Digest #15

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  • City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department woos tech startups
    "... looking to support entrepreneurs whose vision for innovation matches the spirit of Santa Cruz. Eligible emerging tech companies must be investment funded, currently located outside of Santa Cruz County, and employ two to five people. Winners will get free office space for one year at NextSpace or Cruzioworks."

  • The Armada Group: How Mentoring Can Attract & Retain IT Talent
    "As the candidate pool for IT talent shrinks, companies competing for great recruits will need to demonstrate that they can provide more than just a paycheck and profit sharing possibilities. More than ever, employees want to know where a new position can take them professionally."


  • Vic Desotelle launches portal to 50+ organic online stores
    "... an eco store provider of products and services relating to the green marketplace through the selling of sustainable green product lines from over 50+ eco friendly companies whose focus is on manufacturing products using green materials and sustainable technology."


  • Civinomics to host civic engagement conference
    "Called 'Civinomicon,' the three-day event will bring together county leaders and staff to generate and share ideas on a host of topics that impact that daily lives of county residents, including public safety, transportation, homelessness, water and education." 


  • Save the date: January 24-26, 2014 is Startup Weekend Monterey Bay at CSU Monterey Bay  "Join more than 100,000 entrepreneurs in more than 400 cities in over 100 countries and over 8,000 startups by participating ... All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback."

  • Free Google Bootcamp App workshop on Fri, Nov 15 at CSUMB
    "This pre-Startup Weekend technical bootcamp is a free workshop for 'non-computer geeks' interested in learning how to develop Apps ... Google Technology User Groups and Startup Weekend are joining forces to help developers and entrepreneurs become more successful." 


Noteworthy, but not brand new
  • America: A Nation of Permanent Freelancers and Temps "The forces behind this sea-change are many: the rapid adoption of mobile technology, ubiquitous internet access, and a general sense of malaise powered by the vague yet nagging notion that we're just not meant to work all day sitting in a cubicle. Add to that the waste of time, energy and brainpower that commuting engenders, and it becomes apparent that our definition of 'workplace' will never be the same."  
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