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:

Main Dishes

  • 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.

Side Dishes

  • 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!

  • | a new approach to business plan development

  • Confidant Solutions | easily capture, manage, and secure your family’s information online

  • | 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

Royal Sonesta Cambridge

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:

  1. New York
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Atlanta
  5. Chicago

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. ]

  1. Kiva Systems | Woburn
  2. Ahura Scientific | Wilmington
  3. NWN | Waltham
  4. Nexcelom Bioscience | Lawrence
  5. Innovative Foods | Wilmington
  6. CJ Environmental | Sharon
  7. Mediaspectrum | Burlington
  8. Kaydon Group | Taunton
  9. Senior Whole Health | Cambridge
  10. Johnny Cupcakes | Weymouth
  11. eIQnetworks | Acton
  12. 2Is | Walpole
  13. Reveal Imaging Technologies | Bedford
  14. Rapid7 | Boston
  15. Zipcar | Cambridge
  16. Orbis Clinical | Woburn
  17. Watermark Environmental | Lowell
  18. | Framingham
  19. BackOffice Associates | South Harwich
  20. Plenus Group | Lowell
  21. eClinicalWorks | Westborough
  22. Acronis | Burlington
  23. AutomatedQA | Beverly
  24. Smart Destinations | Boston
  25. Blue Cod Technologies | Marlborough
  26. Universal Mind | Westfield
  27. XMLaw | Braintree
  28. Cambridge NanoTech | Cambridge
  29. Planet Shoes | Waltham
  30. AgilePath | Newburyport
  31. Reflexis Systems | Dedham
  32. MindLeaf Technologies | Bedford
  33. Apps Associates | Westford
  34. Exclusive Concepts | Waltham
  35. Pro-Teck Services | Waltham
  36. NuView Systems | Andover
  37. Pongo Resume | Northborough
  38. SEI Boston | Boston
  39. HUB Technical Services | South Easton
  40. ExtensionEngine | North Andover
  41. Globoforce | Southborough
  42. Communispace | Watertown
  43. IneoQuest | Mansfield
  44. Bullhorn | Boston
  45. Neighborhood Diabetes | Woburn
  46. Waveguide | Chelmsford
  47. S4 | Burlington
  48. Odyssey Systems Consulting Group | Wakefield
  49. Quantech Services | Lexington
  50. Senate Construction | Shirley
  51. Treeline | Wakefield
  52. Atalasoft | Easthampton
  53. PepperDash Technology | Allston
  54. Observant | Waltham
  55. Oasis Systems | Lexington
  56. LightWedge | Newton
  57. WorldAPP | Braintree
  58. Infoscitex | Waltham
  59. Glance Networks | Arlington
  60. TalentBurst | Framingham
  61. Graduate Leverage | Waltham
  62. Everon Technology Services | Boston
  63. Preserve | Waltham
  64. Veroxity Technology Partners | Bedford
  65. Crowe Paradis | Wakefield
  66. Syrinx Consulting | Waltham
  67. Massachusetts Technology | Allston
  68. Beacon Partners | Weymouth
  69. Atlas Travel International | Milford
  70. VoIP Logic | Williamstown
  71. SOURCEntra | Framingham
  72. Isis Maternity | Needham
  73. Daymark Solutions | Littleton
  74. Integration Partners | Lexington
  75. AgencyPort Insurance Services | Boston
  76. Beacon Hill Staffing Group | Boston
  77. Late July Snacks | Barnstable
  78. Decision Resources | Waltham
  79. Compressor World | South Easton
  80. 21st Century Biochemicals | Marlborough
  81. Strictly By The Book | Fall River
  82. BOC International | Boston
  83. Accounting Management Solutions | Waltham
  84. Beacon Application Services | Framingham
  85. Boston Interactive | Charlestown
  86. Integrated Design Group | Boston
  87. Safecore | Burlington
  88. SmartPak Equine | Plymouth
  89. Metatomix | Dedham
  90. Parietal Systems | North Andover
  91. OmniPresence | Marlborough
  92. Verndale | Boston
  93. Iatric Systems | Boxford
  94. Cape Medical Supply | Sandwich
  95. Chiller Technology | Woburn
  96. K logix | Brookline
  97. Merchant Warehouse | Boston
  98. Dennison Lubricants | Lakeville
  99. Tri Wire Engineering Solutions | Tewksbury
  100. 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.

Forward Focus

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.

Boston Market

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston have been recalculated for September. An analysis of job postings at 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.

Training Opportunity

The best training opportunity in September begins this week with FREE online Ajax training. Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a Top 10 Web technology in terms of job demand in the Boston technology marketplace. JavaScript and XML are also Top 10 technologies. With more than 100 job openings mentioning Ajax in job descriptions, and nearly twice as many mentioning JavaScript and XML, few technologies will grab the attention of recruiters than Ajax.

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
  • JavaScript 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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