Silicon Valley

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Why Infrastructure Companies Aren’t Cool Anymore

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The illustration says it best, saving at least a thousand words. It shows a middle-aged khaki-clad engineer talking with a hoodie and jeans 20-something colleague. “When will you make something that matters?” asks the elder. “When will you make something cool?” responds the youth. That sums up what The New York Times Magazine calls “Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem,” in which infrastructure companies can’t attract the best talent because young people want to be where the cool – and the money… continue…

More Spies Needed in Silicon Valley

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Increasing demand is giving cybersecurity engineers more options in terms of where and for whom to work. Where before many of the available jobs were government positions based in the Washington, D.C., area, today private companies in Silicon Valley are offering opportunities that didn’t exist before. Reporting on a story from the Information, Business Insider says engineers working for agencies like the NSA and CIA can take advantage of “fast-moving, non-bureaucratic environments” in the private sector. Besides that, they can… continue…

Four Job Seeker Groups in Silicon Valley

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When job hunting gets tough, candidates groups can provide networking opportunities, job leads, camaraderie and professional guidance. Four Silicon Valley organizations — CSIX Connect, Career Actions Ministry, the Cupertino Rotary Club Job Search Support Group and ProMatch – are all good ones to know about. CSIX Connect holds weekly lunch meetings at the Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga and monthly evening meetings at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, as well as special interest groups, casual weekly lunches in Woodside… 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…

Silicon Valley Wage Growth Leads the Country

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If you work in Silicon Valley, chances are you made more money in 2013 than you did in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties saw an increase in average weekly wages during the second quarter last year compared to the same period of 2012. Wages in San Mateo County increased 8 percent year-over-year. Workers across the country, in a variety of industries, will likely see a 3.7 percent increase in salaries… continue…

Apple’s New Campus Could Hurt Recruiting Efforts

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Is Silicon Valley not the “in” place to be anymore? As more tech companies set up shop in San Francisco, Wired wonders whether Apple’s proposed “spaceship” headquarters could be a boondoggle. The circular, 2.8-million-square-foot glass showplace received final approval from the Cupertino City Council in November and should open in mid-2016. Expected to house up to 14,200 employees, the project’s original estimated cost of $3 billion has nearly doubled. But, notes the magazine’s Marcus Wohlsen, Silicon Valley’s talent is heading… continue…

CIOs Up Hiring in Silicon Valley, San Francisco

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IT hiring is expected to heat up during the first half of 2014 in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, according to a Robert Half Technology survey of the area’s CIOs. That’s good news that comes after two surveys from other organizations that described lackluster IT hiring nationally in November. Bay Area CIOs are feeling more bullish about hiring than they were when questioned about the first half of 2013. Among other things, RHT found that: 20 percent of survey respondents… continue…

Retailers Expand IT Labs to Keep Pace With E-Commerce

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Cyber Monday has come and gone, but retailers are building IT labs to create new features for their e-commerce sites and leverage customers’ use of smartphones and tablets. For brick-and-mortar companies like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Staples and American Eagle, R&D has extended beyond efficient supply chains and point-of-sale systems. They’re among the roughly half a dozen retailers that are building IT test labs in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Walmart, a pioneer in the test lab concept, plans to open… continue…

Startup Trains Autistic Workers for QA Jobs

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Semperical, a San Jose, Calif.-based startup non-profit, has completed a pilot program that coaches and trains adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to conduct software testing and QA services. Adults with these conditions tend to have excellent visual skills, attention to detail, are highly focused and show great perseverance, says Jennifer Sullivan, a consultant with the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose. Semperical plans to leverage those skills for its testing and QA business. Founder and CEO Steve Perricone… continue…

Should Silicon Valley Secede, Or Just Leave?

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Secession is a popular topic in Texas, parts of Colorado and a rural area of northern California and Oregon that calls itself the “State of Jefferson.” But now the idea of breaking away has come up in an unlikely place: Silicon Valley. Yes, we’re talking about seceding from the U.S. Some call it “the ultimate exit strategy.” Such a move – support for which seems somewhere between “serious but not really” and pure fantasy – could separate technologists from their… continue…