A Techie Couple’s Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea For “The Top Dog”

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Thank you to one of Ongig’s favorite techie couples, Currin Berdine and Jose Miguel Hernandez, for giving us this cool gift idea for dog-lovers: the Ultra Dog Pack from REI. Here’s their puppy Lola (who also has her own Facebook page) donning the Dog Pack with Currin:

The Best San Francisco Startup Offices For 2011

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As I have weaved all over San Francisco on my bicycle this year, I have had the chance to meet some awesome people and see their inspiring workplaces. Since this is the time of the year we think back on the year that was, I thought I would take the opportunity to show you the… Read more »

The Evolution Of “Geek”

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I was watching An Evening With Kevin Smith (The full 2 hours of it free) the other night and a guy named “Geek” asked Kevin a question — and Kevin had a throw-away comment about the word “Geek” originating from someone biting chicken heads off. That got me thinking about the origin of the word… Read more »

Google+ “Hangouts” Is Cool For Free 3-Way Video Call

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We here at Ongig (video job description platform) tried using Google+’s Hangouts feature for our Ongig daily huddle call this morning and it was super-easy and fun. You just go to

The Top 25 Most Efficient Tech Companies Based On Profit Per Employee

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I was curious who the most profitable tech companies were based on net income per employee; so I asked the kind folks at MANDASOFT (a cool mergers and acquisitions data provider) for the data. Top 25 Tech Companies By Profit-Per-Employee I think of the highest profit-per-employee companies as the most efficient companies, since they generate… Read more »

A Hacker’s Journey To Find A Co-Founder

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Prologue, Apr 2011 It started on a rainy evening. I was working for a company that made widgets. (Really, they make customized social widgets for clients). I had spent the entire day poring over a jumble of hideous Java code that could have been written by a thousand monkeys on typewriters. Any mention of using… Read more »

What Steve Jobs Said When I Asked Him For Entrepreneurial Advice

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A friend just sent me this nice quality version of me nervously asking Steve Jobs a question at All Things Digital (D5) a few years back. I asked him for his advice for entrepreneurs like me…on how to try to build an awesome company like Apple.

Randi Zuckerberg Can Really Sing And Other Interesting Things I Learned About The Tech Industry At SVRocks

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I didn’t know what to expect when I ponied up the $45 dollar per ticket admission for my wife and I to attend the Silicon Valley Rocks charity concert benefiting Music in Schools Today(MUST).  MUST, which provides music education programs for underserved schools, is a worthy cause in and of itself, and I was truly impressed with… Read more »

The Apple Store Pronounced My iPhone Dead

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My iPhone 3GS was two and a half years old. It had given me some problems of late, but on Sunday things took a turn for the worse. The power went out. No amount of charging could revive it. On Monday, the bad news was confirmed…my iPhone was dead. The red-shirted Apple Store employee delivered the… Read more »

How To Make A Video Job Posting In 15 Minutes

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I believe that video will be standard in job postings within the next 5 years. Call me crazy, but technology is easy to use and video gives you such a tremendous advantage. Active and passive job seekers network through referrals first. What do they do after that? Most people in San Francisco tell me Linkedin,… Read more »

An Irish Blog: Hunting For A Tech Job In Silicon Valley, Part II

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“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one” — Oscar Wilde. At no other point in the past has this quotation reverberated more truly for myself. Unfortunately for me, Wilde’s musing is a lot less imaginary and far more real. Since I published my last blog, which documented, “Hunting For… Read more »

3 Easy Steps To Write A Purpose Statement For Your (Next) Job

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One of the “5 C’s” I mentioned in past posts here at Ongig (the video job description platform) is getting from Point A to Point B in your  Career development. To do so, you need to be purposeful about your job. Here’s an easy exercise for figuring out the purpose statement of your current or next job…. Read more »

Is The Résumé Dead?

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Throughout the 20th Century and now into the 21st, job search pundits have eulogized the résumé as it gives way to technology and time. Through each era, age, fad and phase, the resilient document changes and continues to lead the way for job seekers. Like the Phoenix, the résumé is dynamic,  dying thousands of fiery deaths only to rise from… Read more »

Technology Companies Spend $4,339 To Recruit You & They Find You Here

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The kind folks at Bersin Associates in Oakland, CA gave us permission to share some awesome data from their $999 Talent Acquisition Factbook 2011 authored by Karen O’Leonard. A Recruiter Makes 21% Of Your First Year’s Salary (E.g. $21K Here In SF)

What Do Steve Martin, Facebook, Google & A Rock Have In Common?

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Here are some more creative business cards/calling cards we discovered after posting A Creative Business Card Showing Twitter, Web & Email All On One Line. Thanks to Neatorama for posting this calling card from comedian Steve Martin: Here’s a simple & cool business card from Ji Lee (formerly Creative Director at Google)