Myra Thomas

Myra Thomas is an award-winning business reporter. She started her career in finance, eventually becoming AVP for a Lloyd’s of London intermediary. She applies her extensive business knowledge to the world of reporting. Her stories run the gamut of topics, including tech, banking, healthcare, personal finance, and small business. She has a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Myra lives in Fanwood, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and two fierce Cairn Terriers.

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

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Women tech entrepreneurs in the retail and lifestyle space are increasingly gaining customers and attracting venture capital interest. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt, Rent the Runway and Foodspotting — as well as the women starting them – are establishing a foothold in an ever-growing and crowded sector. Why does it seem like so many women are concentrating their business development efforts on retail and lifestyle companies? Interests, experience and education all have something to do with it. Elena Silenok, founder and… continue…

Disney Interactive to Cut Workforce

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The gaming industry has seen its ups and downs, and Disney Interactive has experienced more downs of late. The Walt Disney Co. is apparently plotting another round of layoffs at its video game and digital media division, according to a source who spoke to the Los Angeles Times. The layoffs are expected to affect several hundred people, notes The Wall Street Journal, and would follow other recent cuts in the division. Early last year, for example, Disney Interactive laid off… continue…

Employers Say This is Why You’re Not Getting Hired

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It’s a continuing complaint: Employers who need skilled IT professionals say they can’t find people to fill their open jobs. But job seekers say it’s getting harder and harder to find a job. Why the disconnect? The unemployment rate in technology seems to underscore the employers’ arguments that there’s more demand than supply. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the rate dropped to 3.5 percent from 3.9 percent, according to Dice’s Q4 Tech Trends Report. That compares to a national… continue…

What to Do When You’re Tired of Managing

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It’s seen as a natural progression: You’ve worked your way up from coder or developer to a spot as a department manager. But it hasn’t turned out like you imagined. You’re spending most of your time managing people, not getting your hands dirty. If you’re passionate about programming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’re not as happy as you thought you’d be. So is it possible to move back to a coding or development job? Yes, says Priscilla… continue…

A Changing Job Market for Women in Gaming

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Although the gaming industry is known as a boys club, women in the business say the perception is unfair. Yes, they’re underrepresented, and yes they face discrimination, but they believe breaking into gaming may not be any more difficult than it is in any other area of tech. The big difference, says Kate Edwards, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, is that the sector remains relatively young when compared to other parts of IT. That, she speculates, may… continue…

What Cognizant Looks for in New Hires

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Cognizant Technology Solutions has a growing business in global consulting, IT and business process services, and its workforce is an important part of the equation. In an interview with Dice News, James Lennox, the Teaneck, N.J., company’s chief people officer, said Cognizant was hiring for several thousand full-time positions in North America through the end of 2013. However, the company wouldn’t break down hiring details further, noting country hires would depend on the nature of projects won and delivered. In… continue…

Bank of America Said to Be Cutting Tech Jobs

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Bank of America has kicked off a round of layoffs at multiple locations. Though the number of workers and the types of jobs weren’t revealed, at least some are in the company’s Charlotte, N.C., Global Technology and Operations unit, according to the Charlotte Observer. One Charlotte-based technology employee said that the laid off workers will come from both inside and outside the U.S. The employee, who spoke to the paper under the condition of anonymity, said that he or she… continue…

How Reactive Can Beat Conventional Procedural Programming

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In a post on Slashdot, Val Huber, CTO at Espresso Logic in Santa Clara, Calif., did a comparison of Reactive Programming to Java with Hibernate and MySQL triggers using a real-life business example. In the test, Reactive Programming surpassed conventional procedural programming models with a faster time to market, reduced maintenance, better quality and a higher level of transparency. Using a simple scenario involving customers with purchase orders consisting of line items, Huber compared what it takes to implement business… continue…

Why New York Is a Good Place for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

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Heather Marie’s New York-based startup, 72Lux, is a universal checkout SaaS company that began as a response to what she saw as a big problem in e-commerce. Retailers simply weren’t capitalizing on the power of the Internet in creating their online presence, she says. “As a consumer, I knew there could be improvements. There were opportunities to not just provide a service, but to simplify the entire shopping experience.” Today, 72Lux provides an e-commerce and multi-retailer checkout solution through the… continue…

VC Leery of Net Neutrality Ruling’s Impact on Startups

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Venture capitalist Fred Wilson at New York’s Union Square Ventures worries that the recent federal court ruling striking down the FCC’s net neutrality rules could put a kibosh on tech startups. In a blog post, he describes the ruling as a “nightmare” and predicts that the “telcos will pick their preferred partners, subsidize the data costs for those apps, and make it much harder for new entrants to compete with the incumbents.” Wilson offers up a couple of mock pitches… continue…