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Tech Leads Oregon Recovery

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The tech industry is leading Oregon out of the recession by adding jobs faster than the overall economy, and paying more than twice the state average, according to a new report from the state’s Employment Department. Tech salaries in the state average $94,000 a year and grew by 3.9 percent between 2011 and 2012. That compares with Oregon’s overall average salary of $44,300, which rose only 2.8 percent during the same period. Meanwhile, tech employment hit 60,100 in July, the… continue…

Here’s How to Find the Next Silicon Valley

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There is no shortage of places vying to become the next Silicon Valley. Pick your times zone and climate, they span across the U.S. Whether New York, Boston, Texas, Southern California or Colorado, each has advocates claiming its tech sector is about to get really hot. Let’s say you’re planning a career move, already live in Northern California and want to geographically position yourself to be in the Next Big Place. Where should you move? According to new research from… continue…

Tech Opportunities as SaaS Moves into Small Business

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Small businesses have eagerly adopted cloud-based software, leading a trend that is only expected to grow. The trend is business’s move toward Software as a Service. Forrester Research predicts that the SaaS market will grow by 25 percent this year, to $59 billion, and reach $75 billion in 2014. In in the past, small businesses – those with fewer than 100 employees – had to settle for expensive and poorly scaled-down versions of vendors’ enterprise solutions. More recently, technology companies… continue…

Tech Startups See Increased Hiring

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It looks like startups will lead the way in tech hiring for a while. Nearly 90 percent – 87 percent to be precise – of startup executives plan to hire this year, according to Silicon Valley Bank’s Startup Outlook. That’s up from 83 percent last year. It’s also higher than the numbers cited in a Dice report released late last year, which found 64 percent of hiring managers in a wide range of companies expected to add tech workers during… continue…

Altisource to Hire 100 Engineers in Boston

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The German financial software and services company Altisource will open an incubator lab in Boston and hire 100 software engineers to staff it. The company says it intends for the lab to create a number of spin-off companies in which it would retain large investment stakes. Altisource, which operates an incubator lab in Atlanta, has already had some success with this concept. Last year, it spun off two of its companies – Altisource Residential and Altisource Asset Management – yielding… continue…

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work for a Startup

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With their promise of potentially building something to rock the world, not to mention potential riches that could come from an IPO, startups hold a lot of sex appeal. But if you’re thinking that jumping into that kind of adventure is the next step in your career, be sure you’re thinking carefully. Some people are drawn to the idea of new companies the way moths are drawn to light — and they end up getting fried. To help you avoid… continue…

What Are Your 5 Biggest Online Privacy Worries?

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Let’s talk about this. An article posted on ITWorld earlier this month got me thinking about how small businesses have to deal with online privacy issues. According to ITWorld, their top five concerns include: The proliferation of cookies. Theft of cloud-based data through weak password controls. Being betrayed by the stored location data on cell phones and other mobile devices. Photo tags on social networks. Federal and police agencies scanning online services. Notice: None of these items include the words… continue…

How ‘Zombie’ Startups Can Bring Themselves Back to Life

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These aren’t the best of times for consumer and e-commerce startups. After years of seemingly unbridled access to venture capital, many have seen funding slow to a trickle. For some, investors are wary of their slow growth. For others, investors are wary of pretty much everything, and so won’t put in any money at all. Either way, investors’ caution is threatening a number of these companies, “zombies,” in Silicon Valley parlance. It’s unclear how many of these startups are in… continue…

7 Stories to Read Before You Jump to a Startup

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People who’ve never worked in the startup world often think of it romantically. All that freedom and flexibility, not to mention the potential payoff, sound a lot better than coding according to your boss’s mood that day. But new companies aren’t all glamour and new technology. All-nighters get old, as does low pay, and sometimes the ups and downs of getting a business off the ground are as harrowing as flying through a thunderstorm. Nowadays, when “job security” seems something… continue…

Tupperware Prototypes and Private Space Exploration: SXSW 2013

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SXSW attracts entrepreneurs and geniuses of all stripes—which makes it that much harder to stand out. continue…