East coast companies need to win at home in talent war

Charlie Kim, CEO of NextJump, who just organized the largest engineering job fair in New York said the challenge for local companies is to win the talent recruiting wars, which comes down competing at home, playing for the long term and getting top executives involved.

How Parse wants to make mobile backends easy

It’s been a busy summer for the founders of Parse, a new startup making a software platform that adds a cloud component to any mobile app. Part of Y Combinator’s summer 2011 class, Parse has already launched in beta and is quickly gaining steam with developers.

New York can’t & shouldn’t try to rival Silicon Valley

New York doesn’t have to rival Silicon Valley; it can be its own success story, with its own unique culture. And that is what the region should be looking at first, rather than trying to gain some bragging-rights parity with the San Francisco Bay Area.

New York takes its engineering talent crunch to the NYSE floor

The effort to solve New York’s engineering talent crunch is coming to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in a major recruiting event hosted by Next Jump and the NYSE. The event will bring together 500 top East Coast engineering students and 50 companies.

Now hiring in tech? Pony up the perks

As millions of Americans grapple with unemployment, many technology companies are actually desperate to hire new people. Folks with skills such as software and web development are in high demand nowadays, especially in Silicon Valley. And startups are going to great lengths to lure them in.

Are Crappy Startups Wall Street’s Fault?

The Kauffman Foundation claims in a new report that high-paying jobs in the financial sector have drained the prospective pool of startup founders until it’s pretty shallow. It may even be responsible for allowing “potentially weaker” startups to gain funding. Here’s a look at the arguments.

Netbook Tip — Drive a High Resolution Monitor

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Steve Rubel and I have been chatting quite a bit lately about netbooks. Steve is a “cloud guy” like me — he constantly uses web-based services and applications in lieu of software clients. For folks like us, devices such as the netbook and smartphone are our best friends.
Earlier today, Steve was asking me if I could drive an external monitor from my new Toshiba NB205. More importantly, he asks what resolution and color depth is supported. Although I use my netbook more on the go than in my home office, I explained to Steve that the ol’ VGA port on most netbooks might look paltry compared to today’s DVI and HDMI outputs, but don’t be deceived. Since the majority of netbooks run the Intel GMA 950 chipset, you can actually pump a resolution 2048×1536 at 32-bit color from that little netbook! In the above picture, I’m using the Toshiba NB205 on my external monitor at its native resolution of 1920×1200. There’s plenty of room for multiple browser windows, and of course, I have several tabs going in each.
Now this situation still isn’t ideal for video intensive gaming or enjoying high-definition┬ámovies. But from a productivity standpoint, it works extremely well. And if you don’t want to use the smaller keyboard and trackpad of a netbook in a case like this, it’s simple to add a wireless keyboard and mouse. The NB205 model I bought supports Bluetooth — the less expensive models don’t — so I have the option.
We tout the mobility of these little laptops all the time. But there’s something to be said for the immobile benefits as well. Why constrain yourself to a 10″ display at 1024×600 if you’re sitting still and have an external monitor to use?

Rumor Has It: Apple Putting 3G Into MacBooks, Rendering USB Sticks Useless

nousbstickAs if I didn’t have enough USB sticks sitting around doing nothing (512KB flash drives, Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless dongles, etc.). Now it looks like my 3G mobile broadband USB modem might soon join the ranks of the neglected and forgotten. Not because 4G networks are being built out as we speak, but because it looks like Apple (s aapl) is gearing up to start building 3G radios into their notebook computers. It’s about time, too, and frankly I’m surprised that more computer manufacturers haven’t gone this route long ago, considering the significant added incentive to buyers of having wide-coverage Internet access built in to their machines.

News of the new direction for Mac hardware comes from job postings, which have been garnering quite a bit of attention for Apple lately, considering the recent buzz about chip-making related positions. Now Cupertino seems to be looking for a few good 3G QA, design, and testing engineers to join their camp. The job descriptions, listed on their Hardware Engineering jobs site, list a variety of wireless specifications, with 3G among them, and the jobs in question talk about Mac applications specifically, so this isn’t just an iPhone-oriented position, as I initially suspected. Read More about Rumor Has It: Apple Putting 3G Into MacBooks, Rendering USB Sticks Useless