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  • Jobspring Partners' Weekly Market Knowledge Report

    Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we would start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers! So here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative this week:


    Disruptions: Medicine That Monitors You  (NY Times)

    Swallowable “pill” that is in fact a computer to help monitor your health.

    Submitted by: Ashley Elgatian

    Sony and Disney begin streaming movies still in theaters in a bold move against piracy  (The Verge)

    Disney and Sony have quietly begun testing an on-demand service in South Korea which offers movies to rent while they are still playing in theaters.

    Submitted by: Adam Canton

    Los Angeles

    Silicon Beach Fest highlights evolution of L.A.'s tech scene  (LA Times)

    If you were unable to attend Silicon Beach Fest, this article recaps the event for you!

    Submitted By: Charlotte Haun

    Orange County

    Jobless Rate Down to 5.5% in Orange County  (OC Business Journal)

    OC now has 1,428,900 jobs, a growth of nearly 2% over the past year, according to the state Employment Development Department.

    Submitted by:  David Belsky

    The Daily Muse Expands From A Community For Professional Women To "The Muse," A Career Destination For Everyone (TechCrunch)

    The Daily Muse is rebranding today to serve a wider audience and is going under the name The Muse now.

    Submitted by:  Brittani Allred

    San Francisco

    Instagram video vs Vine – What’s the difference? (Washington Post)

    Instagram has introduced Video. Will it compete with Vine and what’s the difference?  

    Submitted by: Caitlin Van Horn

    Changing the way you text  (Minnum)

    Instead of the traditional QWERTY keyword Minnum changed the keyboard into a horizontal row at the bottom of the screen.

    Submitted by: Kelly Wong

    Silicon Valley

    ‘Hell Is Other People’: An Anti-Social Network  (TIME Newsfeed)

    The slick new app helps you avoid everyone you know. The catch? First you have to share exactly where you are.

    Submitted by: Krystal Yu

    Snap Chat Raises 60 Million from IVP at 800 million valuation (Forbes)

    At 23, the CEO of SnapChat raised a $60 million Series B funding and now Snapchat is a $860 million dollar company.
    Submitted by Ronny Greer


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  • Will the Real Cloud Please Stand Up?

    By: Mark Eisenberg, Cloud Visionary and Former Member of Windows Azure Sales Team

    If you’re in the cloud business you will eventually hear this statement:

    “Everyone has their definition of the cloud.”

    I first heard this “way back” in 2009. I was a newcomer on the scene and I took it in without much thought. But my job at the time was selling one of these new cloud things and it only took me a few months to figure out that I could not have a cogent conversation about my cloud offering if everyone listening to me thought I was talking about something different than what they thought the cloud was. I shifted the discussion from the nuts, bolts, speeds, feeds, bits, and bytes of my offering and turned the conversation back to “What is The Cloud?”

    First stop – the semantic problems with any statement that begins “everyone has their definition of…”  A definition is by definition what a word means. And in order to arrive at a definition, a large group of people have to be in agreement. The statement above directly contradicts the intention of creating a definition. Many times this explanation will be greeted with “oh that’s just semantics”. Since semantics is the study of the meaning of words, I’m okay with this discussion being labeled as such.

    Next stop – finding a definition. Any vendor-based definition of a concept is going to be suspect. Being realistic, definitions driven by almost any interest group are going to show some bias. In the case of cloud computing, we are fortunate to have had the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, a government body, take on the task of sifting through all of the various definitions and finding the common ground. There were roughly 15 drafts of the definition before they arrived at The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

    Is it the perfect definition? Nothing is perfect, but it is close in its simplicity and elegance. The wording of the actual definition could apply to many computing paradigms:

    “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

    The elegance lies in the five essential characteristics, four deployment models and three service models. I’ll list them here, but for the details you should visit the original source.

    Essential characteristics:

    1. On-demand self-service
    2. Broad network access
    3. Resource pooling
    4. Rapid elasticity
    5. Measured service

    The word “essential” is key. It means that in order for a thing to be a cloud, it must have at least these characteristics.

