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The Tech Startup That Paid a Million for a CEO

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Last week, an interesting story in TechCrunch highlighted how a burgeoning technology industry is lifting the salaries of the chief executives tasked with managing everything from wet-behind-the-ears startups to publicly traded giants. The TechCrunch article featured an anecdote about a hot startup offering a $1 million signing bonus to any chief executive willing to lead it, only to find that offer rejected in favor of another (and presumably richer) one. “We haven’t seen anything like this since 1999,” Brad Stadler, founder… continue…

Demand for Tech Pros Still High in Seattle

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Seattle needs tech workers. That’s the conclusion reached by King 5, NBC’s Seattle affiliate, which paints a picture of six-figure starting salaries for software engineers, startups fighting over the most proficient tech pros, and job offers sprinkling from the sky like rain. Click here to find tech jobs in Seattle. But is that report accurate? Seattle’s insatiable demand for tech workers is nothing new. In January, startups and well-established tech companies alike reported a desperate need for thousands of tech… continue…

One-Third of Americans Now Freelancing

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Roughly 34 percent of Americans earn money though freelancing rather than a full-time position, according to new data from the nonprofit Freelancers Union. That’s a slight uptick from the 31 percent reported in 2006 by the U.S. General Accountability Office, suggests The Wall Street Journal. Given the trends of the past few years, any sort of increase seems, in retrospect, inevitable: The Great Recession forced many unemployed workers to seek freelance work, while the rise of “sharing economy” firms such… continue…

Python Snakes Up List of Fastest-Growing Skills

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The most recent Dice Report offered a list of the fastest-growing tech skills, including cybersecurity, Puppet (an open-source IT automation tool), Hadoop, and Big Data. One programming language appeared on that list: Python, which enjoyed 21 percent growth year-over-year (as of Sept. 2), based on mentions in Dice job postings. (Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on a given day to qualify for the analysis.) Click here to find Python jobs. That growth is no surprise. Python,… continue…

The Best Kind of Office? No Office at All

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What’s the best kind of office? For a handful of companies, the answer is: “No office at all.” As described in a recent article in Quartz, Automattic—which created the ubiquitous blogging platform WordPress—allows its dispersed workforce of 260 employees to work from pretty much anywhere they want. When employees need to get together for a few days, the company schedules “meet-ups” at a central location. The company saves money, and employees can work on their own schedule. Click here to… continue…

Cognex Stresses Engineering Ability, Cultural Fit

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Cognex Corporation is a manufacturer of machine vision systems, the software and sensors used in automated manufacturing. The company is a market leader that’s been instrumental in the development of everything from barcode readers to verifiers, vision sensors and mobile computers. Headquartered in Natick, Mass., Cognex has nearly 1,300 employees in 40 offices around the world. Approximately 260 professionals work in technology. Janet Dulohery, senior director of corporate employee services, suggests that the company continues to make significant investments in… continue…

The Fastest-Growing Tech Skills: Dice Report

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Employment for technology professionals continues to thrive, yet this rising tide of job opportunities for tech pros has not lifted the prospects for all skill sets equally. So which technology skills have ridden the wave to the biggest increases over the past year? Let’s dive into the nearly 80,000 jobs posted on Dice on any given day to find the Top 10 big movers year-over-year, skills-wise, based on mentions in job postings: Puppet – The open source IT automation tool of… continue…

Penetration Testing Is a White-Hot Industry

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In the wake of high-profile IT breaches at Target and other major corporations, penetration-testing firms are more popular than ever. Companies and government agencies have woken up to the fact that a cyberattack on their data is all but inevitable, and they need employees and contractors capable of discovering vulnerabilities before hackers do. In other words, it’s a potentially lucrative time to explore penetration testing as a career. You could work for the security offshoot of a well-established firm such… continue…

How Automation Is Dooming Entry-Level IT Jobs

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On one hand, there’s more demand than ever for specialized IT staff. But many of the jobs that IT professionals once used to gain the experience to get them are in danger of being eliminated. Welcome to the newest paradox of tech employment. IT vendors everywhere tout the benefits of IT automation, usually in the form of software-defined data centers that operate at “Web scale.” However, that automation of IT infrastructure reduces the need for lower-level IT administrators and other… continue…

What Capital One Looks for in Technology Hires

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Capital One Financial Corporation is a U.S.-based bank holding company that specializes in credit cards, home loans, auto loans, banking and savings products. Headquartered in Tyson’s Corner, Va., it’s a pioneer in the mass marketing of credit cards—so much so that the company is now the fourth largest customer of the U.S. Postal Service. The company has approximately 45,000 associates and major operations in 15 cities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Nearly 5,800 people comprise the tech team,… continue…