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Tech’s Unemployed Flock To 7 World Trade Center To Try Their Luck

Patrick Duggan (Photo: twitter.com)

New York’s unemployed tech talent and soon-to-graduate comp sci students assembled on the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Center today with the hopes of snagging a job at the NYC Startup Job Fair. Betabeat attended the early session that was reserved for developers and engineers, which meant we missed the arrival of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who apparently greeted the crowd by saying, “It’s never been a better time to be a tech startup in New York City.” Judging from this fair, no one could disagree–it looked pre-recession, to say the least.

The jobless in attendance followed a snaking hallway lined with companies that were actually physically grabbing at programmers in order to draw them into their company’s pitch. At the end of the slender maze, a room opened up that looked way more like a recognizable job fair with four rows of tables.

Two cops stood in front of the sprawling windows overlooking the 1 World Trade Center construction site and 9/11 memorial. They were sporting a silly look on their faces that seemed to say, “These were the kids I beat up in high school?” Read More

Tech Bubble Watch

The Boy Who Cried Bubble: Job Fairs Are Not Danger Signs

Run Wolfie, it's the big bad Bubble!

Chadwick Matlin has been contributing some great coverage of the local start-up scene to outlets like Fortune and Bloomberg, but his recent piece on the alternative Silicon Alley job fair is the kind of blithe bubble talk that does nobody any good.

“To review: that’s two job fairs in three months, featuring nearly 200 startups combined, all of them looking to hire 3,000 miles away from Silicon Valley. It is time to stop looking for indicators of a tech bubble. We’re not going to get one better than that.”

Two events in a city of eight million people attracting a total of maybe 2,000 candidates. The boy who cried bubble is going to have to do better than that. Read More

Talent Crunch

Misery Loves Companies: Slighted Start-Ups Rally Round New Event

Time to rally the troops

An email went out this morning to eighty local start-ups who had applied to be part of the New York City Job Fair. It was a rejection letter, thanking them for their time, but explaining there were only forty spots available for one hundred and twenty applicants.

Perhaps the sender intended a blind CC, but the list of recipients was open for all to see. “So we just decided, screw this, we can do our own thing,” declared Harris Goodman, VP of marketing at virtual learning startup LateNiteLabs. Read More