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The spreadsheet maker who created Scotland’s flying unicorn
Mure Dickie in Edinburgh and Madhumita Murgia in London NOVEMBER 25, 2016.

Entrepreneur's belief pays off with GBP1.4 bn China buyout
travel  Scotland  small_business  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  software_developers  buyouts 
may 2018 by jerryking
Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette sets his sights on keeping Canadian tech talent at home - The Globe and Mail
TAMSIN MCMAHON U.S. CORRESPONDENT
PALO ALTO, CALIF.
PUBLISHED MAY 13, 2018

As the chief financial officer of Google, Montreal native Patrick Pichette would often make the trip home from Silicon Valley with the message that Canadian companies were too slow in fully embracing the digital economy. These days, he’s offering a different message for Canadian startups: Stay home.

Nearly three years ago, Mr. Pichette quit his US$20-million-a-year job as a senior executive at one of the world’s most powerful internet companies with plans to explore the world.

Now, after almost two years of steady travel, Mr. Pichette, 55, is focusing on the next chapter of his post-Google career. For that, he has set his sights on Canada, where he hopes to invest in building the next generation of entrepreneurial talent.

Earlier this year, he joined Canadian venture firm iNovia as a general partner, attracted by both its strategy to fund Canadian startups in order to keep them at home, but also by the firm’s global ambitions. Mr. Pichette is in the process of moving to Britain for the next several years, where he will establish a London office for iNovia and help steer the firm’s European expansion.

Persistent fears over a brain drain to the United States flared up again this month when researchers at the University of Toronto and Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., published a study showing that as many as two-thirds of software-engineering graduates from the top Canadian schools were heading abroad to work, often to established firms in Silicon Valley, where they can earn significantly higher salaries.

Mr. Pichette argues that Canada has other advantages for its homegrown tech talent: an expanding tech ecosystem to support entrepreneurs, a more affordable work force for growing startups to tap into and a drastically lower cost of living than the San Francisco Bay Area.
Patrick_Pichette  Google  alumni  iNovia  venture_capital  vc  talent  heritage_migration  software_developers  brain_drain  Silicon_Valley  CFOs  crossborder 
may 2018 by jerryking
A new boss for McKinsey - Firm direction
Mar 1st 2018

On February 25th the result of a long election process was made public. Kevin Sneader, the Scottish chairman of McKinsey’s Asia unit, will replace Dominic Barton as managing partner—the top job. He inherits a thriving business. The firm remains by far the biggest of the premium consultancies (see table). Over the past decade, annual revenues have doubled to $10bn; so too has the size of the partnership, to more than 2,000......Mr Barton claims that half of what it does today falls within capabilities that did not exist five years ago. It is working to ensure that customers turn to McKinseyites for help with all things digital. It has had to make acquisitions in some areas: recent purchases include QuantumBlack, an advanced-analytics firm in London, and LUNAR, a Silicon-Valley design company. It is increasingly recruiting outside the usual business schools to bring in seasoned data scientists and software developers.....McKinsey has kept plenty of older ones as clients, such as Hewlett Packard, but it has a lot more to do to crack new tech giants and unicorns (private startups worth more than $1bn). ....McKinsey’s response is to try to gain a foothold earlier on in tech firms’ life-cycles. It is targeting medium-sized companies, which would not have been able to afford its fees, by offering shorter projects with smaller “startup-sized” teams
appointments  CEOs  data_scientists  management_consulting  McKinsey  mergers_&_acquisitions  SMEs  software_developers 
march 2018 by jerryking
As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change - The New York Times
By STEVE LOHR JULY 28, 2015

Whether the on-ramp proves to be a lasting pathway to high pay and stimulating work remains to be seen. The boom-to-bust cycles in the tech business can be wrenching, like the last downturn in the early 2000s after the dot-com bubble burst. Nearly everyone in the industry was hit. Yet software development and engineering jobs held up better than ones in finance, marketing, sales and administration.

