Why tech professionals are getting ready to move, fewer job seekers are starting their own companies, and good places to network in New York – with beer. (And here’s the link I promise in the video.)
Our main points:
- It seems tech
professionals are becoming more confident about their prospects
- Harris Interactive found 38
percent say the economy is getting stronger, up from 32 percent in the
- That confidence seems to be
turning into something like wanderlust, since notable chunks of IT workers
say they’re “likely” to look for a new job in the next year.
- By “notable,” I
mean 61 percent of those earning between $35,000 and $50,000 a year
- 27 percent of those making
$50,000 – $75,000,
- and 36 percent of those
making more than $75,000.
- You could argue all those
salary cuts or suspended raises are coming home to roost.
out-of-work job seekers are starting their own businesses.
- Challenger, Gray & Christmas says
only 3.7 percent of unemployed workers are starting their own companies
rather than look for a job.
- That’s down from 7.6 percent
in the first half of 2009 and 9.6 percent in the second half.
- It’s not clear why this is
- But here’s something
- Venture capital seems to be
opening up again.
- Dow Jones VentureSource says
VCs put money into everything from software to electric-vehicle
infrastructure during the second quarter.
- In fact, technology and
healthcare were the two most-favored sectors. They received $4.6 billion of
the total $7.1 billion invested last quarter.
- If you’re in New York,
Business Insider has a look at the bars where you’re most likely to meet
- Chelsea and the East Village
seem like the most happening places.
- (If you want to check one of
them out, send me an e-mail. I’ll buy.)
— Mark Feffer