    Deployment models:

    1. Public
    2. Private
    3. Community
    4. Hybrid

    What is important to understand about the deployment models is a cloud implementation may choose any of these, but whichever one is chosen must still have the five essential characteristics. The definition does not fork between public and private clouds. They both have the same characteristics.

    Service models:

    1. Software as a Service (SaaS)
    2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    These represent different levels of abstraction from the “computing resources” mentioned in the definition. SaaS tends to represent the highest level of abstraction with IaaS the lowest. The choice of service model is highly dependent on the business needs of the cloud consumer.

    There is also knowledge to be gleaned from what is not in the definition:

    1. CapEx vs. OpEx exchange. Many believe that converting CapEx to OpEx is always a good thing. That is not always the case and thus it did not find its way in to the definition.
    2. Service orientation – being that there are three service models, one might think that service orientation is mandatory. It’s not. At least not as part of the definition. When getting down to the details of how to build in the cloud, service orientation is a core tool.

    So what does all of this mean? It means that everyone doesn’t have their own definition of the cloud. There is a definition of the cloud and we can all know what we are talking about when we refer to the thing that is the cloud. Just like we all know generally what we are referring to when we use the word hammer. And in the same way, that a hammer solved some problems better than a rock, the cloud solves some problems better than what came before it. It doesn’t solve every problem and sometimes it doesn’t even improve on the existing solutions. For a certain set of problems, it is the most effective solution available. And for a special set, it is the only solution available. But those are all topics for another post.

  • Jobspring Partners' Weekly Market Knowledge Report

    Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers! So here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:


    Boston tech heats up: 5 firms collect $163M in a week (Boston Business Journal)

    Check out this list of newly funded companies in the Boston area.

    Submitted by: Ian Harris

    Microsoft Office comes to the iPhone (

    The availability of the Microsoft Office suite on the iPhone marks a significant milestone for Apple, since the Microsoft Office suite has only been available to Windows phone users up until this point.

    Submitted by: Allyson Parente


    Instagram Will Get Video On June 20  (TechCrunch)

    Submitted by: Nicholas Direso

    The Alternate Universe of Over-Employed Web Developers  (Mashable)

    The imbalance in supply and demand of developers causes them to be overpaid. Agree or Disagree?

    Submitted by:  Kevin Donoho

    Los Angeles

    Los Angeles ranks fourth in national clean tech leadership index (LA Times) Los Angeles ranked fourth among U.S. cities leading clean technology growth, according to research firm Clean Edge’s annual index.

    Submitted By: Paul Cutter

    Hands-free technology still distracting drivers (ABC - LA) Although hands-free technology is supposed to help drivers, it is actually more dangerous than we previously thought.

    Submitted By: Bryan Obeso

    Orange County

    High-tech turnout at InfoComm 2013(BizJournals)

    InfoComm has huge turnout at their event which was held at the Orange County Convention Center.

    Submitted by: Simon Asraf

    Greenwings Biomedical Launches Incubator(SoCalTech)

    Greenwigs Biomedical becomes first startup incubator in Los Angeles focused on biomedical.

    Submitted by:  Simon Asraf

    San Francisco

    Why PRISM kills cloud (Computerworld)

    PRISM program allows the US government to access Silicon Valley tech company’s data they receive from internet users around the world. 

    Submitted by: Kevin Logan

    Facebook introduces #Hashtags (TechCrunch)

    Silicon Valley

    How Big Data is Playing Recruiter for Specialized Workers (NY Times)

    A start up in San Francisco produces a big data algorithm that provides a proven tool to discovering hard to find engineering talent through various medias.

    Submitted by: Shana Cohen

    The British are coming to Silicon Valley (Techcrunch)

    A program is trying to help 15 UK students from 9 universities by giving them real-world startup experience with companies here in the Silicon Valley.

    Submitted by: Anthony Laden


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  • Getting the Most Out of your Recruiter

    Article by Julie Colgate, Lead Recruiter at Jobspring Partners: Washington DC

    “Hi, my name is Julie. I’m an Open Source Development recruiter and I’m here to serve you. I’ll be helping you find the job you want or find that valuable addition your team needs. I’ve matched 19 candidates and companies over the past year and I want to do that for you as well. Whether you have worked with a recruiter in the past or not, there are a few things you need to know.”

