Zappos to Ditch Job Titles, Bosses for Self-Managed Teams

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Online shoe merchant Zappos is going flat in an attempt to avoid bureaucracy. Or at least flat-ter. It’s joining companies such as weatherproof fabric maker Gore-Tex and games vendor Valve in nixing traditional corporate hierarchy in favor of self-managed teams. By the end of 2014, when Zappos’ transition is complete, the company is slated to be organized into more than 400 self-governing “circles” as it adopts holacracy, a radical “self-governing” style of operating, in which there are no job titles… continue…

Startup Hiring Expected to Grow, Funding Crunch Overblown

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Despite expectations that a tsunami-like wave of angel funded startups would be stranded last year due to a Series A funding crunch, that massive crunch never materialized, says Adley Bowden, senior director of analysis for PitchBook.  “There was a sky is falling attitude, but it did not happen,” Bowden says. startupAnd in 2014, there is talk that this funding crunch will migrate to companies who are seeking their Series B funding. But Bowden is discounting those fears too. “VCs have… continue…

The Top 5 Tech Jobs in 2013

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As 2013 comes to a close, IT professionals in software development, cloud, mobile, Internet of Things and Big Data not only found their occupations in high demand but also face projections of continued interest from hiring managers and recruiters going in to the new year and all the way to 2018, say industry recruiters and analysts. Software developers, which includes such roles as Web developers, software quality assurance engineers, and computer systems analysts, took the No. 1 spot on a… continue…

4 Weird Ways to Get Attention for Your Company

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How can your startup get attention when people are so inundated with pitches that it’s nigh impossible to penetrate? Considering what SEO consultants can cost, investing in guerrilla marketing shenanigans may be a great way for you to get some significant attention. Here are a few ideas that worked: Prank the Competition WePay made quite a statement in 2010 when it dropped a 600-pound block of ice in front of a conference by competitor PayPal at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.… continue…

Which Tech Jobs Will Win, Which Will Lose in 2014

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If your job prospects improved in 2013, then you’ll probably like 2014. But there’s a caveat: You’ll continue to lose ground if you’re in a non-strategic IT role, according to David Foote, CEO of research firm Foote Partners LLC. “Overall demand will be about the same in 2014,” Foote says. “But sporadic skill shortages and an onslaught of new certifications will buoy the prospects and pay of professionals in key strategic roles. Professionals in operational roles are on the wrong… continue…

Conflicting Reports on IT Job Market’s Health

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Two tech groups are reporting a slowing job market for technology professionals, but a third survey – from Robert Half Technology — reports the opposite. According to TechServe Alliance, an association of IT and engineering staffing and solutions firms, technology hiring grew by 3,200 jobs in November, 3,100 jobs in October and 6,100 jobs in September – a pace well off the gains posted earlier this year. “We are noticing a clear deceleration in the rate of growth,” said Mark… continue…

5 Reasons Engineering Teams Need More Women

While some companies have made inroads when it comes to increasing the number of women on their engineering teams, a large number of them – especially those with teams of over 100 people — haven’t. At some businesses, there’s still a feeling that it doesn’t really matter whether or not a team is diverse. Here’s some reasons those firms may want to reconsider. Women bring diversity, and diversity helps generate new ideas for solving problems. Especially with products geared toward… continue…

Budgets, Salaries, Training Point to Strong IT Job Market

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With IT budgets up, salaries increasing and more companies investing in training, it’s a great time to be in the IT job market, says Leon Kappelman, a professor at the College of Business at the University of North Texas. Kappelman, who focuses on IT management issues, was part of the team that compiled the 34th annual Society for Information Management IT Trends Study for 2013. “It’s a good time to be a geek: Salaries are increasing, money going to training is… continue…

South Florida Companies Predict More IT Hiring

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IT professionals and South Florida businesses see a continued turnaround in local technology hiring and salaries, according to a survey by Miami-based staffing company SherlockTech Staffing. Some 61 percent of the companies surveyed said they plan to hire additional technology staff during 2014. That compares with 57 percent this year. For the most in-demand skills, average starting salaries will increase 10 to 18 percent, the survey said. Those include enterprise-level mobile application developers, cloud infrastructure engineers and IT security analysts.… continue…

Survey: Company-Provided Training on the Upswing

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Though no doubt many have been forced into it, more companies are training workers for positions that need to be filled, according to a survey by Accenture. In the poll of 400 executives at large U.S. companies across industries, 46 percent said they are feeling the impact of the STEM skills shortage — and that the skills gap is hurting business. For those facing or anticipating a shortage, 66 percent foresee a loss of business to competitors, 64 percent face a… continue…