Tech Talent Crunch

Tech Talent Crunch

Please Do Not Make Pinterest Resumes a Thing Now

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There’s an old marketing tactic called “eating your own dog food,” whereby a founder swallows his own product to prove to the world just now sweet it is. In recessionary times, it appears that strategy has trickled downstream to potential hires. As The Next Web reports, Jeanne Hwang, a Harvard b-school graduate with six years of work experience at Right Media, Yahoo, Accenture, and Kaixin, resorted to launching an online campaign to get hired at Pinterest, including, of course, a “Jeanne for Pinterest” board.

That social media hustle has already paid off in form of a job offer from Pintics, a Pinterest analytics site. Perhaps they were moved by the pin of Ms. Hwang sky-diving (to show she’s a risk taker!) or pin of her adorable puppy (someone understands the Pinterest user base!)? Read More

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Study Urges NYC to Train Local Design Schools in New Technologies for the Next Wave of Innovators

Make it work!

Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation may at the top of the list for tech-happiest city governments, but a new study out by the Center for an Urban Future wonders if there’s one sector they’ve been missing: the city’s wealth of design and architecture schools like Parsons The New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts .

The 38-page report, called “Designing New York’s Future,” points out that the number of degrees in design and architecture has grown 40 percent in New York City from 2005 to 2010 and the sector already attracts foreign students (*cough* Technion *cough*). Despite all that, however, design schools have been overlooked as part of the city’s innovation agenda, argues the report: Read More

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Seven Startups That Will Pay Devs, Designers, and ‘Hustlers’ $5,000 To Move to New York City

Come Work in NYC

You’d be hard pressed to find an aspiring banker or model or writer or actor who would need much convincing to move to New York City. Not so with tech folks. In the face of competition from the Valley and giants like Facebook and Twitter, suddenly in our midst, seven startups have banded together for a campaign called Come Work in New York that promises to ply talented developers, designers, and “business people” with $5,000 to help them move to the city if they’re hired. Read More

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


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

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Nota Bene: When Poaching From Google, It Helps to Hire an Ex-Google Recruiter

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Poaching for tech talent has reached such a crescendo in New York that, in some cases, proper etiquette is being thrown out the window. As Business Insider discovered with a few LinkedIn searches this morning, there seems to be a some kind of secret tunnel between Googleplex East and Foursquare. According to LinkedIn, 18 of Foursquare’s 67-staffers hail from from Google.

Filching from the behemoths is fair game, of course, and restricted stock units and salaries at Google has risen to try to stop the tide. But that figure might be low-balling it. “A source close to the company said around a third of the company’s employees have experienced some time at Google,” reports BI.

That might have a little something to do with a trend Betabeat noticed last year. Read More

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Ad-Tech Feels the Talent Crunch In Silicon Alley

Competition for engineers and developers in NewYork is fierce, as it is in tech hubs around the country. It’s a well worn story that Silicon Alley competes with Wall Street for the best programmers. But there is another multi-billion dollar industry in the Big Apple hungry for those mathematical minds: advertising.

Over the last year, reports the New York Times, the number of want ads for highly technical positions has nearly doubled on the industry job board AdExchanger. The wave of big data is rich soil for advertising companies to mine, but it requires some serious quants to seperate the signal from the noise.

“The demand has far outstripped the supply,” said Joe Zawadzki, chief executive of MediaMath, told the NY Times. “The number of things that you need to know is high and the number of people that have grown up knowing it is low.” Read More