    Tell Me What You Want:

    The biggest thing for me as a recruiter is to have a clear understanding of what you are looking for in a job or in an applicant. If you don’t want to work inside the beltway, let me know. I’ll focus my efforts in Reston. Want applicants with a special skillset? Tell me and I won’t waste your time on people that aren’t going to fit that role. At the end of the day, the most important thing for me is that I have added value to a company and helped someone further their career. 

    Know Your Worth:

    I’ll split this section in two, one for job seekers and one for hiring managers. 

    Job Seekers:

    The job market is very competitive today, and even more so for the technology market here in DC. This is why it is imperative that you know how much you are worth, and even more importantly, why you are worth so much. As a recruiter, I want to get you every cent you deserve. For me to do this, I need to understand the important skills you bring to the table, past experiences where maybe you've saved your company money or increased sales, or whatever X factor you have that’s going to make companies swoon over you.

    With that said, the market is going to dictate within a certain range the type of salary your skills command. This is where I can be of value to you. I'm an expert on the market from working with job seekers with similar backgrounds to yours and with the types of companies you want to work for. While I'm always going to work to get you the highest salary possible, part of my job is tempering expectations if I don’t believe I can get you the amount you're asking for. What I can help you with though, is finding a job that will allow you to gain the skills and experience needed to command that higher salary down the road.

    Hiring Managers: 

    Time is Money. How much is your time worth? This is where I'm valuable to your organization. Finding the type of talent you need, researching the market to understand which skillsets your budget will afford, figuring out if a person is going to fit in with your company culture - this is how I spend my day. It takes up a lot of time. Time you'd probably rather spend developing and perfecting your product.

    I’m a resource for you to utilize. You can tell me what you have budgeted, and I’ll be able to tell you what type of talent I’ll be able to find for you. Conversely, if you give me a description of the type of candidate you're looking for, I'll be able tell you what you can expect to pay.

    Communication is Key:

    What I need from you is a constant flow of communication. I need you to ask questions when you have them and be responsive when I have them. This comes back to “time is money”. The tech market is very dynamic and changes quickly, so the more constant our communication, the quicker we can fill your position (or find you a new job), and the bigger the advantage you'll have over your competitors.

    Help Me Help You:

    What it boils down to is this: help me help you. If you are a candidate, I want to find you an opportunity where your skills are fully utilized and where you are compensated appropriately based on what your skills and the market dictates. For hiring managers, I want to save you time and help you build an all-star team that will help your business grow.


    To hear more from Julie, follow her on Twitter @jccolgate

  • Jobspring Partners' Weekly Market Knowledge Report

    Each week in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers! So here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:


    Ruby VS PHP VS .NET  (Built In Chicago)

    Takes a look at three of the most popular languages/frameworks, and shares the pros and cons of working with each one.

    Submitted by:  Kevin McNamara

    Amazon Bets On Web Groceries, Expands AmazonFresh To L.A.  (TechCrunch)

    Amazon has today expanded its online grocery service AmazonFresh to it first non-Seattle market: Los Angeles.

    Submitted by:  Amy Gulyas & Alexander Yunk

    Los Angeles

    Creating a Mobile-Friendly Website in PHP ( This article discusses the ways to create a mobile-friendly website, their advantages and how to apply them.

    Submitted By: Sam Shaw

    Microsoft hypes next-gen Xbox One games at E3 (The Miami Herald) Microsoft focuses on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during their presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

    Submitted By: Adam Steinberg  

    New York

    Google Close to Acquiring Waze, a Rival in Maps (NY Times)

    Google’s looking to acquire Waze for 1 billion to ensure they stay on top of the mobile maps scene.

    Submitted by: Rory Smith

    Silicon Valley

    Amazon Bets on Web Groceries   (Tech Crunch)

    Amazon is taking a major step in getting their grocery delivery service to market.

    Submitted by:  Robbie Roesser

    Time for Apple to Start Treating Us Like Adults   (Tech Crunch)

    There are rumors that Apple iOS will eventually become obsolete.

