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  • Blockchain Technology Creates New Jobs in Multiple Industries


    The increased popularity of blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrency, has resulted in new jobs in the tech industry. Research from employment search engine Indeed shows that the number of postings referencing blockchain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrency has increased by a staggering 621% since 2015. The site also reports an even higher increase of 1,065% more searches mentioning these terms. (Forbes) As companies continue to embrace this new technology, there is an increase in demand for candidates who have experience working with it or the desire to learn.


    Beyond Bitcoin: The Rise of Blockchain Technology

    Though blockchain is most commonly associated with cryptocurrency, there are various uses for the technology. Blockchain’s ability to store all the changes made to its data makes it difficult to hack, which could prove to be an asset for different areas of business. According to Derek Martin, a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, the four industries that he believes could best employ the use of blockchain technology are finance, retail and manufacturing, healthcare, and government.

    Dominic Tancredi, Co-Founder of product agency Dom & Tom, says that his company plans to support the professional growth of team members that are sharing their research and experiments in the field of Blockchain. “I could see us having a dedicated team in 2-3 years as the technology stack grows in adoption and requires specialists,” he says.

    Daniel Mason, VP of Business Development at Springcoin agrees, “I expect this explosion in demand to continue to grow throughout 2018 as blockchain continues to shift from its niche positioning to a mainstream technology trend that many startups and larger companies will be pursuing.”


    Increase in Technical Roles Using Blockchain

    According to Velas Commerce founder Hannah Rosenberg, blockchain is a candidate’s market. “What I have seen is that there is currently much more demand for blockchain and smart contract developers than there is supply,” she says. “An experienced developer with even a little blockchain exposure can get picked up quite quickly to work on very interesting projects.”

    Mason, can also attest to the high demand. “Engineers with relevant blockchain experience are extremely hard to find, as the technology is relatively new but has exploded in popularity over the past year,” he states.

    The good news is that expert knowledge of Blockchain is not always a requirement. Companies are looking for candidates who are genuinely interested in the technology and willing to learn it as well as candidates who can contribute right from the start.

    Tech Jobs in Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency

    Looking to get involved in blockchain? You’ll need strong back-end skills, knowledge of the fundamentals of cryptography—the computerized encoding and decoding of information— and a genuine interest in blockchain technology.

    According to Gavin Pacini, Senior Consultant in Deloitte's EMEA Blockchain Lab, agility and the ability to adapt are also required when working with a new technology such as blockchain. “It’s not an established platform so it’s a real learning curve. We’ve had cases where we’ve had to dig through the source code of open source projects which normally isn’t required when using existing technologies but with blockchain, we don’t have a choice,” he says.

    Due to blockchain’s growth in popularity, a variety of online courses and certifications are now available courtesy of IBMBlockchain Council, and Udemy, to name a few. Many of these courses are offered at little to no cost. Another great way to build your understanding of the technology? Local Meetups! Tech in Motion has a variety of upcoming blockchain events coming down the pipeline.

    Click here to see upcoming Tech in Motion events on emerging technologies like this.

    Once you have built out your understanding and required skills, be sure to look out for available blockchain jobs. Here are a few examples of available jobs:

    • Blockchain Engineer
    • Blockchain Developer
    • Mining Technician
    • Full-Stack Developer
    • Bitcoin Front-End Developer
    • Blockchain Project Manager
    • Data Scientist

    The rising popularity of blockchain has created many new opportunities for professionals, startups, and enterprise companies alike. As this technology proves to be useful for more than cryptocurrency, individuals with experience and a passion for blockchain will continuously be in high demand.


  • 3 Reasons Working for a Diverse Company is a Smart Career Move

    While evaluating your current employment situation or looking for your next opportunity, there are many factors to consider, but one thing that is often overlooked throughout the interview process is a company’s practices in regards to diversity and inclusion. With large enterprise companies such as Facebook falling short of their ambitious diverse hiring goals, it’s no surprise that smaller companies struggle as well. To combat this, many companies are choosing to build diversity objectives into their core concepts, effecting everything from the hiring process to employer branding.

