The Sexiest (And Last?) Job Of The 21st Century

Work, Ford Madox Brown Data scientist, according to a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Given its authors, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, the declaration is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, the IT industry is besotted with the term and expecting huge shortages of skilled workers. Read More

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John Sculley And David Steinberg Explain How Zeta Interactive Works with Big Brands to Track Engagement

john sculley Last week we had a chance to sit down with the founders of Zeta Interactive, an online marketing service — which isn’t the first company that brought CEO David Steinberg and former Apple CEO John Sculley together. Zeta Interactive focuses on using data-mining and analytics to basically track where a customer came from. The example the pair used was tracking a car test drive from… Read More

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VMware Agrees To Pay $75.5M To Settle Illegal Pricing Allegations

gavel, law books and scales of justice In a significant settlement that could embolden American employees who witness company misconduct, VMware and government contractor Carahsoft Technology Corporation agreed to pay the $75.5 million today to settle illegal pricing allegations. The Department of Justice accused the companies of violating the Fair Claims Act and overcharging the government, in a case brought in conjunction with… Read More

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Square Launches Payroll Product For Small Businesses, Pricing Starts At $25/Month

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 14.27.55 Mobile payment startup Square has been gradually building out the products it offers to small businesses to position itself as a one-stop shop for their various front-of-house and back-office needs. Today sees the latest development on that theme: the company has launched Square Payroll, software for businesses to pay and track taxes and other costs for both hourly and salaried employees.… Read More

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Intuit Lays Off 399 Employees In Company Realignment

Intuit quickbooks Intuit has confirmed to TechCrunch that the company has laid off 399 people, or just under 5% of the company’s roughly 8,000 employees, in a re-alignment of the company. Patrick Barry has also stepped back from leading Demandforce, though he remains an employee of Intuit.
We had heard a few stories about layoffs within the company over the past few days. Of course, layoffs and… Read More

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HackerOne Bags $25M As Security Info Sharing Mainstreams

Hacker working at keyboard. HackerOne, makers of a bug bounty platform where companies pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in their products, announced a $25 million Series B round today. The round was led by NEA. Benchmark, its lead Series A investor, also participated along with several prominent individual investors including Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, Digital Sky Technologies Partner Yuri Milner, Dropbox… Read More

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Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 7.20.56 PM IBM is going Levie. This evening, Box and IBM announced a partnership that will see their technologies integrated, and their cloud products commingled. As part of the arrangement, Box will also offer its customers the ability to store their data on IBM’s cloud, which will have — I checked with the firm — 46 data centers around the world by the end of the year. The deal has… Read More

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API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M

mobilemoney Startups that help people send money to each other or pay for goods and services online have been growing like weeds, fuelled by consumer demand, increasingly ubiquitous connected devices to make and receive the funds, and VCs eager to profit from their growth. Now a startup that has built technology to power fintech startups is raising some money of its own. Currency Cloud, a UK-based… Read More

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