    Submitted by:  Danny Cavero


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  • The Trials and Tribulations of Entry-Level Developers: 4 Secrets to Success

    The Market Today

    For those of us who exist in and around the technology hiring market, the sentiment we hear repeated over and over again ad nauseam is “the market is soo hot right now!”  And indeed it is.  If you’re a software developer using any of the modern programming languages, have at least a year of professional experience and can articulate your passions and abilities successfully, the job market is one giant open door for you.

    But what about recent college grads?  Is the landscape for entry level programmers really so inviting?  I don’t believe so.  No matter who you are, what you’ve done, and regardless of what field you’re trying to break into, finding your first job can be tough.  Many young parents throughout the course of history have exclaimed upon first looking at their newborn child, “It doesn’t come with a manual.”  Such is the case in the world of the workforce.  College was a world of comfort.  You blasted through your CS program with flying colors, know C++ or Java like the back of your hand, and got a nice letter of recommendation from a few of your professors.  So what happens now?  Do companies just start knocking on your door asking for a copy of your resume?  Well, if you have any friends who have been working in software development for a few years, that’s probably what you’re expecting. 

    What It’s Really Like in The Market

    We recruiters like to provide quick witted explanations of what the market is like to help frame our candidate’s expectations.  One such idiom that I myself have gone back to time and time again is “There are ten open jobs for every one qualified developer on the market.”  To this day I take this as truth, but there certain caveats to that statement that need to be understood to extract its full meaning.  What we’re really trying to say is that new companies are popping up every day, getting funding and generating buzz.  In most cases, in order to build their ambitious software platforms they need senior level skills and experience to guide the way.  On the other hand, experience has shown me that most companies that hire junior programmers are well established, have large teams, and have the bandwidth to provide a little bit of hand-holding and support to fledgling engineers.  So, by virtue of the fact that there are more small startups than large, well established engineering companies, we can conclude that lots of companies want senior developers, but not as many are able hire their entry level counterparts.

    Want an entry-level developer position? Check the job board for openings near you.

    This leaves us with a seemingly impossible conundrum.  As a young software developer, should you accept as fact that you won’t be able to get your first job without at least a year of real world experience?  Well, if that was the case I could imagine it being a lot harder to find developers than it currently is.  To guarantee yourself options, offers and opportunities upon graduation, please read the following tips and take them to heart.

    The Secrets To Success

    Do it for the love of the game.  For those of us who grew up loving the movie “Space Jam,” we can recall vividly the opening scene of young Michael Jordan shooting hoops at midnight, despite his father’s best efforts to put him to bed.  Michael had not yet signed a million dollar contract at that point in his life; all he knew was that he wanted to fly.  You want to be a programmer when you grow up?  Show your future employers that you are passionate about coding, that it means more to you than just a paycheck.  This may sound like a convoluted piece of advice, but its real world application is actually quite simple: code for the fun of it.  Don’t believe for a second that just because you’re taking CS classes and learning all about algorithms, syntax and object oriented principles that you’ll be the development equivalent to the number one draft pick when you start looking for a job.  Too many developers graduate college with a sense of entitlement yet have no personal projects to show for their time.  As someone who’s placed many junior developers at their first jobs, I can say with 100% confidence that the young developer who has tried to build things on his or her own time always gets the job.  It shows passion, and more so than talent, passion and commitment build skills over the long term.  Companies want to invest in junior developers who will eventually become seasoned and versatile, and this is the strongest indication you can give a future employer that you embody these characteristics.

    Be up on the latest technologies. Figure out what sites, forums and periodicals developers use to stay informed of the latest and greatest technologies.  For instance, the world of Javascript programming seems to change almost daily with the seemingly endless and rapid adoption of new frameworks and libraries.  Specifically, Javascript developers are now expected to venture beyond the core language and explore things like Node.JS, Backbone.JS and Ember.JS.  Can a Javascript developer write incredible code without using these ancillary technologies?  Absolutely, but again it comes back to the profile of the “perfect candidate.”  If you’re passionate about code you’ll obviously want to know about what’s happening on the cutting edge of your field.  If you just graduated and are looking for a job as a Javascript programmer you don’t need to be a master of Node.JS, Backbone.JS or Ember.JS, but you should definitely know what they are and try using them on your own.

