Tech Talent Crunch

Despite Nine Percent Unemployment, Dumbo Startups Can’t Find People to Hire

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Jobs, jobs everywhere, and not a worker to fill them. In a city with nine percent unemployment, 17 Dumbo tech companies are struggling to fill 329 jobs in web development, mobile development, gaming and other related jobs, reports the New York Post. The agency HUGE needs to hire 50 people; Wireless Generation needs 150. Even DigitalDumbo, the local meetup and tech  blog, is hiring a community manager. “We are growing and positions open frequently!” says Carrot Creative. Read More

Cautionary Tales

Freelancers: Beware of Carlos ‘Storm’ Martinez

Mr. Martinez.

This horror story of a non-paying client in New York comes to us via the delightful and important new resource iwasntpaid.com, a compendium of stories about projects gone bad.

Mr. Martinez, a sound engineer, commissions a redesign of his brand and website for about $1,000. Developer puts together the site, which gets rave reviews on Forrst.com, turns it in, and sends the bill sometime later. Mr. Martinez refused to pay the full amount—the reason why is unclear. “When I finally sent him the bill, which was for a rate that’s about 1/3 of what I charge now about a year later, he said the most he would pay for the entire brand redesign, logo, website, and back end was $500, less than half the price,” wrote developer Jeff Escalante, who works at Carrot Creative and at the time was a recent grad. Read More