For now, at least, it is a seller’s market for those who can master new technology tools for lowering a business’s costs, reaching its customers and automating decision-making — notably, cloud computing, mobile apps and data analytics.

Companies cannot hire fast enough. Glassdoor, an employment site, lists more than 7,300 openings for software engineers, ahead of job openings for nurses, who are chronically in short supply. For the smaller category of data scientists, there are more than 1,200 job openings. Demand is highest in San Francisco. Nationally, the average base salary for software engineers is $100,000, and $112,000 for data scientists.
coding  software  Steve_Lohr  software_developers  boom-to-bust  software_development  programming  career_paths 
july 2015 by jerryking
Twitter unveils slate of new development products - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
SAN FRANCISCO — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 201
Twitter  Omar_el_Akkad  tools  software_developers  mobile_applications 
october 2014 by jerryking
Google takes aim at Apple with new gadgets launch - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 25 2014,

Among the products unveiled were Google Fit (a health and fitness platform), Android Auto (which brings the popular operating system to cars) and Android TV.

Many of these products seem to mirror similar offerings recently released by Google’s chief rival, Apple. For example, at the iPhone-maker’s own developers’ conference earlier this month, the company boasted of its own fitness software platform, HealthKit, and a tool called CarPlay that offers drivers a safer way to use their iPhones in the car....In the fight for connected device dominance, the companies’ strategies are markedly different.

Whereas Apple’s mobile product lineup has always had a razor-sharp focus, Google tends to design and announce myriad product types and categories, and then quietly retire those that don’t catch on with consumers.
Omar_el_Akkad  Google  Android  software_developers  Apple  product_launches  privacy  connected_devices  Industrial_Internet  mobile_applications  wearables 
june 2014 by jerryking
How do you identify/attract/hire good programmers to implement an idea if you yourself are not a coder?
Jeff Kesselman, 25 years in the video game ... (more)
If you are going to build a technical team, you need a techncial team builder. Which is to say CTO. Thats a key hire and the one you should b...
CTO  Quora  Paul_Graham  software_developers  software_development  hiring 
april 2014 by jerryking
Great Hackers
(Charles Waud & WaudWare. Can Waudware develop on a different platform, enabling 3rd parties to develop for it? Would that make PICs more commercially appealing?)

There's no controversy about which idea is most controversial: the suggestion that variation in wealth might not be as big a problem as we think.

I didn't say in the book that variation in wealth was in itself a good thing. I said in some situations it might be a sign of good things. A throbbing headache is not a good thing, but it can be a sign of a good thing-- for example, that you're recovering consciousness after being hit on the head.

Variation in wealth can be a sign of variation in productivity. (In a society of one, they're identical.) And that is almost certainly a good thing: if your society has no variation in productivity, it's probably not because everyone is Thomas Edison. It's probably because you have no Thomas Edisons.

In a low-tech society you don't see much variation in productivity....In programming, as in many fields, the hard part isn't solving problems, but deciding what problems to solve. Imagination is hard to measure, but in practice it dominates the kind of productivity that's measured in lines of code.

Productivity varies in any field, but there are few in which it varies so much (as software development)..This is an area where managers can make a difference. Like a parent saying to a child, I bet you can't clean up your whole room in ten minutes, a good manager can sometimes redefine a problem as a more interesting one.
Paul_Graham  hackers  productivity  software_developers  software_development  coding  programming  income_distribution  income_inequality  WaudWare  imagination  variations  productivity_payoffs  Thomas_Edison  discernment  worthwhile_problems 
february 2014 by jerryking
California firm buys Toronto mobile developer Xtreme Labs
Oct. 02 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by OMAR EL AKKAD.

“The convergence of mobile, social, big data, and cloud is driving extraordinary change in the enterprise.” Xtreme Labs co-founders Amar Varma and Sundeep Madra said in a statement. “To help customers win in this new era, Pivotal is enabling the creation of modern software applications that leverage big and fast data – on a single, cloud independent platform.”

