Silicon Valley

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Smaller Tech Firms Paying More for Top Talent

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How much is a good software engineer worth? If you’re Weeby.co, here’s the answer: $250,000 a year plus equity. As company CEO and co-founder Michael Carter framed it to CNET in an interview, the competition for the best talent is so fierce, smaller tech companies have little option but to pay top dollar, especially in areas such as Silicon Valley where the cost of living is so high. Click here to find software engineering jobs. Whereas talented engineers at a… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

What If America Isn’t Startup-Friendly After All?

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America is a nation of startups—or that’s how the story goes, at least. But is it true? The Los Angeles Times offered up some stats about the current state of the nation’s startups, and the findings aren’t pretty: As reported by the newspaper, data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that the number of new startups fell 28 percent between 1977 and 2011. Nor is that the only bad news for entrepreneurs: People aged 20 to 34—the so-called “Millennial” generation—were… continue…

IRS Wants Tech Workers to Pay Taxes on Those Free Meals

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The vaunted free meals offered to employees by the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter are getting close attention from the Internal Revenue Service, which says free food is a taxable fringe benefit. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IRS has been seeking back taxes from some employers who haven’t been withholding them on the value of the meals. Last week, the agency and the Treasury Department said taxing employer-provided meals was one of their top priorities for the… continue…

US CTO Switches Gears to Recruit in Silicon Valley

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There’s a new recruiter coming to Silicon Valley. Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is leaving Washington, D.C., for the left coast, where he will be part of a White House team focused on recruiting tech pros for the government. Park became a political target for his role in trying to fix the glitch-ridden Healthcare.gov website. He’s had his successes, though, including helping President Obama lure Google engineer Mikey Dickerson—who worked on the tech aspects of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign… continue…

Why Silicon Valley’s ‘Attitude’ Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

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In Silicon Valley they think differently, and if that leads to arrogance, so be it. At least that’s what Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joel Stein implies in his long meditation on the area’s outlook on technology, money and changing the world. For better or worse, technology is driving the area’s economy: Private pay and benefits are rising more quickly there than in any other major metropolitan area in the country, reports the Oakland Tribune. “The Bay Area has one of the strongest… continue…

NSA Hints at Outreach to Silicon Valley Talent

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The National Security Agency is worried that all of the controversies surrounding its, er, data-gathering activities is hurting its efforts to recruit technology talent, according to comments made earlier this week by Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to agency Director Michael Rogers. Speaking at a seminar hosted by the LongNow Foundation, Neuberger “extended a plea to an audience replete with tech workers to consider a career in government, or at least apply for a fellowship,” Reuters reports. Though many officials… continue…

Samsung Plans Hiring for San Jose R&D Center

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Samsung’s planning to do a lot of hiring in Silicon Valley as it prepares to open its new $300 million R&D Center in San Jose, by the summer of 2015. Indeed, the local talent pool is one of the reasons the company decided to locate the center there. “Samsung strategically determined the best pool of talent in the U.S. would be in the Bay Area,” Bob Brennan, senior vice president of its Memory System Application Lab, told Business Insider. “We… continue…

Silicon Valley Recruiters See Wide Demand for Tech Skills

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What’s New This Quarter What does the Silicon Valley workforce really look like? If Google, Yahoo and Facebook are indication, it’s very white and male. In May, Google revealed that only 2 percent of its workforce is black, 3 percent Hispanic, and 30 percent Asian; 30 percent is female. “Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock said in a blog post. The census, which covered 26,600 Google… continue…

Diversity’s Not So Hot in the Game Business, Either

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Young and hip as it may be, the world of game development is as white and male as the rest of tech, according to a report from the International Game Developers Association. The organization’s 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey found that a full 79 percent of developers are white, followed by 8.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and 2.5 percent black. The IDGA says this represents a slightly better diversity picture than was seen in 2005, when 83.3 percent of the… continue…