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Mike Dsupin as a guest blogger on CNBC Executive Career– "CEO to CEO: Taking a Job at a Startup vs. a Public Company"

February 10th, 2012

Mike Dsupin continues his media domination with a guest blogger gig on CNBC Executive Career Blog.  Here is the link:

If you are looking for information on whether a start up or a larger corporate environment is for you, Mike has laid out some pretty important things to think about and ask your potential employers about.

Please check it out and let us know what you think!


Posted in Career Tips, Company News, Current Events, Talener Blog

Women in Technology “Our Time is Now”

February 6th, 2012

I feel like I’m riding the crest of a beautiful wave, being a Woman in Technology in New York City

I plan on surfing this wave for one hell of a ride.  My mission is to spotlight Women in Technology in New York City and create a meet-up for us to connect as peers, mentors and friends.  As Marlo Thomas put it on the new Women’s Page of the Huffington-Post that launched this past August; “You need to lift up many women, not just one woman.  For women there’s safety in numbers.  If you have only one woman at the table, she’s a pest.  Two women? That’s a team. But three? Now that’s a coalition.”

This past December Caroline Turner wrote in her article, Why women abandon the C suite-and how to get them back, “Women now represent about half of the hiring pipeline, entry-level positions and total workforce.  But at each level of management, women represent a lower percentage.”

The 2011 Catalyst Census showed women representing 47.6% of today’s workforce; in the 2011 Fortune 500 women represented only 14.4 percent of executive officers, and only made up 7.6% of top earners.  The good news is that Prior Catalyst research also revealed that advancing women to leadership positions is good for women and good for business.  The census found companies with more women in top leadership positions, on average, far outperform those with fewer.  Another new Catalyst release, The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004–2008), indicates that sustained gender diversity in the boardroom correlates with better corporate performance―and not by just a little. Companies with three or more women board directors in four of five years, on average, outperformed companies with zero women board directors―by 84% return on sales, 60% return on invested capital, and 46% return on equity.

My research has shown me that women even if they don’t literally leave, they disengage or just quit climbing.  As women in leadership roles, we need to strive to inspire our people and inspire our fellows.  Helping and connecting with other women in the NYC Tech frontlines will produce high level support in turn re-engaging ourselves while simultaneously making us more confident leaders

Our Time is now and these women are doing it.  Let’s take a look into who they are, where they work and what they’ve accomplished.

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. Her news blog site has become the most widely read, linked to and frequently cited media brands on the internet.  She has been twice named to Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. 

Heather Harde

Vice President, TechCrunch

Heather Harde has help bring TechCrunch from her boss’s living room to being acquired for a reported number between $40-50 million by AOL.  Heather spent the previous decade at News Corp., where she learned much of the discipline and skills needed to turn a group of bloggers into a media powerhouse.  In Fast Company magazine Harde says, “I had an appreciation of how difficult it was to create a brand in media. TechCrunch had become a brand. It now needed to scale into a media property.”


Chloe Sladden

Media Partnerships, Twitter

Sladden is responsible for partnering Live tweeting during media broadcasts.  In 2010 she brought “Live Tweeting” to be a key part of the MTV Video Music Awards which resulted in over 11 million viewers, the highest rated show since 2002.  Sladden also pioneered the first time a major news organization partnered with Twitter during the 2008 election.  She had a call to action to vote in the morning via twitter, and then journalists followed up with a live chat in the afternoon.  She is currently working to bridge Twitter’s API and TV, news and entertainment platforms.


Rachel Sterne

Chief Digital Officer, New York City

Sterne started GroundReport in 2006 and has become the Web’s best real-time-news portals according to Fast Company Magazine.  The role has led her to be the Chief Digital Officer in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration.

Jessica Kahn

Vice President of Engineering, Disney Mobile

Jessica Kahn is the brains behind the Tap Tap Revenge which is the most popular iPhone game.  She manages engineering, operations, and strategy.  Kahn thought she’d be a lawyer, until she took a coding class her senior year at Dartmouth.  Kahn was also an Apple software engineer for almost 10 years.


Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss

Co-Founders, Rent the Runway

This duo’s e-commerce company Rent the Runway allows women across America to rent instead of purchasing luxury designer dresses and accessories.  Hyman and Fleiss are on track to revolutionize the fashion industry.  The pair met at Harvard Business School and is taking a customer behavior of buying to renting.  Converting those I’ll only wear that once purchases into rentals.  The site works as a hotel reservation site and women can rent a dress for an occasion starting at $50 receiving the dress for up to eight days. 

Enter W.I.Ny.C;)

Let’s take action and impact ourselves and support other woman.  I present to you,  Women, Inspire, New York City – W.I.Ny.C 😉 .  A technology based meet up for Women in NYC. 

On the last Thursday of every month we will meet up and have a selected speaker lead a topical round table discussion.  W.I.Ny.C.;)’s meet up will be a place for women to share their story, future goals as well as current challenges.   Our first meet-up will be February 23, 2012 at my office, located at 11 East 44th Street, suite 1200.  We will start at 7pm, please let me know if you would like to join us.

I can be reached at

I look forward to meeting you.



Posted in Company News, Current Events, Events, News, Talener Blog, Talener Culture

How to land a Programmer in a Competitive Job Market?

