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What Does ‘Product’ Even Mean? Complex Exec Lays It All Out

Ms. Barazany (jjdigital PR)

When Complex hired Ayalla Barazany, it was the first time they’d hired someone to work in “product.”

Now, as VP of Product, the Israeli-born Ms. Barazany works to ensure the company’s business goals are in line with what its tech department is capable of producing. She also makes sure Complex’s user experience, or UX, is as strong as possible.

On top of it all, Ms. Barazany has excelled in a series of predominantly-male departments.

“I’ve never focused on [being the only woman],” she told Betabeat. “I’m doing what’s best for me.” Read More

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Hired.com, Huge Online Marketplace for Tech Jobs, Moves to NYC

Here's what a Hired applicant's profile might look like. (Hired.com)

Hired, the online marketplace where companies compete to hire people with #tech skills, has just expanded from San Francisco to New York.

The company was founded in April 2012 under the name DeveloperAuction. The cofounders — all serial entrepreneurs — started the online marketplace because they’d all had trouble finding the right talent to hire for their companies in the past. Read More

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Fap Happy: A Word From the Folks Who Collect Porn GIFs For a Living

Here's a really fun infographic they shared with us.

From “Chief Happiness Officer” to “Chief Curator at eBay,” the tech industry is riddled with bizarre-sounding job titles — and we here at Betabeat love figuring out what they all actually mean. 

A recent Recode story called “Go West, Young Men” profiled a bunch of migrant techies working in the “Dojo” — a coworking space run by cryptocurrency miner Dave Grossblatt. The story undisputedly had two break-out stars: Raj and Chris, The Worst Drug’s (link NSFW) two “GIF Porn Scrapers.”

Curious about what it could actually mean to be a “GIF Porn Scraper,” we interviewed Raj, Chris and their coworker Katie (all of whom asked to go by their first names).  Read More

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Inside ‘BS’ Tech Jobs: What eBay’s Chief Curator Actually Does

Michael Phillips Moskowitz

Last week, Valleywag published a disdainful list of “The Biggest Bullshit Job Titles in Tech,” calling out kooky positions like AOL’s “Digital Prophet” and Tumblr’s “Fashion Evangelist.” Betabeat wondered, What do these people actually do for a living? What, pray tell, does an “Innovation Sherpa” or a “Chief Happiness Officer” do all day? Are their jobs as illusionary as they sound, or are they just normal jobs with wacky titles?

Following chief happiness officer Jenn Lim, our second interviewee was eBay’s chief curator Michael Phillips Moskowitz, who’s been working with the company since August 2013. Mr. Moskowitz is on the team leading the roll-out of eBay’s new “experience,” which debuted in North America on October 22, 2013, and will expand overseas to the UK and Germany in early March. Read More

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Inside ‘BS’ Tech Jobs: What a Chief Happiness Officer Actually Does For a Living

Jenn Lim (Delivering Happiness)

Last week, Valleywag published a disdainful list of “The Biggest Bullshit Job Titles in Tech,” calling out kooky positions like AOL’s “Digital Prophet” and Tumblr’s “Fashion Evangelist.” Betabeat wondered, What do these people actually do for a living? What, pray tell, does an “Innovation Sherpa” or a “Chief Happiness Officer” do all day? Are their jobs as illusionary as they sound, or are they just normal jobs with wacky titles? Read More