Morning Coffee Aug 31 2011

LinkedIn's Big Hiring Year

By joseph walker

On the heels of its stock market debut, professional networking site LinkedIn is in its biggest-ever hiring year. It's hired 600 new employees so far this year, and says it's on track to hire a total of 1,000 by year's end. Open positions range from data analytics to sales to Web development.

The company has a couple secret weapons to compete for talent, including face time with Chief Executive Jeff Weiner. Shortly after winding up his first conference call with stock analysts, Weiner met with a director-level engineering candidate to sell him on the virtues of working at the Mountain View, Calif. company.

While LinkedIn's share price has dropped to about $87 from a $122 high following listing on the New York Stock Exchange, the company argues that stock options awarded new hires can still make them rich. LinkedIn has only just begun its pursuit of market share in its hiring solutions business, which helps companies find and recruit talent.

Those who see a job at LinkedIn as a stepping stone to founding their own company are welcome, too. Would-be entrepreneurs experience how the company went from idea to business, and, if they happen to run into executive chairman and prominent venture capitalist Reid Hoffman in the hallway, that's an opportunity to make a pitch for funding.

Approve this Deal, Please (MarketWatch)

AT&T is promising regulators it will repatriate 5,000 call-center jobs to the U.S. if its proposal to buy Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA business is approved.

Layoffs at Juniper? (GigaOM)

There could be more trouble brewing in the router industry, which was rocked by Cisco's plan to layoff 6,500 workers. One analyst predicts Juniper will cut 10% of its 9,300-person workforce. Juniper called the report "overstated and inaccurate."

Another RIM Exec Bites Dust (Bloomberg)

RIM's chief liaison to the app development community, Mike Kirkup, has resigned. RIM has struggled in keeping app developers interested in its flagship BlackBerry product.

H-P's Most Expensive Acqui-hire (WSJ)

Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch says Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of his company represents a fundamental shift in IT away from structured data to unstructured data. In the wide-ranging interview, Lynch also discusses the recruiting advantages that come from being based in London.

History's Lessons (Business Insider)

From Intel to Microsoft, tech companies have faced difficult times after losing visionary leaders. Take a look at some of the industry's most instructive tales.

The IT Industrial Complex (NYT)

Former federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra writes that the government is wasting billions by clinging to the old paradigm of hardware and software instead of embracing cloud computing.

Plus Struggles (Bloomberg)

Google+ has avoided the crash and burn that was the fate of the company's previous social networking efforts, but now must show the site can sustain interest. Bad news: Time spent on the site by users is growing slowly.

Temp Jobs at H-P? (Wired)

H-P says it's going to stop making tablets and smartphones, but curiously it's still hiring 35 people for its webOS development team. One theory is that since it's already sold hundreds of thousands of the devices, it has a lot of customer support work still to do.

Clean Tech Efforts Falter (Investor's Business Daily)

President Obama's plan to create millions of clean technology jobs has been hampered by labor and environmental regulations.

Samsung Grooms a Star (Forbes)

Samsung didn't poach Research In Motion executive Ryan Bidan for nothing. It appears Bidan is being groomed as one of the public faces of Samsung's tablet computing push.

Buzz Around the Office

The Highest Form of Flattery

Bert just doesn't know how to take a compliment.

List of the Day: Important Interview Questions

Sometimes the most important interview questions are the ones you ask to make sure you'll be working for a quality employer.

1. How do you demonstrate that you care about your employees?

2. Is there good communication between employees and management?

3. Does the company and its management act ethically?

(Source: Glassdoor)

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