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Seattle Offers Options to Microsoft’s Laid-Off Legions

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When Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 18,000 worldwide employees on July 17—with 1,300 cuts coming to its Seattle headquarters—you could almost see the shock waves, given most analysts had predicted a number closer to 6,000. The cuts will be completed by next July. With new-ish CEO Satya Nadella preaching a philosophy of “agility,” the company is pinning its hopes not only on the next version of Windows (which may erase the generally negative view of Windows 8) but also… continue…

Tech Driving Raleigh’s Pro-Business Reputation

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What’s New This Quarter Wouldn’t it be nice to live in the country’s “Best Place for Business and Careers”? If you live in Raleigh, you already do—at least if you believe the annual rankings from Forbes. Raleigh jumped from third to first in the magazine’s estimation, and was the only east coast city in the top 10. The survey noted lower business costs (18 percent below the national average), a high concentration of people with advanced education, and the presence… continue…

Silicon Valley Still Bubbly Despite Big Layoffs

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What’s New This Quarter A quick scan of the Valley finds it as frothy as ever, with constant bulletins about huge mergers and acquisitions drowning out the less-bubbly news of restructurings and downsizings. The dog days of August brought new news that Cisco would lay off 6,000 employees, about 8 percent of the company’s workforce, in order to make itself more agile. In comments to his workforce, CEO John Chambers said: “It’s about investing in our growth and moving fast…… continue…

Silicon Alley Powering New York City Job Market

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What’s New This Quarter How many tech jobs have been created in New York in the past decade? According to a report from HR&A Advisors, roughly 300,000 employees either work at tech firms, or else perform a tech-related role at a non-tech firm—eclipsing the tech presence in San Francisco. New York’s tech sector is almost as large as the city’s other traditional sectors of healthcare, legal, finance, and retail. That hasn’t stopped the finance sector from chipping away at its… continue…

D.C.’s Aging Tech Workforce Needs Millennials

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In September, Google executive Megan Smith became the third Federal Chief Technology Officer—an appointment that qualified as D.C.’s biggest hiring news of late. “It’s not exclusively focused on IT,” Smith wrote in a statement about her new role. “It’s focused on all the technology opportunity ahead for our country and for ourselves. So, it could be energy-related or basic science-related or innovations in biology—all those areas.” Click here to find a tech job in Washington D.C. Smith also noted that there… continue…

Austin Seems Poised for Even More Tech Growth

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What’s New This Quarter Everyone likes Austin—including Forbes, which ranked the city second on its recent list of Best U.S. Cities for Future Job Growth. Forbes projects the annual job growth at 4.1 percent, which mirrors the unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Austin Technology Council predicts that 9,000 new tech jobs will be created in the city by 2017. Dice also picked up on this positive trend, crunching the numbers in August to find that Texas as a whole… continue…

Silicon Valley Recruiters See Wide Demand for Tech Skills

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What’s New This Quarter What does the Silicon Valley workforce really look like? If Google, Yahoo and Facebook are indication, it’s very white and male. In May, Google revealed that only 2 percent of its workforce is black, 3 percent Hispanic, and 30 percent Asian; 30 percent is female. “Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock said in a blog post. The census, which covered 26,600 Google… continue…

Cloud Efforts Drive Hiring in Seattle

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In June, the New York Times affirmed what the Puget Sound tech community already knew: Cloud technology is turning out to be Seattle’s hottest commodity. “It’s like Detroit used to be for car companies,” Bill Hilf, Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of cloud product management, told the newspaper. “The galactic players are here, and they are creating lots of little companies.” Hilf, a Microsoft alum, is helping to launch HP’s new HP Helion cloud computing initiative in Seattle, with $1 billion of… continue…

Demand ‘Far Outweighs’ Raleigh’s Available Tech Talent

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What’s New This Quarter In April, MetLife executives told the Raleigh, N.C., area’s Triangle Business Journal that their local expansion plans are proceeding quickly. The company is hiring ahead of projections for its new global technology and operations hub and is receiving 1,000 resumes a week. To date, about one third of the 1,200 jobs MetLife promised to create at the new campus in Cary have been filled. Lenovo’s activities in the area are also growing as it absorbs its… continue…

New York City Employers See Tech Hiring Through Year’s End

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What’s New This Quarter During the spring, the New York Times surveyed the city’s tech scene and came to mixed conclusions. While excitement abounds, “The hype has definitely died down,” said David Tisch, a co-founder of Techstars, a local startup. “It’s harder to point to one thing and say, ‘that’s New York tech.’ ” Even so, the Times noted, the amount of venture, angel and private equity money invested in New York rose dramatically between 2009 and 2013, to $3… continue…