Working in Tech

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Daily Tip: Don’t Check Email First Thing

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When lots of people wake up in the morning, the first thing they do is check their phones for new messages. Arriving at the office, they spend the initial moments of their workday answering emails. On the surface, this seems like a logical and productive use of time: How will you know what to do if you can’t see what’s up in your world? While it may seem counterintuitive, placing “check email” a little further down your daily priority list… continue…

5 Tips for Scaling Your Fast-Growing Startup

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By Mohit Garg Fast-growing companies have an enviable problem. They’re growing headcount, with many of them hiring as fast as they can. And while this sounds like a nice issue to have, it’s actually a very serious challenge. Once that initial traction kicks in, how these companies hire and develop their talent often makes or breaks their future success. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. For all those fast-growing businesses out there heading into 2015 with… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Plan Your Whole Day

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Some people have no choice but to book every minute of their day. CEOs, world leaders, and busy executives all seem to be scheduled down to the second, with hardly a moment’s pause between meetings and events. It’s tempting to look at a busy schedule, think it equates with productivity, and aspire to cram every day full of activity. An idle or blank hour, the thinking goes, is an unproductive one. But that’s simply not the case. Life has a… continue…

The ‘Final Pinch’ That Dooms Startups

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What’s one of the biggest dangers facing your average startup founder? According to Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, it’s the self-delusion that sets in during the startup’s last six months’ worth of operating capital, when founders refuse to either curb expenses or change strategic course. To find a tech job at a stratup, click here. “There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding,” Graham wrote… continue…

Daily Tip: A Wrong Time for Right Decisions

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen has one of the most difficult jobs in tech: turning around a once-storied brand that’s spent the past couple years collapsing in slow motion. His comeback strategy has centered on BlackBerry’s core business customers, who prize features such as security and encryption over games or nifty camera features. If everything works as planned, BlackBerry will slowly claw back market-share from Apple and the many manufacturers of Google Android devices; the company is no longer betting that… continue…

Do You Tweet? Mitt Romney Has a Lesson for You

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Over at Slate, a couple of staffers for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign have revealed an interesting tidbit: Every time the campaign posted something to social media—whether a Tweet, Facebook posting, or blog entry—some 22 different individuals throughout the organization needed to approve the outgoing text or imagery. “The downfall of that of course is as fast as we are moving it can take a little bit of time to get that approval to happen,” Caitlin Checkett, who served as… continue…

Check Out Apple’s List of 2014′s Top Apps

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What did Apple name as its 2014 App of the Year? Elevate, which offers mini-games that claim to boost the player’s memory, focus, and cognition: Hyperlapse, an app created by Instagram that allows users to radically speed up video footage, was the runner-up: Apple’s Game of the Year was Threes!, a numbers-based puzzler: The gaming runner-up was Leo’s Fortune, a side-scrolling platformer: Some of Apple’s other top apps: 1. Yahoo News Digest 2. Storehouse 3. SwiftKey 4. 1Password 5. Camera+… continue…

Is C Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

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Many programming languages have come and gone since Dennis Ritchie devised C in 1972, and yet C has not only survived three major revisions, but continues to thrive. Large chunks of Windows were written in C, along with most of Linux. But aside from this incredible legacy, what keeps C atop the Tiobe Index? The number of jobs on Dice.com for C programmers is not huge, and many of those also include C++ and Objective-C. On Reddit, the C community,… continue…

Daily Tip: Embrace Change

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The only person who likes change is a wet baby, as the saying goes. Change is scary. When an organization finds itself in the grip of a strategic repositioning, or a top-to-bottom restructuring, it tempts all those involved to cling to as much of the past as possible. The past is safe, after all. The problem is that refusing to embrace change, and the ideas that come along with it, can quickly get you sidelined or even fired. If your… continue…

Cloud Computing’s Race to the Bottom

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Amazon Web Services reportedly boasts more than a million active customers, and untold numbers of websites and apps rely on its cloud-computing power to deliver content and serve customers. Despite that massive footprint, however, Amazon executives may be feeling the pressure from Google, which has made a very public show of selling its own cloud services for cheap—a new price restructuring for AWS services, announced this week, could end up saving some customers a lot of money. Under this streamlining,… continue…