The Semiconductor Industry in Southern California

Updated May 2017 – Original post from 2011 is edited with updated information in red. I find it interesting to see the original and track changes. It gives you a real sense of the motion in the industry.
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Demystifying Software Tech – for Recruiters

The shortage of experienced software engineers in Southern California is remarkable. Our recruiting practice has become more focused on that area in the last 12 month or so. This situation has caused in-house corporate recruiters to work harder and know more about software, the market, and how to talk to engineers to give their company any kind of decent shot of landing the difference makers.
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Business Email

I’ve found combining Google Apps syncing with Microsoft Outlook is a pretty formidable combo. I defy anyone to show me a more powerful email solution for the SMB world! I’m even skeptical there’s an enterprise solution that’s better…

Windows 8 Rocks

The new OS rocks. For the first time in about 15 years, Microsoft has invented something really good that wasn’t just a copycat. (I include Xbox as a copycat).

They’ve done first what was inevitable…a way to marry touchscreen computing with PC computing into something intuitive and elegant. They also have switched the focus from “software programs” to “subject matter”. The Messaging tile can bring together all the different providers. Same with People, Music, etc.

I think Microsoft is going to get some really good ink and see its stock perform very well over the next few years, fueled by what they’ve started this year. And just when I was about to write them off…

Idealists @ Tech Companies: The Oddest Couple?

Yes, that’s a picture of Oprah Winfrey—though not super recent. What’s she doing in a blog that talks about tech and digital media in Southern California? Tech and digital media companies like all others are collections of different personalities and that’s one of our favorite topics here at Pivotal Points. Darn near every American recognizes […]