Career Paths

Program Taps Recent Grads for Startup Positions

Posted In People, Startups
Venture for America
New York City-based Venture for America is putting recent graduates to work at a number of tech startups across eight cities in the U.S. The program also places graduates in other sectors, as well as accelerators, venture capital firms and economic development programs. But of the companies and organizations participating in the program during 2013, 30 of the total 47 were in the tech space, says COO Eileen Lee. Modeled after the education program Teach for America, the nonprofit’s mission… continue…

These Are the Basic Skills of a Web Designer

Web Design
Christina Smith is a Connecticut-based Web developer who creates arresting online visuals including logos, photos and website look and feel. (She also dabbles in cake design). She got her Bachelor of Science in digital media from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 2007 and shortly after landed a job as a graphic designer for the New Jersey design and development company HG Media, eventually becoming its lead designer. Currently, she’s a senior designer at the full service marketing agency Smartfish Group… continue…

Skills You Need to Be a Digital Media Engineer – Now

Posted In Looking in Tech
CGI Racecar
“There’s a caveat,” says Traylor Woodall as he opened the conversation about his career as a digital media engineer. “My degree was in graphic design and fine arts but it evolved. I’m in the creative end but very involved with the technology. You might say I’m a bridge.” Woodall is the CEO of Fivestone Studios in Nashville, Tenn., a company that creates CG product marketing videos, network show packaging and special effects for broadcast spots. As a designer, he began… continue…

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

Lifestyle Tech
Women tech entrepreneurs in the retail and lifestyle space are increasingly gaining customers and attracting venture capital interest. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt, Rent the Runway and Foodspotting — as well as the women starting them – are establishing a foothold in an ever-growing and crowded sector. Why does it seem like so many women are concentrating their business development efforts on retail and lifestyle companies? Interests, experience and education all have something to do with it. Elena Silenok, founder and… continue…

Strong Growth Outlook for QA Engineers

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Growth Trend
Software QA engineering jobs are on a healthy growth track, with an estimated 100,000 new positions set be created through 2022. That’s higher growth than is anticipated for a number of other skilled technology jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The strength isn’t a surprise. “More and more, QA engineers are a necessary part of any company’s tech team. These positions are an integral part to any software development platform,” notes Matt Miller, the Irvine, Calif.-based CTO of… continue…

The Out-of-Channels Project That Turned eBay Around

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eBay Logo
The story of how Jack Abraham, while the 20-something head of eBay Local, blew off the company’s bureaucracy and redesigned the site to incorporate a Facebook-like newsfeed into its home page is a good illustration of how a small, passionate team can get things done outside of channels. In this case the stakes were high: eBay was looking for a way to turnaround its slumping business, and Abraham had an idea of how to do just that. Before we go… continue…

What to Do When You’re Tired of Managing

Posted In Looking in Tech
depressed
It’s seen as a natural progression: You’ve worked your way up from coder or developer to a spot as a department manager. But it hasn’t turned out like you imagined. You’re spending most of your time managing people, not getting your hands dirty. If you’re passionate about programming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’re not as happy as you thought you’d be. So is it possible to move back to a coding or development job? Yes, says Priscilla… continue…

A Changing Job Market for Women in Gaming

Woman Playing Video Game
Although the gaming industry is known as a boys club, women in the business say the perception is unfair. Yes, they’re underrepresented, and yes they face discrimination, but they believe breaking into gaming may not be any more difficult than it is in any other area of tech. The big difference, says Kate Edwards, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, is that the sector remains relatively young when compared to other parts of IT. That, she speculates, may… continue…

How Tech Entrepreneurs Avoid Risk

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Risk
By Lorne Epstein How many times have you had a great business idea and done nothing about it? If you’re like me, many. I’ve started companies, so why do I hesitate? Because failed businesses cost money, time and can hurt your reputation. I always thought entrepreneurs — myself included — were crazy when they made the leap to a new venture. I changed my mind after speaking with Ric Fleisher, co-founder of roadside-assistance platform Urgent.ly, and TJ Radtke, CEO of… continue…

How Web Dev Firm Type/Code Got Its Start

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Type/Code Logo
Brooklyn startup Type/Code describes itself as a studio of designers and developers who “invent, communicate, build and refine.” In this episode of DiceTV, we hear from the company’s founders and get an inside look at its culture and what it took to get started. The company’s big on “cutting-edge HTML, CSS and JavaScript” on the front end, and Python, Django and Tornado on the back.