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Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Aid Your Career?

The New Republic is out this week with a lengthy look at Silicon Valley's obsession with youth, and the effect it has on hiring and VC funding in the industry. While the whole thing is worth reading, the standout section from a career perspective comes early, with the revelation that plastic surgery and Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, as ageing tech workers seek to keep up the appearance of youth. Read More >

Innovate with Influence Wrap-up

I have been writing for Vault.com for the better part of two years. Today marks my last post as I devote more time to the running of EMC's Global Innovation Network. I started this blog with the intention of sharing my thoughts about the global job market for high-tech. In particular, I was interested in helping interested readers move their careers towards the never ending innovation opportunities that can be found in my industry. How did I do? Read More >

Co-Creation In Global High-Tech

In previous posts I have analyzed predictions from two years ago that were presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. In my last post I introduced C.K. Prahalad's message on the importance of co-creation in developing countries. This theory has a significant impact on job seekers looking for international high-tech job opportunities at large corporations. Read More >

Big Data Scientists

High school seniors are getting ready to graduate next month here in the United States. Many of them are considering a high-tech career. Some parents have asked me: "Where will the high-tech jobs be in four years?" and "What major(s) should I focus on?". I share with them with a new job title that most have never heard of before: Big Data Scientist. The term "Big Data" has become big brother to the term "Cloud". Wikipedia has an excellent introduction to big data. Read More >

Leveraging Co-Creation for a High-Tech Career

In recent posts I recalled the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation that was presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. One of the speakers at the innovation conference was Vijay Govindarajan (VG). I have written several posts about his theory of reverse innovation, which has a significant impact on the international high-tech job market. One of the other speakers at the World Innovation Forum in 2009 was C.K. Read More >

Reverse Innovation And Intrapreneurship

In a recent post I analyzed Vijay Govindarajan's (VG) reverse innovation theory. His theory was introduced in the context of the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. What is the impact of this theory for job seekers desiring an innovative career in high-tech? I see two ramifications: Large, global high-tech corporations have an advantage in the job market (as opposed to startups). Read More >

Cloud-Building

When it comes to careers in the IT industry, jobs tend to specialize into five different categories: • Applications • Servers • Network • Storage • Security There are very few individuals who can claim expertise in all five categories. There is simply too much to learn. A new type of IT career is emerging that is directly related to the phenomena of cloud computing: the virtual data center (VDC) architect. Read More >

Reverse Innovation Analysis

In my last post I introduced Vijay Govindarajan's (VG) reverse innovation theory. His theory was introduced in the context of the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. The graphic below (re-drawn from VG's website) can be used to dive into the specifics of the reverse innovation concept. Read More >

Vijay Govindarajan's Reverse Innovation Prediction

In my last post I discussed the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation that was presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. One of the speakers at the innovation conference was Vijay Govindarajan (VG). VG stated that the largest growth in innovation will be experienced outside of the United States (as well as other developing countries). Read More >

The Global Job Market: Startup or Corporation?

In May 2009, in the midst of a global economic crisis, a distinguished set of speakers took the stage at the Nokia Theater in New York City. They spoke of innovation as part of the World Innovation Forum. Speaker after speaker stressed the continued importance of innovation during lean economic times. A not-so-subtle theme emerged again and again: The United States is no longer the fastest growing market for high-tech innovation. Read More >

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