Sunday, September 20, 2009
Web Innovators Group | WebInno 23
If you are interested in previewing the latest innovations on the Internet and mobile devices, check out the next gathering of the Web Innovators Group.
This 23rd installment (WebInno23) will feature the following presentations:
- Book of Odds | the missing dictionary that tries to answer the question people ask almost daily: "What are the odds of that?"
- Epernicus | a professional networking platform designed to connect research scientists with their real world scientific networks, enabling them to find the resources they need to advance their work.
- BatchBook | simply provides a handy place for you to store your contact information and keep it organized in the way that makes sense for you.
- Clickframes | build web apps with a single source of truth for every member of your team
- BetterLesson | create, organize and share your curriculum
- Baydin | Life’s too short to hunt for documents. Let Baydin do it for you!
- TheIdeaStartup.com | a new approach to business plan development
- Confidant Solutions | easily capture, manage, and secure your family’s information online
- Happn.in | shows you what people are twittering about in your city
- Tripleseat Software | provides a web based sales and event management solution restaurants
A special break-out session will also be facilitated, "An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Bootstrapping PR."
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 6:30 pm
Registration is FREE and the networking could prove invaluable! Check out the Attendee List of more than 700 hundred pre-registrants to determine if this networking event is right for you. To learn more about how you can use this networking event to connect with others check out an introductory video from the last WebInno event.
Registrants are encouraged to join the Boston Web Innovators Group on LinkedIn and connect with more than 1,000 members.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Fastest Growing Companies | Inc 5000
Fast growing companies emerge, even in a slow economy. More than one million employees work for the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States. These companies have a median annual revenue of more than $10 million.
This is the third is a series or articles about fast growing companies in a down economy. The previous two features were the following:
For the second year in a row, technology is the place to be. More companies are in the "IT Services" category than any other category, accounting for more than 13 percent of all fast growing companies.
The 5,000 fastest growing private companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine. The metro areas with the most fast growing companies are as follows:
- New York
- Washington, DC
- Los Angeles
Fast growing companies need bright, energetic workers to help maintain their momentum. You can access an interactive Inc 5000 list and see which companies are growing the fastest in your city or state.
Fast Growing Companies in Massachusetts
Listed below are the 100 fastest growing private companies in Massachusetts:
[ NOTE: Simply log into your LinkedIn account on a separate tab, then click the "in" icon next to the company name below to identify the LinkedIn connections you might have within that organization. ]
- Kiva Systems | Woburn
- Ahura Scientific | Wilmington
- NWN | Waltham
- Nexcelom Bioscience | Lawrence
- Innovative Foods | Wilmington
- CJ Environmental | Sharon
- Mediaspectrum | Burlington
- Kaydon Group | Taunton
- Senior Whole Health | Cambridge
- Johnny Cupcakes | Weymouth
- eIQnetworks | Acton
- 2Is | Walpole
- Reveal Imaging Technologies | Bedford
- Rapid7 | Boston
- Zipcar | Cambridge
- Orbis Clinical | Woburn
- Watermark Environmental | Lowell
- DestinationWeddings.com | Framingham
- BackOffice Associates | South Harwich
- Plenus Group | Lowell
- eClinicalWorks | Westborough
- Acronis | Burlington
- AutomatedQA | Beverly
- Smart Destinations | Boston
- Blue Cod Technologies | Marlborough
- Universal Mind | Westfield
- XMLaw | Braintree
- Cambridge NanoTech | Cambridge
- Planet Shoes | Waltham
- AgilePath | Newburyport
- Reflexis Systems | Dedham
- MindLeaf Technologies | Bedford
- Apps Associates | Westford
- Exclusive Concepts | Waltham
- Pro-Teck Services | Waltham
- NuView Systems | Andover
- Pongo Resume | Northborough
- SEI Boston | Boston
- HUB Technical Services | South Easton
- ExtensionEngine | North Andover
- Globoforce | Southborough
- Communispace | Watertown
- IneoQuest | Mansfield
- Bullhorn | Boston
- Neighborhood Diabetes | Woburn
- Waveguide | Chelmsford
- S4 | Burlington
- Odyssey Systems Consulting Group | Wakefield
- Quantech Services | Lexington
- Senate Construction | Shirley
- Treeline | Wakefield
- Atalasoft | Easthampton
- PepperDash Technology | Allston
- Observant | Waltham
- Oasis Systems | Lexington
