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California’s Tax Problem

Ed. Note : Some argue for the abolition of the taxes all together or a flat tax, but really we can’t expect a tax based on "presences" to be appropriately levied. Will the job situation be fixed in 18 months? If it is, expect unions and "innovation" to take a back seat- the problems that were left for this administration make me hope that we do not enter yet another lost decade.

The result of this bill is that any out-of-state retailer will *not* have to collect sales tax if they sever business relationships with a large swath of contractors, service providers, ad networks and affiliates that have a presence in California.

If you are a company that in any way makes a commission or markets on behalf of another company as your monetization, you are in danger.

If you are a contractor, web host of some kind or other service provider that is even peripherally facilitating the sale of a product in any fashion, you are in danger of out-of-state retailers canceling their contracts. This could include web design, web hosting (including out-of-state hosts with a server in California), coding, mobile apps, you name it.

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Posted: June 14th, 2011
at 11:04am by mnp


Categories: web,business,politricks,development,education,jobs,innovation

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Job Myths

Myth: 9 to 5 jobs are Stable

Reality: Somewhere along the way you got convinced that a 9 to 5 job is stable. From experience I can tell you it’s only stable until a company decides to go through a layoff. When somebody else is in control of your income is that really stable? Sure there’s short term risk in an entrepreneurial venture. But isn’t the risk worth it considering the long term risk is letting somebody else control your financial future? It’s something that I encourage the skeptics on the sideline to consider.

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Posted: June 9th, 2011
at 8:32am by mnp


Categories: myninjaplease,life,jobs

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Should You Hire MBAs at Your Startup?

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Guy Kawasaki says he values startups at $100,000 per MBA and $1,000,000 per engineer. We’ve got 3 MBA’s and 2 engineers (our CTO is both - double credit!!!), so he values us at $2.3mm. (Source)

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Posted: June 7th, 2011
at 6:16pm by mnp


Categories: business,development,entrepreneurship,jobs,innovation

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How to Land a Job

An employer, a candidate and a recruiter. Sometimes recruitment is direct, but often it involves each of the three parties jumping into bed together. Despite early enthusiasm the end result can frequently be disappointing and unsatisfying. It doesn’t have to be this way.

What are we doing wrong?

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Posted: May 26th, 2011
at 10:00pm by mnp


Categories: development,jobs

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Working for Yourself

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Working for yourself is different doesn’t mean you have to have your own business. It just means you take full responsibility for all your job choices and that you’re doing things because you truly want to do them, not because you’ve bought into someone else’s dream fro your life.

So many people live their life building something for someone else. There’s nothing wrong with that. Not everyone is an entrepreneur. Not everyone can build their own thing. Not everybody is meant to go create something for nothing. But for God’s sake, don’t build something for someone else if it’s not something you truly want to be doing.

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Posted: May 26th, 2011
at 10:52am by mnp


Categories: life,"ninja",development,entrepreneurship,jobs

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iHub

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Kenya’s first exclusive IT incubation centre marked its first anniversary amid growing interest in tech start-ups and IT innovation in East Africa, with now 3,036 members and the first wave of iHub-fuelled IT products now coming to market in the region. (Source)

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Posted: May 20th, 2011
at 6:51pm by mnp


Categories: web,business,development,internets,entrepreneurship,open source,jobs,innovation

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The Tech Community’s Diversity Problem

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Take gender diversity, for one thing. By most counts, the average open source project has 49 male participants for every female participant. Women at conferences - rare enough already! - are assumed to be significant others, designers or visitors from planet marketing, with disastrous consequences for all involved.

This is a problem, for lots of reasons. The worst is that it’s self-perpetuating - women will (wisely!) avoid hostile environments, and through some broken-window-like mechanism, environments without women will quickly become environments that are hostile to women. (The same holds for other visible minorities.)

In discussions about "how to fix this", community leaders often appear to be at a loss, unsure how to progress. Their early efforts are often met by criticism on both sides - techies have a strong libertarian streak that tilts at all sorts of windmills, and the women who do "blaze trails" aren’t always much better than the men. (In fields like physics, chemistry and finance - fields dominated by men for ages - which are, these days, however, beating our numbers by a wide margin - the first generation of women to brave the hostilities and pierce the glass ceiling are often later generations’ harshest critics. "What? You want to have a career and a family? I didn’t have that option. Why should you? You’ll need to learn to drink scotch and smoke cigars like I did, or you’re through.")

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Women in Science

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Science doesn’t pay:

There are three broad hypotheses about the sources of the very substantial disparities that this conference’s papers document [percentage of women among tenured professors of science] and have been documented before with respect to the presence of women in high-end scientific professions. One is what I would call the-I’ll explain each of these in a few moments and comment on how important I think they are-the first is what I call the high-powered job hypothesis. The second is what I would call different availability of aptitude at the high end, and the third is what I would call different socialization and patterns of discrimination in a search. And in my own view, their importance probably ranks in exactly the order that I just described. (Source)

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Posted: May 12th, 2011
at 9:38am by mnp


Categories: science,jobs

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Do You Want Warren Buffett’s Job?

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At this weekend’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, much of the buzz surrounded David Sokol’s recent departure. But while visiting guests and the media hashed over the legal and ethical questions behind the former deputy’s leaving, they missed a boldfaced question: Who would want to replace the Oracle of Omaha as the company’s chief executive? (Source)

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Posted: May 5th, 2011
at 8:33am by mnp


Categories: trade,jobs

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