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Brielle Nikaido
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Do you think there is any correlation between the fluctuations in Klout scores over the past few months and the recent push of Klout perks? Perhaps Klout has been changing the algorithm to somehow add more value for these brands they work with. I would be curious to hear how Klout pitches these brands on partnering with them. I could be totally off-base with this, but just wanted to see if anyone had read any speculation on this yet.

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Startups in NYC, Seattle, Austin, must start thinking about Facebook's Engineering Talent Suction

Facebook is opening offices in several cities including in NYC, Seattle, and now Austin (with Gowalla buy) as they blow out their engineering teams beyond Palo Alto, here in Silicon Valley. (news here: http://bit.ly/uMqotW)

What will this do to the engineering community?

We know that Google is so deathly afraid of losing Software Engineers and there are multiple document stories of signing bonuses over a million dollars. (Here: http://bit.ly/v8PQn7)

With this expansion, this will cause software startups to start to feel a real talent drain, and half to offer significant retention bonuses to existing software engineers, just as Google has had to.

A few quarters back, I read that SW engineers are in such high demand, that there's nearly 0% unemployment of this role in Silicon Valley. (by definition "People who are jobless, looking for jobs, and available for work are unemployed."), which makes sense.

On a related note, see that Silicon Valley engineers at Google make $180k and Facebook make $150k
source: http://bit.ly/oBq7CK and the demand for jobs that involve "Facebook" or "Twitter" are on the rise (source http://bit.ly/hf07n8)

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Touching speech by a brave young man raised by two lesbians. Well said.

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Wish I could use Google+ more rapidly, but Twitter remains my tool of choice for that. I'm kind of live tweeting our Connected Enterprise from Arizona http://twitter.com/papadimitriou

+David Armano is on stage now talking Design Thinking and Social Business.

Parts of the conference are being live streamed: http://livestre.am/16hTM

Some participants/attendees: +Steve Gillmor, +Bryony Cole, R 'Ray' Wang, +Doc Searls, +Alan Lepofsky, +Jeff Ashcroft, +Paul Greenberg, +Brielle Nikaido, +Courtney Sato, +Joe Robens and many more.

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Sun Microsystems was one of my firms largest clients in 2001 and we were very tightly knit with a lot of executive teams at that time.

On this day, I remember Scott McNealy instructed that unused / expendable hardware across the campus and stuff in the warehouse be put on a chartered flight that would fly from Moffet Airforce base straight to Wall Street to get business back up on its feet.

No POs, no credit checks, no nothing.

Thanks to Felix Serna for reminding me of this.

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Neurotheology is fascinating. Studies find that religion, spirituality, and God all can change your brain.
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