February 2nd, 2012

Programmer Nesting Rituals byJoel Spolsky

I just read that the average Silicon Valley tech salary is over $100,000. I’ve seen starting salaries for CS graduates come pretty close to the magical $100,000 mark. Google recently had to give a 10% raise to all its employees just to stay competitive.

Yep, programmers are getting expensive. But my experience has been that most great programmers don’t really have salary as their No. 1 consideration when deciding where to work. They only worry about salary when the job is so awful that it has to pay well or they couldn’t imagine sticking around.

Here are 10 things that many programmers think about first, long before salary even comes into play:

  1. How much do they believe in the company and identify with its goals? Are they excited about what the company makes? Do they love its products?
  2. How do they feel about the team they work with? Are their coworkers the same people they would want to hang out with after work?
  3. How cool is the technology that they’re using? Will they have a chance to learn powerful new programming languages and systems, or will they be using pedestrian, safe, corporate technologies?
  4. How much of the work they’re doing is new code, and how much of it is bug-fixing and maintenance?
  5. What is the work environment like? Are there plush private offices, nice espresso machines, and free gourmet lunches? Or does it look and feel exactly like a sitcom parody of a miserable office?
  6. How smart is the team? Will they have a chance to learn and grow from their co-workers, or are they going to be carrying the load for a lot of deadweight?
  7. How smart is the organization? Will the bureaucracy fight them every step of the way, or does it exist to enable brilliant work?
  8. Where is the work? Is the commute convenient? Can their spouse find fulfilling work (probably in another field) nearby? Are the schools good?
  9. How much control do they have over their work? Are they required to conform to obscure rules and capricious diktats or do they have the freedom to do great things?
  10. What kind of computer hardware do they work? Are their systems upgraded every year with the latest and the greatest? Can they have three 30” monitors if they want?

You may think that some of these things are completely out of your control … and they may be. Sometimes people run job listings on Stack Overflow and get very few resumes. Then they ask me, “why didn’t we get any applicants for our job listing?” And I look at it and think, “baby Moses in a basket, why would anyone want to work there?”

I know, it’s hard to say, but it’s true: some jobs are just not that attractive, and it’s not a problem of “finding programmers,” it’s a problem of “making this a place where people want to work.”

The first thing to learn is that company founders and CEOs don’t care about the same things as programmers. Usually, if you’re doing what your founder/CEO thought would be nice, you’re not really optimizing for programmers. Founder/CEOs, for example, like to save money, and they like to know what’s going on, so they think having a big room where everyone can overhear everything is a terrific work environment. Programmers need to concentrate, so they would work in a brown cardboard box if it was quiet and free from interruptions.

If you’re scoring kind of low on the “desirable workplace” scale, all is not lost. There’s a lot you can do to fix these issues, even if you are a company that makes atom bombs run by a megalomaniac micromanager with an office on a platform in the Arctic Ocean.

Come to the ERE Expo in San Diego in March, and I’ll go into this in a lot more depth in my keynote. I’ll tell you what I know about how programmers work, what they like, what they care about, and I promise you’ll leave with a lot of ideas of how to make your workplace way more attractive and interesting to the average programmer.

Posted in Talener Blog

Congratulations to our January 2012 Candidate of the Month: Jesse Richards!

February 1st, 2012

Jesse Richards was referred to Talener by a candidate we placed last month, Rich Couzzi.  He was a senior product manager with a very strong skillset and management level experience.  From the moment we sat down with Jesse, he was honest and upfront about his qualifications and what type of position he desired.  With a market-center background, mobile and social media expertise, and a charismatic personality, we knew we’d be able to generate several opportunities for him.

The Project Management team worked closely with Jesse for several weeks, building a close relationship and getting a better understanding of where his background would be a good fit.  He was always honest with his feedback and prompt with communication.  Working with accessible, straightforward, and affable candidates always makes our job so much easier.

One company we were working with, Offerpop, had been searching months to find someone just like him.  They wanted someone who had his industry experience, but more importantly- his demonstrated interest and passion for their product.  After meeting with managers at Offerpop, it was clear that this was a perfect match on both sides.  The company immediately put out an offer, and Jesse couldn’t have been happier to accept.  He will be their Director of Product, a critical position in helping the growing company expand.

We wish Jesse the best, and can’t wait to see how Offerpop evolves in the coming months.  Check out Offerpop at, and Jesse’s self-penned book The Secret Peace: Exposing the Positive Trend of World Events.

Posted in Candidate of the month, Client News, Company News, Featured Candidates, Talener Blog, Talener Culture

How Hot is it in Silicon Valley? Check this out!

February 1st, 2012

We just finished our first month of the year and the data is in.  If anyone wants to argue about the talent level and demand for that talent in Silicon Valley and San Francisco vs. NYC and LA, then you’ll love this.
Our average placement fee for January 2012:

  • NYC was $16,933
  • LA was $16,143
  • SF was $27,416

That means that the average salary for candidates:

  • NYC was $84,665
  • LA was $80,715
  • SF was $137,080

If I were a Software, Web, Mobile, JAVA, Microsoft, Open-Source Developer, Architect or Manager, I’d sure want to check out what’s going on in Silicon Valley.

Sorry NYC and LA.

Posted in Client News, Company News, Talener Blog

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