Xtreme Labs did not disclose the purchase price to The Globe and Mail. Citing sources close to the deal, All Things Digital reported the price at $65-million (U.S.).
mergers_&_acquisitions  Omar_el_Akkad  mobile_applications  software_developers  software_development 
october 2013 by jerryking
The Boys from Bangalore: How my partners and I learned the lessons of outsourcing firsthand and still kept our jobs
Oct 29, 2004| Globe and Mail | By Doug Steiner.

Starting up businesses allows entrepreneurs to look at the cost of everything. A while back, my partners and I funded a start-up to build
an on-line...
Doug_Steiner  Outsourcing  India  software  software_developers 
september 2013 by jerryking
Nike Courts App Developers for FuelBand, Takes a Page From Apple's Playbook - WSJ.com
June 19, 2013 | WSJ | By SHELLY BANJO.

Nike is giving select developers terabytes of data from customers wearing the digital wristband. The company hopes the aggregate data—from the average duration of a run (35 minutes) to how energetic residents of certain cities are (New Yorkers move more than Angelenos)—will lead to apps that make the FuelBand more indispensable to users....Nike's data-sharing venture is part of a larger shift at the Beaverton, Ore., sportswear giant to think more like a technology company. Nike, which reported $24 billion in revenue last year, can no longer just make sneakers and clothing...but also must develop a technology business to better connect with customers who are increasingly glued to smartphones and social media...."The iPhone was successful because people built great apps around it," said Greg Gottesman, managing director at Madrona Venture Group, LLTP -7.41% a Seattle venture capital firm, and a Nike accelerator mentor. "Nike will be more successful owning a platform, rather than just a product."...Nike created a new digital sports division in 2010 to build a more vigorous technology platform around its Nike Plus offerings, placing it in a separate building on its headquarters campus to avoid the company's bureaucracy.

The results so far include the FuelBand, an exercise training game for the Xbox, and basketball shoes with built-in pressure sensors that measure how high players jump.

"Are we a traditional technology company? No, but we're finding a place where technology plays a relevant role in bringing innovation to every athlete in the world," Mr. Olander said.
software_developers  mobile_applications  Nike  Shelly_Banjo  sports  sportswear  sensors  incubators  start_ups  data_driven  platforms  ecosystems  connected_devices  wearables  accelerators  athletes_&_athletics  playbooks 
june 2013 by jerryking
'Fraidy cats
February 22, 2013
Gary Salewicz

Without putting too fine a point on it, both men - one a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, the other a head of the wireless upstart Wind Mobile - bemoan Canada as a land of wimps: For Lee, it's revealed in the fact that few Canadian software engineers are willing to take a flyer on their careers and create start-ups; for Lacavera, it's about the shortage of Canadians willing to finance start-ups. This, of course, is reducing their arguments to simplistic terms, but you get the point.

Tyler Brûlé - founder of Wallpaper and Monocle magazines - whose mug also appears in the magazine (page 9), struck a similar note in a recent chat he had with students at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After he decamped Toronto for London with little more than a degree and an outsized ego, Brûlé built a media mini-empire; the lesson for students, embrace risk.

We're not all a bunch of 'fraidy cats sitting on our hands.
start_ups  entrepreneurship  risks  Tyler_Brûlé  risk-taking  risk-aversion  Anthony_Lacavera  playing_it_safe  Canada  Canadian  software_developers 
february 2013 by jerryking
Should the Boss Learn to Code? - WSJ.com
September 6, 2012, 5:11 a.m. ET

Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need to Know How to Code?

By BEN ROONEY
start_ups  CEOs  entrepreneur  Codeacademy  software_developers 
september 2012 by jerryking
Code for America, a Peace Corps for Civic-Minded Geeks | Marvels - WSJ.com
August 24, 2012 | WSJ| By HOLLY FINN.

