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1. We talk tech earlier than any other city.

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8am to be exact. Just because we don't sleep doesn't mean we don't like breakfast. A (free!) monthly series, each TechBreakfast features speakers from a handful of tech companies. Chat with peers over OJ and bagels: win-win.

2. Tech education that won't break the bank.

Codify Academy offers speedy part-time program- four month classes take you from knowing nada to knowing Java(script). Master interactivity and jQuery and make some new friends while you're at it.

3. This conference.

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One of the most anticipated tech conferences of the year, TechCrunch's Disrupt brings together some of the tech industry's best and brightest for five full days of workshops, talks, . There's a Hackathon. There's a battle among startups. They offer 300 student tickets. The lineup looks crazy amazing. Plus this year, the Winklevoss twins (of Facebook fame) will be giving a talk on bitcoin. Can't miss it.

4. High-tech job growth is quadruple other NYC industries.

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In the four years of recovery data that have followed the most recent recession, NYC jobs in the tech industry have grown at 33%, which is four times the growth of jobs in other NYC industries (8%). Fun fact: while software publishing constituted only 2% of the jobs, it had the fastest rate of growth - 58% - during the recovery.

5. We (will) have a 'genius school' (by 2017ish).

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You might have heard about it in the news, but back in 2011, Mayor Bloomberg held a 'genius' school sweepstakes and six universities competed for the chance to turn a portion of the city into a tech/engineering oasis. Who won? No other than Ivy league Cornell, in partnership with Israel's Technion University. Intended to attract entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide, the school is expected to create 30,000 permanent jobs, 600 new companies, not to mention $23 BILLION in economic activity. Without a doubt, the campus will change the entrepreneurial scenery of New York City– "Silicon Alley," anyone? The 2-million square foot campus on Roosevelt island won't officially be open until 2037, but programs will begin at a temporary site in the city in 2017.

6. Lady power!

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Women In Tech works to encourage a larger female presence in the NYC tech world while amplifying the work of organizations that already provide opportunities for women and girls to be engaged in the tech community. They have weekly events, bringing together all levels of female pros in the industry, fostering a collaborative, encouraging, supportive, and challenging space for professional growth.

7. Even more lady power!

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New York Tech Women is another organization that originally began as a meetup. Clearly, there was enough interest among lady-techies and NYTechWomen was born! They have casual networking events, offer workshops, and are working to increase community and resources for women in tech.

8. The New York Tech Economy has its own website.

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Ok, it's not really the website of the NYC tech economy, but it details a recent study about said economy, full of facts and case studies on different companies that have been involved in the industry for various amounts of time.

9. Over half of our tech jobs aren't even in the tech industry.

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The study mentioned in #8 mentions the importance of distinguishing between tech occupations (tech jobs in non-tech industries) and tech industries. MoreTech occupations mean companies are especially receptive to the importance of technology at their company and are portioning some of their budget to adapt to the changing demands of consumers – they want digital access to information and mobile accessibility. The entire study is quite interesting.

10. TechDay is TODAY!

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That's right, today is TechDay in New York City. By the time you read this, it'll most likely be over, but mark it on your calendar for next year! TechDay brings together over 400 exhibitors (all startups) who show off their skills and present to the 10,000+ attendees science fair style. Investors, tech enthusiasts, general consumers, and the press all hit up this event to see what's in store for the tech landscape in the next several years. Best of all, it's FREE.

Posted: 4/24/2015 12:16:19 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments


1. We have conferences like this.

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SearchLove brings experts in analytics, content, PPC, website optimization and SEO to Boston. It's a playground for lovers of digital and creative marketing.

2. And this.

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An Event Apart brings together some of the best minds in usability, design, and code. With talks like "Content In Context is King" and "Atomic Design," it's a real flurry of creative activity.

3. Our reporters understand their digital importance.

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James Pindell, a political reporter for the Boston Globe, is running the show at the paper's GroundGame, their social media effort to cover election events and topics in realtime. He tweets, he posts, he Instagrams, and he knows how to give the Globe the edge.

4. Our creative colleges are joining forces.

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A new branch of Berklee College of Music, in collaborating with the MIT Media Lab, has been formed:  the Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. The Berklee ICE combines Berklee's innovative music program with MIT's tech and multimedia strengths, offering courses involving music industry research, design-focused startups, music therapy, and entrepreneurial projects.

