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Uber could offer the low-skill job boost that Europe needs

Assuming regulatory compliance, Uber plans to create 250,000 jobs across the EU in the next few years, which could have a huge impact on the Eurozone's economy.
Opportunities for low-skilled workers in the EU are scarce, but at least one new technology in Europe is changing that dynamic. One of the big draws to part-time jobs in a service like Uber is that it allows for much greater flexibility than most low-wage jobs in Europe. For many people, a major barrier is the inflexibility of employment. It
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Technology is no longer a barrier to entry in digital startups. Here's why you (probably) don't need a developer on day one.
There's a perception out there that creating an awesome tech startup is about nothing more than making a product that by its awesome and paradigm-shifting nature will magically attract customers. For example, consider the following hypothetical, but reality-based conversation I heard recently: ...
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Veterans get the short end of the job-hunting stick

The military likes to say that a career is waiting for service members after they complete their tour of duty, but this study indicates that promise might be untrue.

What do you think? Are we doing enough to make sure the men and women who serve our country can make a future for themselves afterwards?
A tour in the armed forces has long been touted as a good way for high school graduates to get training to take into the civilian workforce, but a new study by the Volunteers of America and the University of Southern California indicates that job opportunities may be overstated. Among the problems faced by veterans entering the private job market are
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I can tell you from experience, that in some cases, specially ones where they have been medically discharged and are receiving disability benefits, that these benefits are comparable to an every level management salary position.

I extended an offer to a veteran last week which he turned down, because his various disability benefits would amount to almost what his salary would be at our company. 
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+Fitbit is going to be the first public wearables company
With over $80 million in funding and an array of wearable fitness trackers available to customers, Fitbit is the first company of its kind to explore an initial public offering: In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the 8-year-old startup -- a leading maker of fitness- and health-tracking gadgets based in San Francisco -- is seeking to raise
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HIFW I have to power cycle our legacy server.
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We work long hours, but at least the pay is good, right?

Tech and financial workers are among the highest paid in modern society, but they often make sacrifices for that money in the form of time. The trend seems to be longer and longer hours for those of us who have full time positions.
The best paying jobs in the technology and financial sectors are requiring longer hours and this trend seems like it might be carrying over into other industries as a result. While the highest paid workers are likely very highly skilled, they are also being asked to do more and more for their employers: When a company has either invested a lot of effort in training
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Farming isn't going away, and colleges aren't putting out enough qualified grads to staff it

Agriculture - like every other industry - has been greatly impacted by technology, so people entering the field now need specialized skills more than ever. The problem is that colleges are going to be putting out 25,000 fewer grads than the department of agriculture thinks we'll need to keep up with the pace of demand.
The Agriculture industry is booming in the United States, and it's looking like employers won't have as many graduates as they need to fill the growth expected: An average of nearly 60,000 high-skilled ag and related job openings are expected annually in the United States over the next five years, with only about 35,000 grads in food, ag,
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More recent grads want security than excitement in their jobs

I was a little surprised to read that this report found more recent college graduates want to work with government agencies or non-profits than want to join startups.

What do you think? Are government or non-profit jobs really safe?
AfterCollege's annual survey of graduates has revealed that the most likely students to get employment upon graduation are men studying technical fields: Just 14 percent of college seniors have a job locked up before graduation this year...But, among technology students, 28 percent have jobs in place...Meanwhile, 18 percent of men have a job being held for them compared
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+Garrett Chapman good point. Apparently you're not alone in feeling that way either.
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#Seedpaths  is helping Coloradans get the skills they need without the college degree. There are similar programs across the country, and it's really interesting to see how they're taking off in certain skill sets. I know we don't look at a four year degree as a requirement, but you do have to prove you've got the skills we look for. 
In Colorado, there are jobs and there are people looking for work, but their problem is the same as it is across the country: workers lack the skills employers need today. That said, there are some exciting, short term programs on the rise to help train the next generation of tech workers without burdening them with four years of college
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How #Stripe is relying on its global advantage to set it apart from the competition
Stripe - the online payment processor that competes with Paypal's Braintree - has been expanding quickly. They've raised about $190 million in funding, and are poised to become the dominant global payment processor in the future: Stripe has a competitive advantage, because its payment technology handles transactions in 139 currencies...the gap "between Stripe and other businesses widens as you
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Internet junkie, web developer, startup fanatic, bootstrapper, and continual student
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  • Packback Books
    Software Engineering Manager, 2013 - present
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • JobBrander
    Founder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
  • MyUdaily
    Founder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Shakeup Media - Web development and community management
    Founder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
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Technology Entrepreneur in Digital Media & Software Development, currently based in Chicago, IL
Introduction
What I do right now:
I am the Director of Student News at +Uloop, where I recruit, train, and manage hundreds of college writers at campuses across the country.  I do a lot of web development, and help with Uloop's social media strategy. I love code, and I love people.

My qualifications:
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee (c/o 2012), but after two years of internships with some of the biggest firms in the world, I realized that startups were way more fun.  I founded a web-development company (+Shakeup Media) and started a news blog on my college campus.

After pitching my college news platform at business competitions for months, I was getting very little traction.  Uloop found out what I was doing, and eventually brought me on to their team to create Uloop News.  It's now the fastest growing college news blog in the United States with a presence at 50 campuses and over 400 writers contributing.

My Philosophy
Follow me for a week and you'll see that I'm controversial, fun-loving, and a deeply-rooted minimalist. My goal online is to start intelligent dialogues, not further the amount of trash out there to be discarded tomorrow. I live in a 300 square foot apartment with one chair and a mat on the floor, and I am as happy as Bill Gates.

For Fun:
I love meeting people, writing (in both code and prose), playing guitar, traveling, and cooking.  While I enjoy my work and the flexibility it provides, I also do a lot of geeky things on the side. Lately, it's been playing with my Raspberry Pi and learning Python.

Let me know if I you'd ever like to chat:
(901) 827-9637
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"Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much."
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Dollar for dollar, I haven't found any better Chinese food in this part of Uptown. It's cheap, greasy, and if you look inside the place you won't be impressed, but the food is excellent and the staff is friendly.
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This place is amazing. Friendly staff, great food (whether you're vegan or not), and a wide variety of options. First time in today, and I can promise I'll be back.
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reviewed a year ago
Thursday and Saturday night are their big days. Never had the food, but the beer is cheap, the music is loud, and the people are always fun. It's one of the most progressive dance crowds in the city, and stays hopping till 2 or 3 am.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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They did a great job with my nose piercing. Their piercer was professional and very thorough when it came to explaining care instructions. He even told me to come in anytime for a follow up or new gauge if I felt uncomfortable with the one I got. This place might not be the cheapest, but if you're doing body modification, your health is worth more than saving a few bucks.
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The pizza is excellent, they have a great beer selection, and there are live bands almost every night. The crowd is what you'd expect in the Old City, a mix of young and old. During the day, a great spot for your family or large groups to meet, but it does get a bit loud at night.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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