Silicon Valley

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Facebook to Build Employee Housing

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Facebook plans to offer its employees access to a hip 394-unit apartment complex within walking distance to the company headquarters, complete with its own doggy daycare center and sports bar. The $120 million apartment complex will span 630,000 square feet and feature other amenities including a pool, cabana section, rooftop deck, yoga rooms, concierge service and an “iCafe,” reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The cafe, doggy daycare and sports bar will be housed in a 13,000 square foot section… continue…

Accounting Software Maker Xero Hiring in S.F.

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Online accounting software company Xero has moved its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco to a new facility in the city’s Jackson Square neighborhood. The San Francisco Business Times reports that the company has leased 25,000 square feet at 101 Green Street, where 65 of the company’s 100 U.S. employees work. Jamie Sutherland, president of Xero U.S., told the newspaper that Xero would be hiring staff in engineering, marketing and sales during the coming year. “We’re all gassed up and ready… continue…

Cisco to Lay Off 1,022 Workers in San Jose

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Cisco Systems is poised to lay off 1,022 workers at its San Jose, Calif., campus on Friday, according to a filing with the State of California. The cuts are part of Cisco’s previously announced plans to slash 4,000 workers from its payroll beginning this quarter. Heading into an uncertain economic environment and determined to keep its expenses in check against any softening sales, the networking giant is cutting 5 percent of its workforce. Although Cisco is bracing itself for tough… continue…

GE Expands Software Center Hiring Plans

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Driven by greater-than-expected sales, General Electric will hire more programmers and engineers than it had anticipated at its software development center in San Ramon, Calif. Bloomberg reports that a total of 800 people will work there on programs that compile and analyze data from jet engines, locomotives and wind turbines. Since 2011, the center’s staff has grown from four to between 600 and 700 now. Initially, the company had expected a total of 400 people to work at the center.… continue…

CA Technologies Hiring in Santa Clara

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CA Technologies is hiring more than 100 people locally for the company’s Santa Clara, Calif., location, says SiliconBeat. The additions will increase the location’s workforce by about 50 percent. The Islandia, N.Y.-based company has 271 full-time employees in Santa Clara now and is looking to expand the staff there to 400, a company spokeswoman said. She added that all of the new hires would be from the area. CA Technologies is looking for Developers, Engineers, Researchers and Product Managers. New… continue…

Does Facebook Get Credit for San Mateo Pay Surge?

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Although Silicon Valley’s San Mateo County ranks fifth among the nation’s largest 334 counties when it comes to average weekly wages, it posted the largest jump in first quarter salary over the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Home to tech names like Oracle, Electronic Arts and Facebook, the county posted a 14.8 percent increase in average weekly wages during the first quarter. That’s far higher than the national average increase, which was a scant 0.6 percent… continue…

VC Altman: ‘Hot Girls’ Only Part of the Bubble Picture

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Sam Altman’s recently spotlighted comments about tech companies hiring “hot girls” to recruit engineering talent was “meant somewhat tongue in cheek, although it’s a real phenomenon,” he told Dice News. When asked about how often this takes place, he said, “I don’t think it’s super common.” The real meat of his blog post: “Maybe now we’re actually in the early stages of a startup bubble.” The venture capitalist and former Loopt CEO pointed to such signs as unsustainable high valuations… continue…

Atlassian Will Boost San Francisco Workforce

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Collaboration software developer Atlassian plans to increase its Bay Area IT team by 50 percent over the next 12 months. The company, which operates dual headquarters in San Francisco and Australia, plans to add 10 people. Currently, the team has 20 members. Overall, 11-year-old Atlassian has 650 employees, with 45 tech people divided roughly by its San Francisco and Australia locations, though several work in Germany, as well. Atlassian plans to grow its IT team to a total of 60… continue…

Bay Area Techs: Congestion Is All Your Fault

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It’s tough to be a newly rich tech worker in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area, what with all those stock options, headhunter calls and the like. Not to mention taking the blame for driving up rents, increasing traffic and failing to fit in with the area’s old guard. In a region usually known for its tolerance, new McMansions, all those extra cars and the rising cost of living have set up a culture clash that could transform the region. TechCrunch Co-Editor… continue…

Korean Tech Startup Hiring in Silicon Valley

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Seoul-based Shakr Media Co. is opening an office in Silicon Valley and is looking to hire locally, according to the Wall Street Journal Asia. The video platform and creation company will operate its development team in Seoul, but its founder, David Lee, has relocated to the Mountain View, Calif., office. “Seoul is a great place to run a start-up…but in terms of working with the world’s largest Internet companies, it’s necessary to be here,” he was reported as saying. Lee… continue…