5. Our startups are joining forces.

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A college town that's a workhorse in the tech industry, Boston is the perfect place for a startup like Valore. The company, which strives to help students keep the cost of college down by offering a marketplace for books and student loans, is acquiring Boundless, an online learning startup. They monitor the evolution of the digital landscape, and are committed to exploring and transforming their digital offerings in the area of higher education.

6. The MITX awards are here.

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These awards, given by the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, unite over a thousand of today's most relevant minds in the field of technology innovation and digital marketing. Recognition at the MITX Awards often translates to  http://mitx.org/events/event_detail.aspx?id=9fd8a730-b3e8-42ad-9d3f-9057ac99a75b

7. We care about our city website.

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The website for the city of Boston, as the main internet presence for the city, isn't indicative of its status as a city of digital innovation. Information is difficult to fin on the site, it's underused during emergencies, and could use a bit of an overhaul. Luckily, the city's chief digital officer (what a cool job) says the city could have a new website, as early as this year. And at the forefront of their redesign will be making information more accessible.

8. Tech jobs in Boston have their own weekly blog series.

Don't need to explain it, really: Hiring in the Hub

9. Tech events in Boston have their own weekly blog series.

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10. Our projects are killing it on Kickstarter.

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The CastleHUB home operating system, with voice control for your entire home, achieved its Kickstarter goal in two days. Two days!

11. We don't just do March Madness.

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With contenders like Drizly and HubSpot, Tech Madness has a pretty solid lineup. Plus there are new companies every year.

12. Our tech people have a heart.

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TUGG is an organization that includes young people in the cycle of technological entrepreneurship by empowering the community with education and experiences geared towards sourcing, screening, and funding social innovation.

.. aaand they know how to party.

13. Facebook's doubling their staff in the Hub!

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It's always a good sign when the biggest social media innovator in the country (world, even?) wants to double their staff. Facebook says they'll be hiring both experienced engineers and recent grads, and will also be announcing the second annual @Scale Boston event soon!

Posted: 4/20/2015 12:09:16 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments


Getting your foot in (even touching) the hiring door is often the biggest challenge of applying for jobs. Sometimes if you could just talk to a real human being, then the job would be yours, right? If they could just meet you. If you could just present some work and get a chance to explain that year gap in employment.. if you could just.  Maybe there's an easier way. Maybe if you read the job listing carefully, and tailor your response so the employer knows You Are What They Want, it doesn't have to be so hard. So here's how its done.

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1. Watch your (cover letter) words. There's some argument on this- some say it's best to include keywords from the job description in your cover letter. If that's what they're looking for, give it to 'em, right? We think it's more important to give tangible examples of a trait or skill rather than just spitting the job description right back at them. The job requires quick project turnarounds? "My current position handles projects with three week timelines, so I'm comfortable in a fast-paced environment." The job needs someone who collaborates and follows direction? "I work closely with my current art director to finalize overarching concepts and execute the relevant collateral."

2. Resume = keywords. The resume is where it's important to include the qualities listed in the job description. Try to avoid cliches (think outside the box, great track record, go-getter) and definitely don't say you're a "ninja," "guru," or "rockstar" in any particular area. Hiring managers want specific, action-related verbs. Say you created, increased, influenced, trained, launched, etc. and the hirers will appreciate your being straightforward. The days of vague self-praise are over.

3. That all being said, match the employer's tone. These days, it's difficult to tell what sort of job environment you could be walking into, but evaluating the vibe of the job description is a good start. If the listing is formal, mirror that in your application. A bit more casual? Don't worry about mentioning some personal attributes that might be relevant to a close-knit workplace. They're probably more concerned than you about whether or not you'll fit in, so make sure you get on their good side early. Not only will it get you the interview, but a good first impression is gold.

4. Be specific about why you want this particular job. Though qualifications will get you very far, employers also want someone who wants to be working with/for them. If you've been working in a certain corner of the digital industry but really want to spread your wings, this is a good thing to tell them. If you've spent a lot of time working in a lower tier but think your skills would translate well to a management position, mention that. If you've been working at a large corporate job but are really passionate about finding a small, startup workplace, they want to know that they're the end of your search.

Putting your best, most relevant self forward is the most efficient way to apply for a job. In a process with no wiggle room, every little bit counts, and tailoring your application to the language and specifications of a job description will get you far.

Posted: 4/14/2015 2:32:22 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments