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  • Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook Discuss STEM Funding, Immigration Reform

    Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook Discuss STEM Funding, Immigration Reform

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    During the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel in Philadelphia, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft representatives issued another call to action for increased STEM funding and for revisions to the nation's immigration policy.

    Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook Wednesday challenged the next White House administration to increase STEM education funding and reform immigration policy during an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel in Philadelphia as part of a Democratic National Convention public policy forum. Representatives from the tech companies expressed the challenges faced in finding enough qualified IT professionals and how it sets the nation up for losing its stature as a technology leader, according to a CNET report.

  • How To Get A Job In Tech After Graduation: Advice From The Experts

    How To Get A Job In Tech After Graduation: Advice From The Experts

    Few industries are as dynamic and appealing to young folks coming out of universities as tech. But embarking upon a career in that sector can feel confusing and perhaps even intimidating.

    How do you decide where to apply? How do you research prospective employers? Must software engineers go about their job-searches differently than, say, business development candidates? How do you put your best foot forward in an interview?

    We spoke with several hiring managers at growing tech firms about what new graduates should do as they search for their first role in the industry. Here’s what they had to say…

  • Spurning tech jobs with six-figure salaries

    Spurning tech jobs with six-figure salaries

    Software developers in their 20s are now treated like celebrities in pop culture. Hit TV shows like HBO’s “Silicon Valley” glamorize geekdom, and the public has never been more fascinated with young founders of billion-dollar tech companies.

    Surprisingly, the fame and fortune of internet entrepreneurs has done little to attract more Americans to this field. In fact, there is a critical shortage of talented software developers at a time when the tech industry is booming.

    According to jobs website Glassdoor, there are currently more than 2,500 unfilled software jobs in Missouri. These aren’t just traditional tech companies. As we live in an increasingly connected world, all types of industries are using mobile platforms and data to better serve customers. Even though this work is rewarding, it’s a challenge to hire software developers to build out these services. The $97,860 average salary in St. Louis reflects the high demand for these positions. These figures hold up across the state. In Joplin, software developers earn more than $86,000 on average. Still, the hard part is finding people to fill these positions.

  • Let's Encourage Diversity in the Tech Industry. Read about Women in Technology: The Challenge and the Responsibility.

    Women Who Code advisory board... not all of whom are in fact women - diversity starts from ground zero it appears

    Is it almost reverse logic in some ways to call out ‘women in technology’ as an issue that needs addressing? Surely it should just be people in technology, some of whom are women, right? Speaking as a man married to a female professional software application developer who feels exactly this way, it’s kind of tough not to see women coder initiatives as sexist in their own right.

    I put this question to a senior technical editor (male) colleague of mine who said, “Yes you’re right, in some ways it becomes a negative — but there is an imbalance in the industry and so its even worse if we don’t do it.”

    There’s no invisible hand

    Indeed, as tech analyst at Red Monk James Governor wrote this week, “Diversity in tech is an important issue that can’t be left to the ‘invisible hand’. We need to be visible, encouraging diversity, making welcoming spaces. At my events we always offer free tickets for underrepresented groups.”

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  • Signs You're Qualified for a Tech Job!

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    5 Surprising Signs a Tech Job Is Perfect for You

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  • 7 Salary-Negotiating Secrets Every Woman Needs to Know

    7 Salary-Negotiating Secrets Every Woman Needs to Know

    So, you nailed the interview and got the job offer—but it’s not anywhere near the salary range you expected. Or you’re job hunting and you stumble on when asked those awkward ‘what are you making now?’ questions. You’re definitely not alone—it’s a universal truth that talking money can be hugely uncomfortable.

    Specifically, going back and forth on salary negotiation, something required for you to make the money you deserve. It’s so not worth it to be polite and accept a lowball offer then regret when you’re not paying off your student loans, saving as much as you’d hoped, or just feel overworked and underpaid—a cliché that potentially could be avoided if you know your worth and learn to advocate for yourself on the front end before you accept the job.

    Since this is a dicey topic, we consulted three women who know what they’re talking about, and got their top tips for negotiating to get the salary you want and deserve.

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  • From front-end engineering to product management, here are five of the highest-paying tech jobs to date based on the national average.

    5 high-paying tech jobs and how to land them

    5 high-paying tech jobs and how to land them

    by TNW Deals

    Given the massive surge in tech startups over the past few years, it’s no question that the industry is booming–and looking for skilled professionals. Of course, to get in on this 21st century gold rush, you’ll need a strong background in computer science, marketing or business. But with little visibility into annual salaries, we’re left wondering which career path will lead you to the biggest paycheck?

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  • The tech industry has a long way to go, but progress is being made each day.

    Women aren't even getting many entry-level jobs in the tech industry

    by Samantha Cooney

    Women aren't even landing many entry-level jobs in the tech industry, per a new report — but proceed with caution before chalking it up to a problem with the talent pool.