- LightWedge | Newton
- WorldAPP | Braintree
- Infoscitex | Waltham
- Glance Networks | Arlington
- TalentBurst | Framingham
- Graduate Leverage | Waltham
- Everon Technology Services | Boston
- Preserve | Waltham
- Veroxity Technology Partners | Bedford
- Crowe Paradis | Wakefield
- Syrinx Consulting | Waltham
- Massachusetts Technology | Allston
- Beacon Partners | Weymouth
- Atlas Travel International | Milford
- VoIP Logic | Williamstown
- SOURCEntra | Framingham
- Isis Maternity | Needham
- Daymark Solutions | Littleton
- Integration Partners | Lexington
- AgencyPort Insurance Services | Boston
- Beacon Hill Staffing Group | Boston
- Late July Snacks | Barnstable
- Decision Resources | Waltham
- Compressor World | South Easton
- 21st Century Biochemicals | Marlborough
- Strictly By The Book | Fall River
- BOC International | Boston
- Accounting Management Solutions | Waltham
- Beacon Application Services | Framingham
- Boston Interactive | Charlestown
- Integrated Design Group | Boston
- Safecore | Burlington
- SmartPak Equine | Plymouth
- Metatomix | Dedham
- Parietal Systems | North Andover
- OmniPresence | Marlborough
- Verndale | Boston
- Iatric Systems | Boxford
- Cape Medical Supply | Sandwich
- Chiller Technology | Woburn
- K logix | Brookline
- Merchant Warehouse | Boston
- Dennison Lubricants | Lakeville
- Tri Wire Engineering Solutions | Tewksbury
- The Brookeside Group | Acton
The Next Step
Remember, if you're trying to land work at one of these companies, take the advice offered by the 8th annual Sources of Hire Study:
"We continue to advise job seekers to NEVER apply to a company without first networking to an employee in that firm for a referral. The difference in probability of getting “up to bat” is too large to ignore."
If you believe you can excel in a fast growing organization, then tap into your LinkedIn network to gain an introduction into that organization and explore ways in which you can add your unique value to their operation.
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Monday, September 07, 2009
Boston Market | September 2009
OK. Let's get the bad news out of the way. An unemployment rate approaching 10% is not the most positive news to hear during a Labor Day weekend.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the news may be even worse:
The underemployment rate for August was 16.8 percent.
"Underemployment" is a broader measure that includes capable Americans who would like to work full-time, but have to settle for part-time opportunities, and those who are too discouraged to even look for work.
What follows are a few thoughts on how Web technology professionals can to get out from under the underemployment shadow.
Let's look forward by focusing on what industry experts are saying.
The AIGA Design Leaders Confidence Index reveals that demand for design services is improving. This finding marks the second consecutive quarterly improvement reported by more than 300 design leaders working in various types of practices.
The ExecuNet Recruiter Confidence Index reveals that search firms are expecting an improvement over the next six months in placing workers in leadership positions. Just seven percent of recruiters are "not confident" that the market will get better during this period.
The Spherion Employee Confidence Index registered its highest level in more than 18 months as workers who have jobs are growing increasingly confident in the improving strength of the economy.
The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston have been recalculated for September. An analysis of job postings at Monster.com reveals that job opportunities remained stable during August despite the perception that late summer is a slow hiring period. Half of the Top 20 Technologies show an increase in job postings in early September over early August.
The Top 20 List is located in the right-hand column and is dominated by database and programming skills. One newcomer to this month's Top 20 came about as a result of feedback from an executive recruiter. He stated that he was was experiencing an increase in demand for "UI Designers."
A search on this term landed it at #20 with 75 job postings. According to Wikipedia, "The goal of user interface design is to make the user's interaction as simple and efficient as possible." Job seekers with design skills may want to add "UI (user interface)" to their professional bios and social profiles.
Free Ajax training is offered by Sang Shin, technology evangelist at Sun Microsystems. This 18-week course will guide you through some of the following topics:
- Ajax Basics
- Libraries and frameworks (Dojo, Prototype, jQuery, etc.)
- and much more
Participants receive a certificate upon successful completion during the first quarter of 2010. To learn more, access Ajax and Web 2.0 Programming (with Passion!) Online Course.
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