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.

How to Tell If an Employer Takes Training Seriously

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Software engineers, architects, programmers and project managers are often left to their own devices when it comes to training. If they’re interested in learning new programming languages or updating certifications, the work often gets done on their own time. But according to Edmond Freiermuth, a Los Angeles-based management consultant, there’s a link between training and corporate culture. Companies that want to train their people, he contends, generally pursue a longer-term commitment to their workers, one that translates to the employee’s… continue…

Apple Hires to Tap Into Growing Demand – in China

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Apple is hiring hundreds of engineers and supply chain managers in China and Taiwan as it ramps up production to deal with increasing demand in Greater China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company’s job postings show the new positions range from working on hardware development for touch screens and cameras to electrical engineering and software quality assurance. Apple is stepping up hiring to speed product development and introduce a wider range of devices. The company is poaching engineers… continue…

What Makes—or Breaks—Tech’s Top Women

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What exactly does it take for a woman to become a household name in the tech world — a Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki? In many ways, it takes the same characteristics as it does for men, according to Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo-Alto non-profit that focuses on women in technology. “Women who rise to the top C-level have many of the same characteristics that any C-level executive would need — to be… continue…

How to Break In as a Game Developer

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For freshly graduated programmers and developers, finding your first job in gaming can be a challenge. You can do it, though, if you’ve got the right mix of hard and soft skills, industry knowledge and experience from creating a game or two on your own. Indeed, if you can show off a polished game, you’ve got a much better chance of snagging a spot, says Holly Liu, co-founder and chief of staff at Kabam, a San Francisco-based interactive entertainment company… continue…

Financial Solutions Provider Fiserv Hiring 350 in Tech

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Fiserv, a Brookfield, Wisc.-based financial solutions provider, is hiring for more than 350 full-time technical jobs. The roles are in business analysis, client services, UI, security, mobile solutions, QA, application development, network engineering, and project and general technical management, according to Victor P. Gaines II, vice president for talent acquisition. IT hires have a range of experience, from interns to highly experienced leaders. Last year, the company hired more than 1,300 professionals for technical jobs. While relevant industry experience never… continue…

More Jobs in Mobile Banking and Payments

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The rise in digital banking and mobile payments means security engineers, software developers, systems analysts, digital designers, mobile engineers and IT project managers should see an increasing number of opportunities. Though banks and mobile payments processors are hiring, the bulk of these positions are likely to come at IT vendors who are working for large and midsized banks. At the same time, a growing number of banking IT functions, especially ones that require quick ramp ups, are being outsourced. From… continue…

Innovation, Consulting Reshaping IT Job Market

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For IT professionals, this year ahead is likely to be a transformative one. Big Data, mobile development, the cloud and security will not only continue to drive changes in business, they’ll also reshape the tech job market. More than ever, IT professionals will be required to straddle the line between IT and business expert. Tried and true positions, such as software developers and engineers, will still be in demand. Meanwhile newer jobs, like UI and UX developer, will also see… continue…

Optimizely Hiring Software Engineers

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A/B testing website optimization startup Optimizely is currently hiring 27 software engineers, according to reports from the News-Gazette. The current hiring push is likely related to Optimizely’s growth plan. In April, the company received a second round of funding that landed it $28 million. Co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker told TechCrunch that the company had international, sales and marketing, infrastructure and customer support expansion plans. At the time, Optimizely had about 68 employees. The company’s offices can accommodate more than… continue…

Amazon Hiring at Liquavista & Lab126

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Word on the street is that Amazon is hiring IT professionals, as it ramps up its Kindle research and development efforts. According to Good E-Reader, Amazon is working on a full color e-reader with a six-inch screen, similar to the resolution offered with its existing Kindles. Some of the positions Amazon is seeking to fill include process quality engineer, product test engineer, process development engineer, product development manager, and an Asia-based operations program manager. The new senior level positions will… continue…

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…