    Companies who instill such values from day one tend to be rated higher in overall employee satisfaction, and recent findings are actually showing that diverse hiring affects more than one would think. From the bottom-line to notoriety and resume boosters, here are 3 reasons why working for a company who values diversity is a smart career move:

    1.    Business success. While diversity and inclusion might not seem like issues that would impact the budget, recent  trends have shown otherwise. A 2015 McKinsey & Company study found that companies with greater gender diversity and ethnic diversity are 15% and 35%, respectively, more likely to have financial returns above the national industry medians. PagerDuty, a Silicon Valley favorite, made headlines last year for hiring their first female CEO and has since received their largest funding round yet. In a similar success story, JellyVision, recent winner of a Best Tech Workplace for Diversity Timmy Award, has almost reached gender-parity within the organization and recently raised $20M in funding. Consumers and investors vote with their dollars, and working for a company that values diversity can provide you a financially stable workplace.

    2.    Expanding knowledge. Having a variety of decision-makers at the table leads to forward thinking business solutions, and working in an environment that exposes you to this is a great way to develop your career. Collaborating with colleagues from diverse backgrounds provides a voice to uncharted ideas, opens the door to innovative problem-solving processes, and gives a unique perspective to the discussion. Additionally, most companies who have these values provide continued learning programs and educational seminars to encourage employees to further their knowledge. While a forward-thinking work environment can be more challenging than a typical workplace, it will open the door to invaluable career experience you might not otherwise receive.

    3.    Industry respect.  Working at a company that receives attention for diversity efforts can be just as valuable as working with the most revolutionary tech – and they often overlap. Ensuring that companies are recognized for their workplace achievements not only encourages innovation, but also extends the benefit to employees who have been a part of the developmentThe placement of a forward-thinking company on your resume will always catch a hiring manager’s eye, and being a thought leader in diversity is no different. For example, Lever, notorious for having a 50:50 gender ratio, received a barrage of positive press surrounding their Diversity and Inclusion Handbook in 2017. Additionally, a number of awards programs are dedicated to honoring employers’ efforts, like Workbridge Associates’ own Tech in Motion event series created the “Timmy Awards” to recognize the best work cultures across the nation.

    While job seekers might have an extensive list of boxes to check off when searching for a new role, adding a box for diversity will aid you in finding the best work environment to further your career. Diversity can impact everything at a business from funding to employee satisfaction, and is a smart item to keep on your “must-have” list as you make your next professional move.

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  • Tech Salary Report: Where You Need to Live to Earn $200K+

    Over the past 27 years, Workbridge Associates has worked with hundreds of thousands of engineers across North America to help find these tech professionals their dream jobs. While the vast majority end up in positions that pay between $50,000 and $140,000, we have also placed many engineers at the $200K-$300K+ range. Based on placements done over the last three years, Workbridge pulled together a guide to tell you what you need to do to get there, with data about the highest paid salaries by location, experience, skill set, and more.

    Based on experience, Workbridge has found that you can be the greatest developer with a Ph.D. in Engineering, but a $200K position may not exist in the geographic region you live in. As the report signifies, most of the job openings in the $200K range are located in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

    Apply to a job in one of our cities and get one step closer to the salary you're looking for.

    While it's still possible to reach the $200K level elsewhere, if you’re not open to relocating to a place where the pay is higher, you may be limiting yourself. For the full report and more details on how you can earn the highest salary, such as skills and experience level, read the full article by clicking below. 

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  • The Growing Relationship Between Tech and Education

    Article by Christine Arnold, Lead Marketing Specialist in Workbridge Chicago.

    It’s crazy how much back-to-school checklists have changed since I was in school. I remember how excited I used to get to pick out a new matching set of folders, a pack of fancy roller-ball pens, a trapper-keeper I could decorate with white-out doodles. Fine, maybe I was an office-supply nerd. But those lists these days read a little differently. My sister is going into her freshman year of High School this year, and I was shocked when she told me that her school required the use of tablets in place of text books. Computers? In the classroom? I wasn’t even allowed to remove my Walkman from my backpack while I was on premises!

    She has the option of bringing her own tablet, or of renting one from the school. I assume there’s some sort of financial aid system in place to provide them to students who can’t afford the rental fees. Then, a week before school starts, the students are invited to a mandatory orientation where instructors walk them through which apps to download, and how to navigate them once they do. You’re probably wondering what’s stopping these kids from playing Angry Birds all class. The apps lock down the device so that they can’t access other applications.

