Monday, September 19, 2011

Startup Watch | June 2011

Startup companies create jobs. According to StartUpHire.com there are currently more than 800 job openings at startup companies in the Boston area.

FounderMatchUp Boston

If you are looking to make personal connections with entrepreneurs in the startup arena, check out FounderMatchUp -- Where Co-Founders Connect.

Opportunities exist in the areas of web design, web development, finance, marketing, sales, and more. To make a personal connection simply register for this FREE networking event and begin making connections.

Event Details:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Microsoft NERD
Cambridge, MA

Startup Watch for June

In addition to this networking opportunity, check out Mass High Tech which highlights startup companies each week in a series called "Five You Should Follow."

Here are 16 startup companies to keep your eye on:

[NOTE: Hover over company name to view a tooltip summary of that company's value proposition.]

» Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Cambridge

» DailyFeats, Inc. | Cambridge

» Elerts Corp. | Braintree

» GrabCAD | GrabCAD

» LuckyLabs, Inc. | Cambridge

» Made in the Commonwealth LLC | Boston

» Objective Logistics LLC | New Bedford

» Orban Bioscience | Brookline

» Senexx, Inc. | Cambridge

» Smarterer, Inc. | Boston

» SmartRM, Inc. | Boston

» Strohl Medical Technologies, Inc. | Norwell

» Sun Catalytix Corp. | Cambridge

» TotalTab | Uxbridge

» VeloBit, Inc. | Boxborough

» Wing Power Energy, Inc. | Salem

Five new startups are listed every Tuesday at Mass High Tech -- The Journal of New England Technology. Access Startup News for details. If your company was founded within the last three years, and would like to be considered for the Watch List, contact the Startup Watch editor.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Web Innovators Group | WebInno31

Nine companies. Nine hundred networking opportunities. All in one room. All FREE.

If you are interested in previewing the latest innovations on the Internet and mobile devices, and networking with industry leaders, then check out the next gathering of the Web Innovators Group.

This 31st installment will feature the following presentations:

Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Event Details

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 6:30 pm

Royal Sonesta Cambridge

Registration is FREE and the networking could prove invaluable! Check out the Attendee List of more than 900 pre-registrants to determine if this networking event is right for you.

Registrants are encouraged to join the Boston Web Innovators Group on LinkedIn and connect with nearly 1,500 members.

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Boston Market | September 2011

As President Obama addresses the nation about job creation in America, workers with in-demand skills are fairing better than others.

Notably, residents of Massachusetts are experiencing a 7.6 percent unemployment rate, considerably better than the national average rate of 9.1 percent. And residents of Massachusetts with the right mix of technology skills and experience have more options than most.

Developers In Demand

WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, ran a Labor Day story entitled In Tough Labor Market, Software Developers Wanted. The story featured Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO of Cambridge-based HubSpot. Not only is he having a challenge finding talent, he is willing to give you $10,000 just for helping him find the right developers to join his team.

Boston Job Market for September

So, what are the Web-related technology skills that are most in-demand in the Boston metro area? The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated and appears in the right-hand column. Each technology links to job postings at Boston.com that list that technology keyword in the job description.

The number of job postings for most technologies has increased since early June despite the uncertainty surrounding our elected leaders' inability to form a consensus around the best way to steer our economic ship.

Technology Training Opportunity

One challenge that faces many job seekers is "How can I learn the skills I need to qualify for one of these jobs?" Boston PHP has a solution. Boston PHP is the largest Web technology Meetup in New England with more than 2,000 members.

Boston PHP offers two virtual self-study groups targeting Web technology beginners.

~ PHP Percolate! for beginners who want to learn the basics of PHP and MySQL

~ jQuery jAM for beginners who want the learn the basics of JavaScript and jQuery

Why these technologies? Simply because employers are looking for workers who have these skills:

#4 JavaScript | 372 job postings
#12 PHP | 177 job postings
#14 MySQL | 165 job postings
#20 jQuery | 132 job postings

If you would like to participate in one of the Boston PHP self-study groups, simply become a member of Boston PHP and state your interest in joining either PHP Percolate! or jQuery jAM when you sign up. Membership is free.

Full Disclosure: PHP Percolate! and jQuery jAM are lead by the author of this blog article.

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