Roundup: VC-Backed Firms Good Places to Look

VC-backed companies
will hire more next year. The 2011 Venture
View survey, conducted by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow
Jones VentureSource, says venture firms will invest more, so their chief executive
officers expect to hire more. More than half of VCs see venture capital
investment picking up in 2011, with investments in the IT sector leading the
way. Investments in consumer Internet and digital media, cloud computing, and
mobile/telecom are also expected to increase.

Weekly Roundup: Venture-Backed Companies Are Promising Places to Look for WorkGoogle’s $1.9 billion
of a massive New York
office building highlights a
resurgence of Silicon Alley
. The city’s tech sector has gained 2,700 jobs
in the past year, according to state labor statistics, an increase of 6 percent.
(The city’s overall private sector grew 1.6 percent between November 2009 and
last month). Silicon Alley employs 47,700 today. Not bad, but still below its
peak of 50,200 in November 2000, the time of the dot-com bust.

Silicon Valley
are bucking the struggles of California’s economy. The Wall Street
Journal says Northern California’s
unemployment rate has eased more quickly over the last six months than the rest
of the state’s. Brocade and Juniper
have ramped up hiring – in fact, Brocade has more than 300
right now. Another company that looks like a good place to work:
Adobe, which recently
its best quarter ever and has some 370 openings.

On the East Coast,
the Judge Group, a leading professional services firm offering technology
consulting, enterprise-wide staffing and corporate training, announced
to increase hiring by 30 percent in 2011. The recent tax bill has
given clarity to businesses for a number of issues, said the company’s CEO, and
that’s allowed them to start hiring plans for next year.

Coders have some good
information with which to plan their 2011 career strategies. A
definitive list of the top 18 programming languages
, compiled by
cross-referencing information from various recruiting firms and programming websites,
shows that leading languages are currently Java, C, C++, C#, JavaScript, and PERL.
Java has been on top for several years now, and one study found that Java jobs
have increased 52 percent since April 2009.

Forbes magazine is
with another of its frequent lists, this one rating the cities with the
most optimistic hiring forecasts
for the winter season as. The winner: Baton Rouge, La.

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