    All of this got me thinking about the growing relationship between technology and education. What else is out there that wasn’t around while I was in school? Well, it as it turns out, there’s a lot. In Chicago alone, we’ve got an array of companies doing some really amazing things in the education space. Packback Books, a company that was recently featured on SharkTank, is making huge waves in the textbook industry. They offer affordable short-term rentals of many college textbooks, and their inventory is only continuing to grow. How amazing would that option have been when you were in school? I know I spent upwards of $1000 each semester on my textbooks alone. It would’ve been nice to put some of that money toward tuition instead.

    Another really cool company is Overgrad. They’re a student tracking system that helps create awareness about colleges starting day-1 of your freshman year of high school. They use student data to project which colleges the student will be a good fit for. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even start thinking about college until after I took the ACT my junior year. Not that I regret my decisions, but I imagine that whole process would have been much less overwhelming if the onslaught of information had been gradual. And think about kids in lower income or rural areas, where going to college isn’t necessarily a given. Starting students off prepared and with realistic goals and expectations, and the chance to alter their performance based on those goals, will set them up for a life of success. It gives them more control over their own future.

    If you’re interested in learning about more Chicago companies revolutionizing education, check out this event we’re sponsoring on August 20th: Back to School Ed Tech Demos & Drinks.

  • Not Just a MeetUp

    Article by Liz Polom, Marketing Specialist for Workbridge Boston

    If you haven’t heard of yet, well, say hello to your new networking accelerator. MeetUp serves to “revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize.” With over 15 million members spanning over 140,000 groups, there is nearly a group for any person with any interest. If you love the outdoors, are looking to meet new people, or are a huge Star Wars fan, chances are, there’s a meetup for you. If there isn’t an existing group that’s perfectly tuned to your passions, no need to fear, the site allows you to create your own!

    It isn’t just about hobbies and lifestyles though, MeetUp is becoming the place to be for working professionals, job seekers, and industry leaders. If you attend a meetup today (and you should), you’re walking into a multi-faceted event. Meetups are now about recruiting opportunities, advertising, brand outreach, learning, and most importantly, networking.

    Here in Boston, meetups focusing on technology make up some of the largest groups: Boston New Technology, Boston PHP, and my personal favorite Tech in Motion! I’m a little biased because I’m a co-organizer of Tech in Motion: Boston, but love that all of these Meetups are bringing the tech community together through networking, a key tool for starting a job search or when looking to hire someone new.

    I asked one of the Lead Recruiters in the Workbridge Boston office, Matt Rogers, about the relevance of networking, and he gave me this spot-on advice - “Networking is so important because a resume will only take you so far, people aren’t hiring a piece of paper, they’re hiring for your personality; and it’s a great way for candidates to meet a hiring manager before submitting their resume.”

    Groups are utilizing the MeetUp format as a learning tool. Tech in Motion’s events are always focused on a specific tech topic. Whether we’re hosting a panel, speaker series, or a simple Demos and Drinks event, our attendees are always learning. Workbridge Recruiter Anneika Kerr says she loves “being able to meet new people in the tech community,” and really enjoys “learning more about the technologies, such as Xamarin and Azure, that our developers are using on a daily basis.”

    As the Marketing Specialist for Workbridge, I love that we host Tech in Motion: Boston. What originally started as an event series to give back to the local tech community became a wonderful melting-pot for networking and tech talks.  They are a great way for our recruiters to learn more about what’s going on in the tech world, and get out there to network with potential job seekers. We plan events that we would want to attend, that have a lot going on, and we always have recruiters on site to give career and resume advice. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with one another, check out various products up close, and of course, listen to industry pros give their insight on the latest tech trends.  

    Lou Adler, author of The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired suggests that “recruiters should employ a 20/20/60 recruiting strategy. The idea is to only spend 20% of their time posting jobs, 20% looking for resumes and 60% networking. This allows companies to find the best people available, not just the best people who are applying to their job postings.”

    No matter your interest, meetups are great excuse to get out and start networking. LinkedIn is great, but meeting face-to-face is even better. What are you waiting for? Start RSVPing today!

  • Ember.js and Rails Spotlighted at Tech in Motion Los Angeles

    Steve Klabnik, an open-source and ruby on rails enthusiast spoke for Tech in Motion: Los Angeles recently and discussed building API-first applications using Ember and Rails. He showed us practical applications of using these technologies, by coding and building an application that a restaurant would use.  Everyone really enjoyed picking his brain before and after the talk as well as networking with their peers.

