Baltimore not a tech startup hub // Startups raise funding through crowdsourcing // Skills gap in workplace driven by need for IT [LINKS] - Technical.ly Baltimore

Aug. 24, 2012 8:30 am

Baltimore not a tech startup hub // Startups raise funding through crowdsourcing // Skills gap in workplace driven by need for IT [LINKS]

Baltimore-area startups crowdsource for funding [Baltimore Business Journal, paywall]: TechBreakfast organizer Ron Schmelzer is using crowdfunding to raise capital for his software-development company, Bizelo. How is Baltimore perceived by people in tech startup hotbed areas? [Quora]: “I’ve never heard anyone utter the word ‘Baltimore’ while living here in Silicon Valley.” Don’t send passwords over e-mail […]

Baltimore-area startups crowdsource for funding [Baltimore Business Journal, paywall]: TechBreakfast organizer Ron Schmelzer is using crowdfunding to raise capital for his software-development company, Bizelo.

How is Baltimore perceived by people in tech startup hotbed areas? [Quora]: “I’ve never heard anyone utter the word ‘Baltimore’ while living here in Silicon Valley.”

Don’t send passwords over e-mail or instant messenger [Mike Subelsky’s blog]: “I usually ask people to use Keyvault which lets you send encrypted, short-lived, self-destructing messages accessible only by a unique key.”

For women in tech, finding mentors can be a struggle [Baltimore Business Journal, paywall]: “When she decided to get back to work by starting up her own business, [Debra Bond] Cancro wasn’t sure where to turn.”

Workplace skills gap driven by need for IT talent [Center Maryland]: “The skills gap is generally driven by one key deficiency – lack of sufficient information technology skills, according to a February 2012 report by CompTIA, a leading information technology trade association.”

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist outside Washington, D.C. He's written for Wired, Backchannel, Popular Science, Fortune, the Washington Post Magazine, the Atlantic and elsewhere.

  • IT is absolutely one area in which a skills gap is emerging in the economy.  For more information on this, and how career and technical education and other efforts can help fill the gap, visit the website for the new Industry Workforce Needs Council at http://www.iwnc.org.

    Jason Sprenger, for the IWNC

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