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Silicon Valley’s Startup Strength by the Numbers

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Entrepreneurs Bjoern Herrmann and Max Marmer have taken a comprehensive, data-driven dive into what makes tech startups successful. By collecting information from 16,000 startups and running analysis on their local environments, they’ve attempted to figure out how (and at what rate) the world’s top entrepreneurial hubs are evolving, and which are leading the way. How’s the startup ecosystem in your neck of the woods? Tell us by posting a comment below. Herrmann and Marmer uncovered numerous insights into the strengths… continue…

Groupon Seeking 200 Engineers for Palo Alto Office

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Groupon will reportedly hire up to 100 engineers for its Palo Alto office, adding to the 200 people already there. For the most part, those in place are data analysts, technologists and developers who focus on mobile and merchant products. Business Insider says the company plans a recruiting event in the area later this spring, and is already buying billboard space along the area’s highways. The office works mostly on mobile and merchant products, including some apps for Groupon Merchants like… continue…

Will Tax Breaks for Tech Companies Really Help San Francisco?

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Silicon Valley companies have developed a culture of benefits that extend into free meals, laundry, Red Bull and even beer. It works in Silicon Valley, where sprawling campuses have few local amenities to offer (and Google’s cafeteria is awe-inspiring). Yet with these amenities becoming the norm at tech companies, might they actually stifle economic development in urban settings like San Francisco? The question was posed by Damon Darlin in the New York Times. San Francisco is now offering tax breaks… continue…

Constant Contact is Looking for Engineers

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Email marketing firm Constant Contact plans to hire up to 250 people this year, including nearly 60 tech professionals. The Massachusetts-based company seeks a wide array of people including software engineers, QA engineers, telecommunications engineers, and storage and data engineers. Cloud computing is also a big area of growth. Constant Contact is planning on hiring for all its locations including Waltham, Mass., Loveland, Colo., Delray Beach, Fla., San Francisco and New York. The San Francisco-based social media team seeks engineers… continue…

Older Tech Skills Still Have Legs

Social media has attracted a huge amount of ink of late, but the overall growth in IT jobs tends to be much broader. continue…

Macy’s is Adding 725 Tech Positions in N.Y., San Francisco and Atlanta

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Macy’s Systems & Technology is expanding macys.com and bloomingdales.com to meet increased demand and generally improve the company’s online presence. To accomplish this, the Macy’s unit will hire some 725 people, most of them in IT. A quick search on Dice shows openings for senior DBA, HTML5, and enterprise application integration developer, among other roles. Over the next two years, Macy’s expects to add 375 positions in New York, 200 in San Francisco and 150 in Atlanta. The online improvements… continue…

Dice News Update: What Makes a Successful Cloud-Security Pro

When companies move to the cloud, they usually eliminate tech jobs. But they still need security specialists – with the right skills… More good news for Silicon Valley – and for software pros. All in this week’s update. continue…

Dice News Update: Audit Alert for Contractors

Are you a contractor? Do you have an accountant? You should. Plus, Bank of America’s hiring in IT, and things are looking up in Silicon Valley and New York. continue…

Silicon Valley: NASA Ames Expects to Bulk Up under New Budget Proposal

The NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View expects to draw upon Silicon Valley’s intellectual capital base as it adds staff under the space agency’s proposed $100 billion budget. Given the technological nature of NASA’s mission, many of those jobs are expected to be IT-related. continue…

Santa Clara County Firms Bullish on Hiring

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No one is saying the San Francisco Bay Area economy is out of the woods yet, but for the first time in almost two years, more companies plan to increase their workforce than are planning layoffs – tipping the balance toward a possible upswing in the job market. continue…