unemployment

  • Stressing aptitude over achievement, Strive Talent pitches a new way to hire

    Stressing aptitude over achievement, Strive Talent pitches a new way to hire

    A number of startups are rethinking how hiring should work, because while many employers require a college degree for a job, the fact is that most of the skills needed to perform those jobs aren’t taught in college. Enter Strive Talent, a new startup that’s trying to come up with (arguably) better criteria to determine an applicant’s suitability for a job. Read More

  • Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

    Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

    Facebook today announced Community Boost. Facebook tells me it’s investing tens of millions of dollars into the program that will travel to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018. It will teach digital job skills to the unemployed, internet literacy to those just getting online, startup methodology to entrepreneurs and customer growth to small business owners. Read More

  • Game studio Mighty Bear rises from the ashes of King’s former Singapore office

    Game studio Mighty Bear rises from the ashes of King’s former Singapore office

    Office closures don’t just mean unemployment and uncertainty, they can lead to new opportunities. That’s the case for Mighty Bear Games, a Singapore-based games studio that grew out of the closure of King.com’s local office. As part of streamlining following its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision, King.com shut down the Singapore office it picked up when it bought Non… Read More

  • Robots, jobs and the human fear of change Crunch Network

    Robots, jobs and the human fear of change

    When it comes to technology’s impact on the economy, there continues to be concern that robots and other advances will lead to unemployment. But what does history really tell us about the impact of new technologies on jobs and the economy? And more importantly, what happens to America’s ability to compete in a global economy if we reject automation and stifle technological innovation? Read More

  • Enjoy the return and watch for unemployment Crunch Network

    Enjoy the return and watch for unemployment

    Those of us interested in marketplace lending have recently observed many pejorative headlines about P2P lending platforms, which mostly reported on Lending Club’s recent difficulties, but also criticized other platforms and the P2P lending model more broadly. Very few people anticipated this kind of a problem less than a year ago as investors were competing for allocations on platforms. Read More

  • Americans think most human jobs could be automated by 2065, finds Pew

    Americans think most human jobs could be automated by 2065, finds Pew

    Humans are nothing if not contrary. Technology destroying jobs is something most Americans accept will happen within their lifetimes, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, just not to their own jobs — which most believe won’t change significantly in the next 50 years. Read More

  • What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley

    It’s a place, a mindset, a nickname, a metonym, an innovation hub, a TV show and a standard against which all cradles of technology are measured. Silicon Valley prides itself on having a meta-status that defies easy categorization, but this cannot save it from the impending bubble. According to investors like Mark Cuban, Chris Sacca, Bill Gurley, Manish Goyal and Bharat Ramnani… Read More

  • Jobs, Robots, Capitalism, Inequality, And You Crunch Network

    Jobs, Robots, Capitalism, Inequality, And You

    Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe everything will be fine. Maybe the “widening gap between rich and poor” is temporary. Maybe the steady growth in the proportion of jobs that are part-time and/or low-paid will soon reverse. Or maybe the idea that all the homeless need are old laptops and a few JavaScript textbooks is not unlike the claim that new technologies automatically create new… Read More

  • Get Ready To Lose Your Job Crunch Network

    Get Ready To Lose Your Job

    “Technological revolutions happen in two main phases: the installation phase and the deployment phase,” observes Angel of the Year and new Andreessen Horowitz GP Chris Dixon, who says that the turning point between those phases for the Age of Information is…now. Meanwhile, “profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other labor compensation… Read More

  • America Has Hit “Peak Jobs” Crunch Network

    America Has Hit “Peak Jobs”

    “The middle class is being hollowed out,” says James Altucher. “Economists are shifting their attention toward a […] crisis in the United States: the significant increase in income inequality,” reports the New York Times. Think all those job losses over the last five years were just caused by the recession? No: “Most of the jobs will never return, and… Read More

  • What If Technology Is Destroying Jobs Faster Than It Creates Them?

    What If Technology Is Destroying Jobs Faster Than It Creates Them?

    The New Luddites are back, and they’re packing heat. The mighty Economist writes of “the disturbing thought” that “America’s current employment woes stem from a precipitous and permanent change caused by not too little technological progress, but too much … A tipping point seems to have been reached, at which AI-based automation threatens to supplant the… Read More

  • Glassdoor Puts Numbers on Our Schizophrenic Job Market

    Glassdooris reporting an Employment Confidence Survey today that shows robust and increasing confidence in the job market– never mind most of the nation remains gripped in 9% unemployment with only a little hope of things getting better. 40% of respondents expect their company’s outlook to improve in the next six months and just 17% are concerned about a possible layoff, down… Read More

  • Does anyone in tech pay attention to unemployment numbers? Hard to buy that new gizmo when you don't have a job, right?

    Writing about tech is so peculiar. On one hand we’re expected to be enthusiastic about the things we cover; no one wants to see us being negative and dismissive about every little thing. That’s no fun. On the other hand, you don’t want a bunch of ninnies bleating on about how great this year’s piece of plastic is compared to last year’s. How is that useful to anyone? Read More