    According to the report, from McKinsey, women in the tech industry hold only 37% of entry-level jobs. That number is significantly lower than the 47% of women who, on average, are offered entry-level positions in other industries. 

    Those numbers get smaller as positions get more prestigious. Women in tech hold 30% of the managerial positions, 25% of the senior manager or director roles, 20% of the vice president titles, and 15% of roles in the c-suite.

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  • 10 Tips for Finding the Best Career Fit In a Startup

    by Martin Zwilling

    Today is the new age of the entrepreneur, and I see an increasing number of new startups as the economy stabilizes. For new aspiring entrepreneurs, that’s the good news and the bad news, as it increases opportunities, but also increases the startup risk. Thus I often recommend taking a job in a startup first, to build connections and learn what you can, before stepping into the lead role.

    Yet finding the right startup for your job interests and skills, or having them find you, is no small challenge. Startups generally don’t have the money or time for executive searches or large job boards, and many don’t even know what to look for. Other entrepreneurs don’t even realize that they badly need a co-founder or team leader who can complement their own skills.

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  • 20 High Achievers Share the Daily Routines That Make Them Successful

    It's all about repeating the right things day in and out.

    by Christina Desmarais

    Highly successful people generally share similar tendencies. They get up before the crack of dawn, proactively manage their health, and know what to do with their money. They appreciate the value of a good night's sleep, a restorative vacation, and a well-written book. And they're faithful to certain routines proved over time to work. Check out these quotes from 20 successful people who credit simple daily habits for helping them get ahead in business and life.

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  • In the IT world, efficiency matters

    The trick is to be efficient without adding to the stress of the job. These are some great ways to do both!

    Efficiency hacks for IT: 6 tips for getting things done!

    Use these tips from seasoned IT pros to re-architect your day for maximum impact with minimal stress.

    By Mary K. Pratt

     Everyone is busy these days, sure, but research shows that most people are wasting chunks of time throughout their day, whether it's fiddling with the latest tech toy or responding to every email that lands in their inbox.

     For those in the technology field, time management is an even tougher task, says Laurie Gerber, co-president of Handel Group Life Coaching. "IT people have this added thing that people constantly need them. It's always an emergency," Gerber says.

     More importantly, Gerber says these folks are spending precious time on tasks that don't match up with their priorities and responsibilities.

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  • The Mac Observer's Live Podcast with Nicole McMackin

    Our president Nicole McMackin was interviewed by John Martellaro on this inspiring live Podcast.

    Nicole opens up about her background, her desire to become a litigator, her graduation from UCI and planning for a career as an attorney. What was crucial in her life was the influence of her parents, and later, a major life decision: deciding to marry her highschool and college sweetheart or go to law school. Nicole tells a great sroty about her personal determination to succeed and how she now helps young women do the same.

    by John Martellaro

  • When Women Lead, Companies Often Prosper

    Often I am interviewed and asked about successful women in the workplace and my views on being one of the few to break the glass ceiling in the technology sector. 

    My response has always been that I never saw a glass ceiling, so I did not provide myself an excuse not to break through it.

    But various articles and statistics about women in leadership roles in the United States do prove that there is a disparity of women leaders in the workplace. Currently, The Fortune 500 is led by only 25 female CEOs. In a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, 34 percent of respondents surveyed believe that male executives are better than women executives at assuming risk.

    Moreover, when asked about specific industries women could support, a significant portion felt that men would do a better job leading technology, finance, and oil and gas companies, whereas women would be strongest at running retail and food companies.

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  • Our President, Nicole McMackin was featured in The Power Player Magazine on women in technology!

    Why We Should All Be Rooting For Women In Technology

    There is plenty of data illuminating the positive effects regarding the growing share of women in the business world.

    The fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America is women, who are launching businesses at 1.5 times the national average. When you let women be themselves in corporate settings, good things happen, according to a report from the Harvard Business Review. Even Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank” fame says that of his 27 companies, only the ones with female CEOS make him money.

    But Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology Corp. (, which specializes in information technology staffing and solutions, worries that similar progress in gender diversity isn’t being made in technology.

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  • Happy ‪#‎internationalwomensday‬! Here's to women--past, present and future--who have or will make a positive impact on our world.

    50 Captivating Photos of Girls Going to School Around the World

    Gender should not be a factor in education.
  • Irvine Tech President Nicole McMackin on Why Should You Find a Career in Technology

    Why Should You Find a Career in Technology by Nicole McMackin,President, Irvine TechCorp

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    As a young girl the farthest thing from my mind was technology, even further was finding a career in technology.  I thought technology was for eggheads, nerds, gamers, and basically anyone who had zero personality and was on the fast track to nowhere.  Boy, was I was wrong!   As I entered into the workforce after graduating college, I found that the people who I was impressed by the most, (the entrepreneurs, innovators, brilliant thinkers) were all part of the technology group I formerly shied away from.  Today, I see so many young men and boys using apps and moreover creating technology to innovate and change the world.  Law firms are kept busy by young and old alike filing thousands of patents that will change the world one day. In 2015,  the top paying jobs and most in demand typically fall within the technology sector.  Knowing all of this information, why are young women choosing to stay out of the technology sector?  Don’t they want to take their place as one of the nation’s brilliant minds?

    I was at the gym a few weeks back and met a nice lady on the treadmill next to me.  We began talking and she told me she was a middle school technology teacher in Huntington Beach, CA, not too far from where I currently live.  I inquired about her curriculum and student ratios and she told me that out of forty students only two were female.  She said  that the girls thought it was a class for game developers and opted out of the class.  The overview of the class read more like coding and development rather than out of the box thinking and innovation.

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  • The 10 best U.S. cities where women can succeed in the tech industry

    The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Women in Tech

    Silicon Valley might be the gold standard for America's tech scene, but it's still far from the best city for women in the industry.

    Smart Asset recently released its list of the best cities for women in tech. The personal finance resource based its ranking on four factors: the percentage of jobs in the industry held by women, the income left over after covering rent or mortgage, the percent change in women holding jobs over a three-year period, and the gender pay gap between the median salary for women and median salary for men.

    Washington, D.C. came out on top, with 37.2% of jobs in the industry filled by women. 

    The Golden State only cracked the top 10 once, thanks to Silicon Valley-adjacent Fremont. The home of Tesla grabbed the third slot on the list. 

    But while these cities might be more friendly to women in an industry that has well-documented problems with diversity, they are by no means safe havens. 

    Women only make more than men in one city on the list (#2 Kansas City, Mo.), and women make up no more than around 37% of the industry in all of these cities. 

    Check out the full list, from SmartAsset, below.

  • Big data career paths attracting more women to tech? It would appear so.

    Are Big Data Career Paths Attracting More Women to Tech?

    Taking a Closer Look

    As a young woman who has worked in the tech-startup industry for the past few years, I would think that more females would want to be a part of shaping the future of technology, yet statistics illustrate the opposite. In fact, the amount of women in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is dismal, and rather embarrassing.

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  • Is the Internet Bubble About to Burst?

    American Express Open discusses with Irvine Tech President Nicole McMackin!

    Not all small businesses today existed when the historic dotcom bubble burst from 1999 to 2001, but that colossal failure of many early Internet-based companies is remembered as a testament to what can happen in the wake of overvaluation.

    In light of recent stock plunges, some of which are affecting Internet giants, it’s not surprising that some market forecasters are predicting we may be headed for another busted Internet bubble. Reasons for this include a decrease in private startup funding rounds and more startups finding it necessary to raise money overseas, because big investors no longer seem to trust Internet valuations.

    Internet Bubble Bursting?

    Despite recent setbacks in the stock market, some small-business owners in the trenches don’t feel that the Internet bubble is bursting. 

    “I do not think the tech bubble is ending. True innovation always has a place in the market,” says Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology Corporation. “Many of the companies experiencing lower stock valuation have become stagnant to the users and/or investors, but people will always invest in new and creative devices and concepts. Small and large firms alike are busy working on the ‘next greatest thing’ that will change the way we work, communicate and live. Those companies that demonstrate a true value to society will receive proper financial backing.”

    Rich Pleeth, founder of Sup App, a free mobile app that notifies users when friends are nearby, sees investors becoming increasingly cautious, given the current state of the stock market.

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  • Our president, Nicole McMackin, was invited to contribute to NY Daily News!

    Here's Nicole's first contribution on how important it is for women in business to support one another!

    Women in the business world need to support each other instead of tearing each other down.

    Oleg Iandubaev

    Women in the business world need to support each other instead of tearing each other down.

    Often I am interviewed and asked about successful women in the workplace and my views on being one of the few to break the glass ceiling in the technology sector.

    My normal response has always been that I never saw a glass ceiling, so I did not provide myself an excuse not to break through it.

    Various articles and statistics of women in leadership roles in the U.S. prove that there is a disparity of women leaders in the workplace.


    Currently, the Fortune 500 is led by only 25 female CEOs. In a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, 34% of respondents surveyed believe that male executives are better than women executives at assuming risk.

    Moreover, when asked about specific industries women could support, a significant portion felt that men would do a better job leading technology, oil and gas, and finance companies, whereas women would be strongest at running retail and food companies.

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  • To attract more women to ‪#‎STEM‬ professions, lets broaden the conversation to focus on ‪#‎entrepreneurship‬ & innovation!

