Category : Pittsburgh

The Way I See the “Talent War” in Pittsburgh

There have been a number of interesting articles in the past few weeks about the “talent war” that tech companies in Pittsburgh are fighting.  There was one (actually from last year, but I recently saw a link to it) about Pikimal addressing a shortage of developers by finding strong candidates…

Excited About the Pirates

I’m sitting in the airport in New York hoping to ride stand-by on the 2:15 to Pittsburgh because I am STOKED about seeing the Pirates this weekend (I have tickets to the Friday and Saturday games).  I haven’t made it to a game since opening weekend and the season has…

Vivisimo Shows You Don’t Have to Sell Fast

Thanks to the Instagram sale there’s another frenzy of articles and people who want to talk about how VC/Seed funded startups “work”.  They want to tell you that startups come up with a good idea, prototype, get funded, create massive growth, and then sell… just like that.  This worked for…

Some Observations and Thoughts on The PG’s Website

The Post-Gazette completely redesigned their website earlier this week.  What I’d like to do is make two lists, first I’ll highlight the changes I observed (the critical ones anyway) and then I’ll share some thoughts on what I think it all means.  I’m not going to share thoughts on the…

New Fund Starting in Pittsburgh

I wasn’t going to make a post today because I have quite a bit going on in my personal life but my hand was a little bit forced by the morning’s news.  Sean Ammirati formerly the CEO of mSpoke (which you’ll recall was the local company that sold to LinkedIn)…

Startup Opportunities in Pittsburgh

Over the last few weeks several opportunities to jump in to the Pittsburgh Tech Entrepreneurial Scene have showed up in my mailbox.  I thought three was enough to post about.  All of these look to be great opportunities, if you’re sitting on the side of the pool why not use…

Twitter for Fun, Pittsburgh Fear Factor

A few months ago, right after the original announcement that Batman would be filming in Pittsburgh, something really funny happened; people decided to use Twitter to imagine what Batman would be like if he was a Yinzer.  I wrote a blog post about it then.  It’s a fun use of…

MicroMedia in the Burgh

I wrote last week about the changing world of Mass Media.  Well, some of the future is here in Pittsburgh and I thought I’d bring it to my readers attention: The Baristas is a “For the Internet” TV program produced right here in the Burgh.  It’s humorous and well put…

Talent to the Startups

Let’s talk about REAL startups for a minute.  I don’t mean Twitter and Facebook who have hundreds of applications for each opening they have and millions in the bank for bonuses to lure any candidate out there.  Hiring for a REAL startup can be difficult.  Convincing good candidates to take…

Zuck Says Tech Entrepreneurship Not Just For the Valley

If I were starting now I would do things very differently. I didn’t know anything. In Silicon Valley, you get this feeling that you have to be out here. But it’s not the only place to be. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. [Silicon Valley]…