Posts tagged with Acquihire

Will designers get a gold rush of their own?

There's arguably never been a better time to be a developer.

Looking for a full-time job? If you have the chops, they are plentiful, and if you're in a hot market, salaries are high. Not interested in the nine-to-five routine? Freelance opportunities abound and investors are still pouring big bucks into startups, with many focusing on backing entrepreneurial engineers who can turn their ideas into code.

But if all success on the web and mobile internet required was a few hundred thousand lines of awesome Ruby code, a few NoSQL databases here and there and a clever Amazon AWS-based architecture, there would be a lot more Facebooks out there.

What's missing for many companies? One word: design.

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Is the end of the acquihire near?

If you're a tech titan with lots of cash and a healthy stock price, one of the best ways to fill your ranks with talented employees in the latest boom has been to acquire small young startups before they become the next big thing.

The founders of targeted startups get an exit on their resume and a retention package that will ensure financial comfort, and investors in the startups get, well, the shaft as most of the money in the deal comes in the form of those employee retention packages.

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Five rules for boosting mobile app user retention

With smartphone penetration rising and more and more consumers turning to the mobile web, the opportunity to get your mobile app into the hands of those consumers might seem to be growing by leaps and bounds.

But getting the users you acquire to stick around is proving challenging -- perhaps even more challenging than on the web.

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Can this man save Google's social strategy?

How important is social to Google's future?

It depends on who you ask. Some believe that if Google doesn't find a way to compete in the space, Facebook might eventually eat its lunch.

Those who are a tad more skeptical suggest that Google and its advertising money machine don't need social to thrive.

Time will tell which camp is right, but Google has already decided. With the launch of Google+ and Search, plus Your World, it's clear that the search giant is committed to giving its all in an effort to become a meaningful player in the social market.

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