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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: 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…

Uber and Lyft Attempt to Disrupt Each Other

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Having disrupted the car-for-hire market—at least in some major cities—Uber and Lyft are progressing to the next logical stage: Doing their best to disrupt each other. Lyft has accused Uber of requesting and canceling more than 5,000 rides in the past year, costing its drivers precious time and money. In addition to denying the accusation (“Lyft’s claims against Uber are baseless and simply untrue”), Uber charges Lyft with engaging in the same underhanded behavior: “Lyft’s own drivers and employees, including… continue…

Do IT Contractors Really Need to Carry Insurance?

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If you’re working as an independent contractor, do you need to carry professional liability insurance? For full-time workers, employers are typically responsible for indemnification against claims of intellectual property infringement or issues related to failed projects or dissatisfied customers. But for contractors and consultants, it’s a different story: They usually need to protect themselves through something called errors and omissions, or “E&O” insurance, which protects them from losses related to claims of negligence and other issues. It’s a cost of… continue…

The Trials and Triumphs of Creating Your Own Game Studio

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Most parents probably don’t dream of their kids becoming video game developers, but it’s a real career—and potentially a lucrative one. Finding your way in the industry is tough, though. The video game business can be volatile, reacting quickly to changes in the economy or the success or failure of an individual game. As with more traditional industries, the steadiest course centers on acquiring a job at a large, established company. But more and more, aspiring developers are leaving big… continue…

How Google Fiber Fighting AT&T Could Boost Your Business

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AT&T plans on introducing high-speed fiber Internet to 100 cities in 21 metropolitan regions across the United States, although those regions have yet to be decided. “We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” Lori Lee, senior executive vice president of AT&T Home Solutions, wrote in a statement. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the… continue…

How the Push of Activist Investors Pressures Tech Jobs

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Recent layoffs at Juniper Networks — the company is cutting 6 percent of its workforce — is symptomatic of a growing battle between Wall Street financiers and Silicon Valley tech companies. As more hedge funds, private equity firms and activist investors put their money into the technology space, they’re demanding better financial returns, even from healthy companies. And that often puts technology workers at risk. Hedge funds and private equity firms in particular have reputations as short-term thinkers, ready to… continue…

What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Could Do Next

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When Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its new CEO in February, analysts and pundits immediately began to debate over what sort of leader he’ll turn out to be, and whether he’ll attempt to radically remake the company in his own image. Some answers to those questions are expected to emerge this week, when Nadella makes his public debut at a March 27 event in San Francisco. He’ll likely follow that up with an equally high-profile appearance at Microsoft’s BUILD conference… continue…

Is ‘Big Tech’ On the Way Out?

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Are big tech companies on the decline? In a post on Re/code, venture capitalist Matt McIlwain argues that they are. Though I don’t think the evidence he cites is either new or compelling, tech workers should still be aware. “IBM just reported its seventh straight quarter of declining sales, and I believe that the value of big cap technology companies as a group will substantially decline in the coming years,” McIlwain wrote. He says the changes in enterprise technology markets… continue…

Why Business Analysts Should Value Business Models

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As a business analyst, have you ever come across a project where you had to collect requirements and help design a solution for a business group, but every time you talked to someone, you seemed to get different, often conflicting, explanations of how the business works? Most experienced Business Analysts have faced this at one time or another. Many end users only know a narrow slice or view of the business in their areas. Rarely do they understand the whole,… continue…