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What Light Through Yonder Recession Breaks: English Majors Can Get Tech Jobs Too!

Romeo and Juliet

Rejoice, gentle readers! Paying off your student loans doesn’t have mean switching from James Joyce to Javascript–at least according to an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by author Michael Malone. Considering Mr. Malone is responsible for the annual “Silicon Valley Goes to Oxford” conference and got his new book blurbed by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, we’d suggest taking note.

While startups like Codecademy, Skillshare, and General Assembly rush to train job-seekers in programming languages and computer science, Mr. Malone’s piece offers a peek at the losing end of that equation: college English Departments. Read More

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DeveloperAuction Helps Programmers Sell Themselves to the Highest Bidder


If you need more evidence to prove that developers are the 1 percent when it comes to chronic unemployment, take a gander at a recently-launched platform called DeveloperAuction.

Billing itself as the “first transparent marketplace for recruitment,” the site lets qualified engineers submit a profile, then startups bid against each other for the tech talent. Cofounder Matt Mickiewicz told TechCrunch, “We’re flipping the traditional model on its head, by having employers submit offers first, and interview later.” Read More

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To Beat Goldman and Google on Campus Recruiting, Startups Like Square Sponsor 25-School Hacker Tour

At Yale recruiting event for Morgan Stanley last winter (Photo: Dealbook)

Talk to a startup recruiter about hiring young developers, and he’ll eventually admit it’s hard to compete in the campus cattle call, with Goldman and Google sucking up all the air.

But rather than rely on incendiary exit letters or Aaron Sorkin scripts to convince engineering talent to come over to to the startup side, a number of smaller companies are banding together to flex their collective recruiting power. Read More

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New York Techie Doesn’t Understand Why Everyone’s Upset About Unemployment

Job fair lines in Midtown from 2009 (Photo: published an interesting piece last week under the headline “Silicon Valley Creating Jobs, But Not For Everyone.” The article looked at how the Valley’s unemployment rate has ballooned beyond the national average–up to 8.8 percent in June–despite the growing number of jobs in the tech sector.

Estimates show a similar pattern in New York City. In June, the city’s unemployment jumped to 10 percent, the same abysmal peak we hit in the recession three years ago, even as employment in the tech sector grew 30 percent between 2005 and 2010.  Read More

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Codecademy Needs More Coders to Build Tools to Teach People Coding

Codecademy founders Mr. Sims and Mr. Bubinski. (

Codecademy, the New York-headquartered startup that builds simple online lessons for aspiring programmers, reportedly hit a million users back in January (including Mayor Mike Bloomberg). Although we’re skeptical about the retention rate, there is no denying that teaching yourself how to code is zeitgeisting. So it’s no surprise to hear that Codecademy, founded by two fresh-faced 21- and 22-year-old wunderkinds, is hiring. Read More

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It Pays to Know Ruby: New York City’s Top Tech Jobs (and Their Average Salary)


Here’s some interesting data that slipped through the holiday news hole. CyberCoders, a technology staffing company, assembled a list of the top ten tech jobs in New York for the coming year.

The company is based in Irvine, California, but recently opened an office in New York. With the office expansion of companies like Google and Twitter, says CyberCoders CTO Matt Miller, “We are seeing a significant demand for various types of web development, as well as candidates who manage projects and the sales team to support those efforts.” Startups are unlikely to ask a staffing firm for help with hiring up, but their numbers offer a nice overview of coveted jobs and compensation. Read More

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The Kids Are Alright–As Long as You Don’t Make Them Work In Finance or Consulting

Let the slogan t-shirts be your guide.

A recent survey of about 6,700 college grads by the research firm Universum found that roughly one in five listed Google as the most desirable place to work. It was joined at the top of the list by Apple (no. 2), Facebook (no. 3), Amazon (no. 6), Microsoft (no. 8). Even Electronic Arts made it near the top at no. 15.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google also topped Universum’s first ever survey last year. Guess they heard about that food truck giving out knockoff Momofuku cookies at Googleplex East. Either that or the restricted stock units they’re doling out like candy.

But the tech sector’s popularity may have been the financial sector’s loss. Read More

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Gilt Groupe Is Hiring a Worker a Day

Mr. Ryan.

We’re all deal news this morning, aren’t we? Lot18 raises money, Groupon has a surprisingly-healthy trading day and Juice in the City launches in New York. Gilt Groupe, another subscriber-based deals business, is also growing like gangbusters, apparently. Although you gotta wonder where all these business will be after the recession ends and people remember that discounts are gauche. Read More

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Jason Goldberg Is Not Hiding His Devs

Mr. Goldberg. (

The fast-growing design-centric superdiscount site, which executed a double pivot, is up to 90 employees and growing revenue at 33 percent per month, CEO Jason Goldberg told Betabeat. With head hunters poking around all the bigger startups in the city, that’s a lot of employees to hide. But Mr. Goldberg isn’t losing sleep over having his employees poached. “We’re a hot company,” he told Betabeat. “We’re growing really fast. We’ve had a number of companies who are trying to recruit some of  our team members. When someone on my team gets 10 calls from a recruiter a week, we think they should feel flattered.” Read More