies, retailers and cable and satellite providers to ensure some 280 million consumers get the technical support they need. According to Jason Pistulka, director of corporate recruiting and college relations, Asurion’s approach is to hire candidates who can commit themselves to making sure technology and its users are, in a word, harmonious. The company, he says, works “across the digitally connected globe by… continue…

Strong Growth for Ruby on Rails Developers

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Since its launch in December 2005, Ruby on Rails has become the Web application framework of choice for a wide variety of consumer-facing companies. According to one estimate, over 600,000 websites are now running on Ruby on Rails, threatening Java’s dominance. That’s all good news for RoR developers. Growth Generated Across Sectors “From a macro perspective, Ruby continues to be in really strong demand,” says Doug Schade, principal consultant at WinterWyman Technology Search in Boston. “Last year we did a… continue…

Women Have a Long Way to Go in Open Source

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Despite being a leading force for innovation in the software world, the open source movement lags even behind the rest of technology when it comes to diversity. The percentage of open source contributors who are women is estimated to be as low as 1.5 percent. The 2013 FLOSS survey by GSyc/LibreSoft paints a more promising picture, putting the number at 11 percent. Either way, the gender imbalance is grossly disproportionate. For women, a lack of open source experience can have… continue…

Tips for Landing a Job at Ports America

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Ports America is the largest independent marine terminal operator and stevedore in the country, with operations in every major port in the nation. The New Jersey-based company has approximately 1,100 employees in 80 locations, 105 of them working specifically in technology. Currently, the company is seeking candidates in IT management, database administration and service desk analysis. Human Resources Director Jennifer Shea says candidates should, depending on the job description, have experience with “Microsoft networks and Windows XP/7/2003/2008 operating systems, VPN,… continue…

Job Growth for Python Developers

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Open source and easy to learn, powerful and fast, Python has been ranked among the top eight most popular programming languages in the TIOBE Index since 2008. Not surprisingly, as employers recognize its ease of use and ability to integrate with other software, they’re seeking out Python developers in greater numbers. “We’re on track for continued growth for Python jobs,” says Doug Schade, principal consultant at recruiter WinterWyman in Boston. “We see a bit more Python than Ruby, but the… continue…

How to Get a Job as a Game Level Designer

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In game development, level design — the creation of a game’s logic and progress — can be a tricky entry point for even experienced professionals. But it’s a highly desirable place to be, and also a great launching pad for game designers. As a whole, game studios — particularly those with top shelf titles — are highly competitive and difficult to break into. TJ Summers, co-founder of placement firm Digital Artist Management, notes that employers in the space are project-driven,… continue…

Mobile Growth Pushes Need for Chief Mobile Officers

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The explosive growth in mobile computing has reinvented the way businesses work across platforms. As companies in all sectors continue to develop and improve their mobile strategies, the need for a bridge between IT and the corporate side has become apparent. Enter the chief mobile officer, the technologist-manager who oversees the direction and interaction of all mobile processes and supervises the mobile architecture team. While it’s a relatively new position, organizations that are betting on the mobile marketplace are increasingly… continue…

CRO PAREXEL Looks for These Traits When Hiring

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One of the largest contract research organizations in the world, PAREXEL provides drug development services during all phases of the process, including strategy, clinical trial management, data management, biostatistical analysis, regulatory affairs, medical marketing, training, publishing and advanced e-clinical technology solutions. Based in Waltham Mass., the company operates 76 locations in 50 countries and has 15,000 employees. PAREXEL has IT opportunities in its corporate IT department as well as its technology subsidiary, PAREXEL Informatics. The corporate team currently numbers about… continue…