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Ed Miliband vows to tackle British IT firms’ dependence on overseas workers

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Patrick Wintour, political editor The Guardian, Tuesday 12 November 2013 Miliband will also promise to make UK-based IT firms take on a full-time British apprentice for each overseas recruit Ed Miliband has hired former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin to head a new independent taskforce to review the growing IT skills gap in the UK, as the Labour leader highlights the growing dependence on overseas workers. Miliband will make the announcement as he warns that British IT firms filling staff shortages from outside the EU, mainly...

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5 Keys to Productive Design – For Non Designers

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By: Nathan Kontny http://www.fastcolabs.com I came to design rather late and had to learn my lessons the hard way. Nonetheless, I’ve been able to make something people like to look at and find pleasant to use. So, here are five important things I’ve learned, that won’t automatically make you a designer, but have helped me make my work a lot better. 1. Don’t make decisions I read a story of why Apple’s products are so simple. The hypothesis was Steve Jobs was terrified about making the wrong choices. He eliminated...

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Developing For iOS 7: The Good, The Bad, The Flat, And The Ugly

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By: Michael Grothaus / http://www.fastcolabs.com 27/08/2013 With iOS 7 developers see the greatest changes to the OS since its inception. To meet those changes some developers are risking their whole business on the upgrade. Here’s what seven of them said about the good and the bad of transitioning their popular apps to iOS 7. In probably just a few short weeks, the biggest change to iOS will be rolling out across iPhones, iPads, and iPods all over the world. Whether or not you’re a fan of the new visual design, iOS 7 is shaping up to be a...

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The Problems with Incubators, and How to Solve Them

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by Sramana Mitra  |   9:00 AM August 26, 2013 http://blogs.hbr.org/ There is a very real knowledge gap in the early stage start-up game, on both sides of the table. First-time entrepreneurs lack the seasoning to captain a steady ship through turbulent waters. Inexperienced friends and family (and, increasingly, crowdsourced investors) lack the ability to gauge the viability of a business, or to mentor naïve entrepreneurs. This knowledge gap, I have come to believe, is best filled by savvy incubators. However, there are over 7,500 business...

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How to Tell if You Have a Great Idea

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BY PENELOPE TRUNK : Inc.com There’s plenty of money out there for great ideas. How to tell if you’ve got one. There’s plenty of funding if you have a good idea. Somehow, a bunch of entrepreneurs got it into their heads that good ideas go unfunded. It’s just not true. Because part of what makes something a good idea is the fact that the founder can convey that it’s a good idea. And in the world of funding, there are rules about how one conveys a good idea. You need an addressable market. You need to solve a problem for that market....

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Here’s What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline

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by Heidi Grant Halvorson  |  12:00 PM August 19, 2013 In June, the Obama administration pushed back the deadline for employers with fifty or more workers to provide health insurance for their employees by a full year — until Jan 1, 2015. Admittedly, the implementation of anything as complex as the Affordable Care Act is going to take time, and those involved have been working furiously to try to meet the government’s deadlines. So, at least with respect to this particular part of the ACA, everyone has an additional year to get...

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5 GOLDEN, PRESS RELEASE-FREE KEYS TO BUILDING SUCCESSFUL BUZZ FOR YOUR STARTU

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BY: SHAWN GRAHAM http://www.fastcompany.com Forget generic press releases. If you want to get your startup noticed by bloggers, media outlets, investors, and customers, you can do it yourself. And usually for a whole heck of a lot less money than hiring a public relations firm. Startups such as Dollar Shave Club, Appotopia, Grasshopper, and others have been able to generate a tremendous amount of buzz by rolling up their sleeves and following these steps: 1. Define your brand and your message. Coming up with a game-changing idea for a new...

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How startups are closing the high-tech skills gap

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Guardian Technology Blog 26/07/2013 Rather than waiting for the education system to catch up, tech firms are taking the initiative on training East London’s tech startups are on a roll. There is a steady stream of new companies being created, the existing startups are growing and established tech companies are moving into the Silicon Roundaboutarea. All of this is making it increasingly hard to recruit great software developers, and developers are the lifeblood of every technology startup. Startups are picky when it comes to hiring. In...

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Want To Recruit Better Developers? Give Them Broken Code

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By: Lily Hay Newman August 13, 2013 http://www.fastcolabs.com Hiring the right programmers is key for development, but it can be a nightmare to find time to administer coding tests and interview candidates. So rather than relying on a scripted phone round that potential hires can easily game, the mobile consulting firm Mutual Mobile is implementing more pragmatic screening in which candidates have to fix a broken app and run it in order to get to the next round of interviews. That’s it. Hiring the right programmers and designers is crucial...

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6 TIPS FOR HAVING PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS

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Drake Baker: fastcompany.com EVER WALK AWAY FROM AN EXCHANGE FEELING AS THOUGH YOU DIDN’T GET ANYTHING OUT OF IT?  Thankfully Forbes contributor John Hall has assembled a collection of ways to have more meaningful conversations–let’s talk over half a dozen of the most excellent ways. 1) PAY ATTENTION. You have 150 billion bits of attention in a lifetime. Spending a few on the person you’re talking to instead of fretting about what you’re going to have for dinner is a worthwhile investment. 2) LET PEOPLE SELL...

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