    After the event I was able to speak with Steve and gain more insight about his tech roots.  Here is what he had to say.

    WB: When did you first discover your love of technology?

    SK: I started programming when I was 7. One of my uncles brought a computer home to my grandmother's house. I was hooked.

    WB: What is your favorite thing about coding?

    SK: I like that I can have an impact on people's lives in a positive manner.

    WB: What sparked your love of Ruby/open source technology?

    SK: Ruby just makes me really happy. It’s fun to program in, the people who program in it are great, and it just fits my brain really well. I love Open Source because we're collectively building a commons.

    WB: What in your opinion is the next big thing in technology?

    SK: "Tech" in general is so broad, I'm going to go with the Tesla Model S. It's still a luxury car (I won't ever own one,) but the next Tesla model will be affordable for all.

    WB: What excites/interests you most about the technology field?

    SK: The same as coding: I can impact others positively.

    WB: Thanks so much Steve! We hope to have you back soon!

    If you are interested in attending or speaking at a Tech in Motion: Los Angeles event please contact: Jennifer DesRosiers at 310-445-3300

  • Tech in Motion Recap: Starting a Startup

    Last week, Workbridge Orange County hosted Tech in Motion: OC's event Starting a Startup: Everything you need to know from K5 Launch. K5 Launch is a startup incubator here in Orange County that focuses on helping new startups find the footing that they need. Ray Chan spoke about what they look for, how the help, and how others can get involved in the burgeoning startup community in Orange County. Afterwards, we had 3 startups "pitch" their ideas to K5 Launch and the audience, getting real time feedback for their ideas. Here are some questions we got to ask Ray Chan and the startup presenters after the event. 


    Interview with Ray Chan: 

    WB: What is the importance of startup incubators in Orange County?

    RC: First of all let me distinguish an incubator from an accelerator. An incubator is more a real estate play, they rent offices and attract tenants by hosting entrepreneurial networking and educational events in the office. While an accelerator actively involves in the startups as well as providing seed funding and strategic connections to accelerate startups to become angel or VC invest-able in 3 to 4 months. K5 is an early stage venture investment firm where we provide funding to early stage startup as well as operating an accelerator. The importance of startup accelerator is because OC business culture is very transactional and not too entrepreneurial and risk taking. Although there are a plenty of talents, wealth, successful businesses, entrepreneurs in OC, they are very scattered and loosely connected. It would typically takes first time entrepreneur many months just to connect all the dots and find out all the resources they need, or their other option is to move to the Bay Area. K5 basically accelerates startups by providing a clear road map and needed connections and launch them with solid foundation in 3 to 4 months.

    WB: How did you form K5 Launch?

    RC: My partner Amir and I have been investing for many years, mostly in the Bay Area. But then we ask ourselves, why we put money in the Bay Area? The more we invest in the Bay Area, the more OC talents will be lost to the Bay Area. As described above, we have so many talents here, so much wealth, so many high tech companies, we just have a very weak entrepreneurial eco system here.  So we build K5 Venture to fill the void.

    WB: What has been your biggest, successful moment working with K5 Launch?

    RC: Watching startups succeed

    WB: 1 piece of advice for future startups?

    RC: Don’t start unless you LOVE and HUNGRY for your vision.

    Interview with Steve Gladstone:

    WB: How would you describe your startup?

    SG: CultureWidget is centered around the fact that a cultural fit is the prime determinant in long term hiring success. As it costs a company between 150-250% of employee salary in costs to replace, and our goal is to enable companies to hire more successfully, and eliminate this cost.

    WB: What is your motivation for starting your startup?

    SG: I want to help candidates and companies find better cultural fit for the long term success of both. We are very passionate about measuring, analyzing, and providing tools to help identify and address cultural gaps and issues that infiltrate the hiring process.

    WB: What did you take away from participating in Tech in Motion:OC?

    SG: It was a great opportunity to present our idea, seek feedback and validation, and connect with people we can work with, including K5 Launch.

    Interview with Srikanth Deshpande:

    WB: Talk about your startup

    SD: Pick2Pay, a mobile/web app that helps you maximize your credit card rewards. Pick2Pay is an app that helps you answer the simple question- Which card in my wallet should I use for every purchase I make in-store or online?  We are available on the iOS store and on the web at

    WB: What is your motivation for starting your startup? 