    Have your priorities straight.  What should you be looking to get out of your first job?  Too many junior engineers, influenced by their more senior counterparts, are practically racing to break that six figure mark, but what’s the hurry?  Yes, there are some not-so-great companies that will overpay under-qualified candidates, but is that the right job for someone to build a career off of?  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this, but I believe that regardless of what field you’re in, there are certain priorities that everyone should hold close when trying to start a career.  Your first job should be about building skills.  Forget money in the short term, that will come (and quickly) if you can rapidly develop your own skill set.  If I had it all to do over again and chose to begin a career in the world of development, I’d look for a company with a cool product, a team I could learn from, and a support system I could fall back on.  You only get one first job, so it’s important to think long term in making these important life decisions. 

    Network within the industry.  Does it ever hurt to know people?  So much can be accomplished by building relationships within the tech community and it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort.  Believe it or not, it’s a small world out there and the person you spent ten minutes chatting with at an Objective-C conference six months ago very well might be the person interviewing you next week.  Get on and find events where you can meet like-minded individuals who share your interest in technology.  You might learn about emerging technical trends, make new friends, or even meet your future boss.  Hiring managers frequently attend meetups hoping to find passionate, talented developers to consider for their teams. 

    Find tech events nearby where you can network with hiring managers and other IT professionals.

    Too Long – Didn’t Read

    So you’re an entry level developer who wants to break into the tech world?  Prove it.  Believe it or not, you’re not entitled to an amazing first job just because you finished your CS program, even if you went to a great school.  Companies want to hire candidates that bring value to their organization, and hopefully this article will help a few of you out there understand how to accomplish that goal.  To summarize, do it for the love of the game, know what you’re hoping to get out of your first job, build connections, and stay up to date on technical trends.  The world of software development offers unlimited opportunities to those who seek them; take the bull by the horns and make it clear that you want it!

  • Jobspring Partners' Weekly Market Knowledge Report

    Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers!

    So here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:


    Russian startup’s Kinect-like hardware aims to help the blind ditch walking sticks (VentureBeat)

    The Russian based startup, Oriense, is working on a device that would alert the visually impaired with an audio signal when an object or person is in their path.

    Submitted by: Kieran Carr Get ready for .google and .apple (CNN)

    Thanks to the Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) domain names soon will no longer be confined to .net, .com, or .org surnames.

    Submitted by: Emily Swartz


    Grainger plans to add 300 jobs as it expands downtown  (Chicago Business Journal)

    W.W. Grainger Inc. plans to expand its downtown Chicago office and add up to 300 new jobs as part of plans to boost its technology capabilities and Internet sales.

    Submitted by: Michael Creevan

    Gmail's new killer feature: Spam blocking 2.0  (CNN Money)

    Over the next week, millions of Gmail users will notice that something's changed. Just like the web browser containing it, Gmail will have tabs.

    Submitted by: Amy Gulyas

    Los Angeles

    Debugging Windows Forms Controls Created with Visual Basic .NET or Visual C# .NET (

    This article shares the basics on how to debug your user controls, by creating a host application for them to run in.

    An Absolute Beginner's Tutorial on Cross Site Scripting(XSS) Prevention in ASP.NET(

    This article explains what exactly Cross Site Scripting(XSS) is, and how to prevent XSS attacks in an ASP.NET website.

    Submitted by: Paul Cutter

    New York

    Kozmos 2.0 PostMates Launches In New York City (Forbes)

    With PostMates, anything you want can be delivered to your doorstep under an hour; starting at $5.

    Submitted by: Emily Baumgartner

    Silicon Valley

    High School Student Creates Storage Device that can Charge in 20 Seconds  (Dailytech)

    An 18 year old high school student out of Saratoga just developed a storage device that can charge your cell phone in 20 seconds, winning her $50,000 dollars.

    Submitted by:  Ben Kuncz

    Say Goodbye To Ugly Newsletters, Stamplia Launches Its Email Templates Marketplace (Techcrunch)

    Stamplia is an email template market place where web designers can sell their HTML templates that will help with all kinds of verticals in dealing with creating visually appealing newsletters.

    Submitted by:  Andy Lee

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