A Peace Corps for Civic-Minded Geeks
How young techies are saving cities time, money—even lives



CfA fellows have designed more than 35 apps, for everything from urban blight to school buses. In New Orleans, they coded a system to more accurately sort the backlog of properties for demolition. In Santa Cruz, Calif., they're streamlining the application process to open a business. The group runs an Accelerator for civic start-ups. Its work presses governments to make information more visible (530 data sets liberated) and helps communities to mobilize (write-a-thons with 2,500 people). Textizen, a citizen feedback app built this year, has already been repurposed in three cities.

Government spending on information technology in 2012 is set at $79.5 billion federally and $55.4 billion for state and local. Meanwhile, to complete one government project—estimated at two years and $2 million—it took a couple of CfA fellows just 2½ months.
CfA  government_2.0  gov_2.0  cities  geeks  coding  mobile_applications  smartphones  software_developers 
august 2012 by jerryking
These Warriors Use Stealth and War Skills to Write Computer Code - WSJ.com
April 7, 2010| WSJ | By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER.

In the Search for a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
These Silicon Valley Warriors Write Computer Code; 'Guru Is So Web 1.0'
Silicon_Valley  software  career_paths  software_developers  coding  stealth 
june 2012 by jerryking
A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet - NYTimes.com
By JENNA WORTHAM
March 27, 2012

The market for night classes and online instruction in programming and Web construction, as well as for iPhone apps that teach, is booming. Those jumping on board say they are preparing for a future in which the Internet is the foundation for entertainment, education and nearly everything else. Knowing how the digital pieces fit together, they say, will be crucial to ensuring that they are not left in the dark ages.
Codeacademy  software_developers  Jenna_Wortham 
march 2012 by jerryking
Teaching Ventures Catch the Programming Wave
DECEMBER 8, 2011 | WSJ | By JESSICA E VASCELLARO.

The services are taking hold as computer programming continues to gain allure and relevance amid the rise of mainstream tech companies like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. and almost every industry going digital. But despite the fact colleges are churning out more programmers, many fast-growing Silicon Valley companies say they still can't find enough of them.

Overall, the number of students who received a bachelor's degree in computing rose nearly 11% in 2010, according to the Computer Research Association, which tallied 12,501 degrees at the nearly 200 institutions it tracks. But the number of U.S. high schools offering introductory computer science dropped to 69% in 2011 from 78% in 2005, according to Computer Science Teachers Association. The trade group attributes the drop to a decline in electives caused by budget constraints at school districts nationwide.
----------------------------------------Letter to the editor
If the WSJ is not going to bother fact-checking things it writes, then it should have the decency to mark its puff-piece advertisements as what they are: advertisements.

Of course these "schools" are going to claim that there is bottomless demand for the product that they are churning out: programmers. That doesn't make their claims true.
start_ups  letters_to_the_editor  software  Treehouse_Island  Codeacademy  software_developers  Jessica_E._Vascellaro 
december 2011 by jerryking
Silicon Valley Reborn as Smartphone Valley - CNBC
4 Oct 2011 | Financial Times| By: Chris Nuttall.

Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 5 on Tuesday at its Cupertino HQis just the latest sign that Silicon Valley is taking on a fresh mantle of Smartphone Valley, with its growing reputation making it a magnet for mobile operators around the world.

AT&T, Verizon and Vodafone have all just opened research, testing and incubation centres in San Francisco and the Valley only weeks apart. weeks apart....The app culture that both have engendered means there is a race on among operators to feature the newest trends and advances in software first, amid fierce competition for the attention of Silicon Valley developers.

Vodafone’s lab allows developers to incubate their ideas and test how apps and services would perform on the worldwide networks it replicates at its facility.

“We want to bring to market these ideas and accelerate the process – the hope is that six to nine months after we prove something here, it can be in the hands of a user in one of our operating countries,”
Chris_Nuttall  Silicon_Valley  smartphones  Apple  Android  mobile_applications  iPhone  software_developers  wireless_networks  Verizon  Vodafone  incubators  accelerators 
october 2011 by jerryking

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