    SD: I have had the problem of deciding between my cards every time I made a purchase. I used sticky notes at times to remind me which card to use while shopping to maximize my rewards. This became a much bigger problem while shopping online where there are credit card portals which have different rewards for each store. So we decided to work on this problem during a startup weekend at Cornell in Ithaca, NY and ended up winning the competition.

    WB: What did you take away from participating in Tech in Motion:OC ?  

    SD: We got some great feedback from the mentors to learn from the mistakes of our competition and some engaging questions from the audience about our user base and loved the interest from the audience who approached us with further questions and suggestions at the end of the pitch. 

    Interview with Christos Vrahnos:

    WB: Please describe your startup.

    CV: A revolutionary new method for eliminating use/handling of loose change/coins during small cash transactions & putting them to good use.

    WB: What is your motivation for starting your startup?
    CV: It was an "a ha!" moment & started doing research, realizing the potential. Always felt I had "entrepreneurial blood" in me. If I can't figure out everything myself, I'll surround myself w/people that can help.

    WB: What did you take away from participating in Tech in Motion:OC ?
    CV: Great to bounce one's ideas of of many intelligent minds at such an early stage & help better form one's concept w/helpful input. Great gathering of intelligent minds. Great opportunity!

    It was one of the best events yet for Tech in Motion:OC with over 140 RSVP's!

    If you haven't checked it out yourself, make sure you do at Our next event is set for May 1st at Amazon featuring Tom Nora talking about the future of E-Commerce! 

  • Tech in Motion Los Angeles - The Next Generation of E-Commerce Technologies

    On Wednesday, March 27th, Workbridge Associates had the pleasure of hosting yet another exciting Tech in Motion Los Angeles meet-up at BlankSpaces.  The guest speaker was Tom Nora, CEO and Founder of the start-up neoRay and Executive Director of Startup Workshops

    Tom spoke to us on the boom in Silicon Beach and Los Angeles of E-Commerce companies and the technologies that make them successful, in his talk "The Next Generation of E-Commerce Technologies."  We had a great group of people in our audience and everyone left with some new ideas and more confidence to continue in their startup endeavors. 

    We were able to ask Tom a few questions after the event and here is what he had to say.

    WB: When did you first discover your love of technology?

    TN: When I was a 11 my brother built a homemade crystal radio. It was fascinating to see him assemble these inert parts and then hear sound come out. From then on I was hooked on technology and electronics.

    WB: What is your favorite part of your job?

    TN: The unknown factor, the challenge to create the future and make something grow from nothing.

    WB: What sparked the idea for NeoRay?

    TN: The original idea for me came from seeing people use their cellphones to buy from vending machines in Japan. Simultaneously Alessio watched his father create a PayPal competitor and he wanted to make something more futuristic for mobile payments; he then saw a WIRED article "Kill The Password!". We compared notes and decided the timing was right for mobile payments without passwords leveraging advances in biometrics..

    WB: What in your opinion is the next big thing in technology?

    TN: The 15 Minute Website and Personal Website "Portfolios" - soon anyone will be able to build multiple personal sites with full e-commerce, payment systems, community, social networking, SEO, and big data analytics with no coding and very easy manipulation. Currently there is a barrier to this - you must know some coding to optimize this and it's difficult to manage multiple sites. People and companies will have a portfolio of websites and not even think about it.. Most of the tools already exist but need a lot of refinement; it will take another 2-5 years.

    WB: What excites/interests you most about tech startups and what makes them successful?

    TN: The Scalability challenge. Much of my career has been dedicated to trying to create the alchemy of continuously growing a company. The progress of E-Commerce, HTML5, CSS3, PHP and Javascript have made it so any startup idea, tech or non-tech, can become reality with very little money or work. The difficult step has shifted from launch to revenues, scalability, growth. This is exciting because it allows so many people to give it a try which equals more great ideas coming to light, but still requires a great idea and great execution to have larger success and growth. Pretty soon the most important people at startups will shift back from developers to those that can create and sustain growth.

    Thanks to Tom Nora and BlankSpaces for a successful and fun event!

    If you are interested in networking with like-minded tech enthusiasts join our meetup at Tech in Motion:Los Angeles!

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