Oldies but goodies.

Teaching Tech: Closing The Skills Gap

Last week, Techonomy held their annual conference in Detroit to discuss the current state of innovation in the United States.  Panels were organized to discuss best practices for cities trying to attract startups to their area — and keep them there.  Another topic discussed at Techonomy is how the U.S. Tech: Closing The Skills GapcodingImage_1

The Happy Small Business

Every quarter Wells Fargo measures the sentiment of small business owners.  This quarter’s data shows small business optimism is generally improving, while small companies added jobs in a wide variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, and business services. Here’s what the index, comprised of 600 small businesses, reported for the Happy Small Businesssmallbizimage_1

Losing Our Competitive Edge?

In a recent study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the group looked a the growing skills gap in the United States effecting state economies.  This study examined the variation between the skills companies need to drive growth and innovation versus the skills that currently exist within their organization Our Competitive Edge?competitiveness_1

Big Data Growth

Recently, Entrepreneur Magazine published an infographic, showing the current state of the big data industry and where it’s headed.  According to recent market data, big data analytics will be a $220 billion dollar industry by 2015.  We’ve written about the ROI when collecting large amounts of data here. They share Data Growthbigdatacover_1

The STEM Opportunities

The chatter is loud that the U.S. needs to step up their game when it comes to educating our children in the fields of science and technology…now termed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).  If the U.S. wants to remain globally competitive, the concerted effort to attract students to studying these STEM Opportunitiesstempost_1

Pulling The Weeds During The Hiring Process

Hiring is one of the most difficult management decisions a growth stage business encounters.  We talk about hiring challenges here and here.  One of the most important hires for a growth stage company is the sales team.  This group of people represents the business and are the direct line of The Weeds During The Hiring Processhiring_1