    Broaden, Elevate STEM Conversation, Female Tech Exec Advises

    In order to attract more women into the STEM professions, it’s essential to broaden the STEM conversation to focus more on entrepreneurship and innovation, and to lift the discussion beyond such negative dimensions as glass ceilings and pay disparity.

    That’s the advice of Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology, an IT staffing and technology services provider in Irvine, Calif. In an interview earlier this week, McMackin, an outspoken advocate for women in technology who sits on the CEO board of her alma mater, the University of California at Irvine, said she has spoken with several of the deans there about the need to broaden the STEM conversation:

    If you look at where the STEM fall-off is, it’s happening right as girls are moving into high-school age. In my personal opinion, based on a lot of research and studying, and being an entrepreneur myself in the technology industry, STEM is a part of the conversation, but what is still lacking in that conversation is entrepreneurship and innovation—solving real problems. This is where the jobs are going to be, but no one is having that real conversation, even at the university level, which I’ve pitched to UC Irvine over and over and over again.

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  • Here are the top Tech Jobs in 2016!

    Web developers, data scientists, AI experts:

    The 15 top tech roles of 2016


    Over the past few years, skilled developers and tech professionals have been in high demand for startups and corporations alike. And 2016 will be no exception. What will be different, however, is the sheer quantity of specialties companies are seeking in order to fill highly specific gaps, from data engineers to machine learning experts with deep knowledge of their fields.

    Given that many companies are already hiring — or will be shortly — I asked 15 startup founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) which categories of technical talent they are looking for this year and why these roles will be so impactful.

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  • Outdated computer systems

    Our President, Nicole McMackin, explains why outdated computer systems play havoc with the bottom line!

    One of the greatest characteristics of computer technology also can be problematic. It’s ever-evolving. While that’s exciting for techies, it can be a headache for business leaders, whether they are corporate executives or small business owners.Businesses periodically need to upgrade or replace creaky computer systems, or risk falling behind their competitors. If they try to muddle through with a cranky jalopy when everyone else moved up to the latest sports car, they may find themselves out of the race for consumer dollars. “One thing companies need to remember is that as the capabilities of technology continue to rise, so do the expectations of their customers,” says Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology Corp. (, which specializes in information technology solutions and staffing.“The bar keeps being raised higher and higher in terms of how quickly and efficiently customers expect to be served.”But weighing whether to invest a substantial sum in updated technology when other needs are pressing can leave management in a quandary. Is it time to junk the system entirely and start over? Can the current system be salvaged with just an update here or there? Or is everything fine – at least for now? “Frankly, unless they happen to work for a high-tech company, most business leaders probably don’t consider information technology to be one of their areas of expertise,” McMackin says.

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  • Irvine Technology Corporation's Nicole McMackin uncovers the true value of an IT assessment and how it can benefit you.

    IT Innovators: Using an IT Assessment to Cut Cost, Reduce Risk and Improve Governance And Security

    Irvine Technology Corporation’s Nicole McMackin uncovers the true value of an IT assessment and how it can benefit you.


    Sometimes a company’s IT issues are obvious: the computers are outdated, the server isn’t adequate, or the staff needs specific training. But in other cases, optimizing an information technology platform to meet the business’ strategic goals isn’t quite so straightforward. This is where an IT assessment becomes valuable. But what is it, what are its benefits and when do you need one?

    Those are questions Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology Corporation, a technology solutions firm based in California, and her company set their sights on answering. Those answers may prove useful to IT professionals everywhere.

    “An IT assessment is where a company skilled to make assessments comes in, and as an outsider, reviews your existing information technology and services platform,” says McMackin. The assessment team defines efficiencies and cost, and finds areas for improvements in governance and security.

    In essence, an IT assessment involves mapping out a company’s current information technology system, and then mapping out the IT system the company should have. An IT assessment team makes recommendations on what can be done with IT at a company in order to align it with the efficiencies the business has in mind.

    The assessment encompasses a firm’s software, process, people, servers, and telecom, McMackin says. That review involves looking at the technology and systems in place and the overall cost structure of the IT group, to determine if it’s in line with both current and future company strategy.

    But the process also goes beyond that to include an assessment of the company’s staffing picture—and analysis of how it all fits together to support the company’s business goals.

    “It goes as in-depth as looking at their current systems, looking at the people and their resumes and how long they’ve been working at that institution,” McMackin says. An assessment team works to determine if the company has the right people in place, in the ideal roles, working with the correct technology. “It becomes a very detailed process,” she says.

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  • Wired at CES: The Coolest Stuff We've Seen So Far!

      Wired at CES: The Coolest Stuff We've Seen So Far!

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—CES, the giant annual showcase for the latest consumer technology, officially kicks off tomorrow. However, we’re already here at tech’s biggest show to see what the industry giants have in store for consumers this year. We got a behind-the-scenes preview on Monday night; click link below to see all the best gadgets and gear we’ve seen so far.