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Uniting Software Professionals
RevolutionConf is a two-day, platform and language agnostic, software development conference being held on June 1-2, 2017. This year, we are taking over the beautiful Wyndam Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With 15,000 sq. ft of conference space, on the world famous North End of Virginia Beach, VA, we are hosting talks from regional, national, and international thought leaders.
RevolutionConf is organized and supported by the board members of RevolutionVA, a 501c3 non-profit based in Norfolk, VA. The goal of RevolutionVA is to unite software developers in the mid-Atlantic region through conferences, and career and learning opportunities.
I understand standard of living is regional and even statewide, but when one state is 2.9% to 9.9% lower than another state and you put job postings out to pay 45% less you WILL NOT attract senior level great talent to your state! If you don’t believe me here is a recent job posting I received. Believe me this is not the first time this has happened. I was shocked when I moved to Norfolk-Virginia Beach two years ago. And after two years I have not seen any improvements. This is a problem we need to solve, asap!
Take this position for instance.
Project Manager – Agile experience
12-18 month contract opportunity in Norfolk, VA. If interested, please reply with an updated resume and I will follow up to discuss.
I need an experienced IT Project Manager for our Client in the financial services and banking industry. This includes the management of IT development, technology or non-technology efforts that have limited to moderate complexity. Candidate will work within a group of related software applications that provide a defined scope of functionality used to support business activities. Many of the platforms are Agile or have incorporated some Agile best practices. The PM leads the local effort and when it is completed then moves on to another platform to work on another local delivery effort. Candidate must have proven experience leading IT development or IT technology projects, a working knowledge of the IT development life cycle, proven ability to lead a team to desired outcome and establish working relationships with fellow team members, exposure to Agile methodology, familiarity with Clarity or similar project portfolio management tool, and proven ability to lead team matrixed from different internal groups.
This is a pretty senior level job (at least in the job posting). Yet they are paying junior level contracting rates. Here is an example based on personal experience; Minneapolis-St.Paul to the Norfolk-Virginia Beach has a 2.9% to 9.9% differential in standard of living. Norfolk-Virginia Beach is 2.9% to 9.9% less to live in than Minneapolis-St.Paul.
So I would expect 2.9 t0 9.9% (depending on living and working) less in contracting rates for senior level positions, a contractor here should be getting $90.00/hour all inclusive. As you can see this position is 45% less based on the contractor getting $50.00/hour. Now we all know the contractor is getting billed out at around $100 to $125.00 (I get that contracting firms are not a non-profit). This contract gig in Minneapolis-St.Paul would be at least $125 at the low end and $135 at the top end to the contractor, which is more inline with the 2.9%-9.9% difference.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach region is NOT going to attract top talent or even move top talent around (cross-pollination of talent is good for a region too) like we want and desire to happen. As a region if we don’t start paying to get talent, we will not get them, period! Wanting Maybach type talent and paying Plymouth Sundance prices will not get the job done! Ask company management, recruiters, and or human resource professionals in this area see what they say. Bet their first statement will be “We cannot attract talent at the wages this region has set within their budgets!” This is a top down and a bottom up solution driven problem.
What do you think region needs to do to rectify this problem?
If we don’t solve how will this affect this regions growth potential?
Wanted to share info. about a great service that seems super relevant for this crew – FounderDating (no, it’s not romantic). Norfolk Area of FounderDating is kicking off Round 2 of accepting applications into this private group for people looking to find a Co-Founder of their startup business!
Click here for more info on FounderDating.com
FounderDating (FD) is an invite-only, online network for entrepreneurs to connect with cofounders. What makes them different?
High Quality – members are carefully screened for quality and readiness (no recruiters, etc.) Applications and members’ identities are confidential, but a few of the folks who are part of the network are former founders or early employees from: stackmob, snapfish, Zynga, Loggly and Gilt just to name a few.
Balanced – 50% engineering & 50% non-engineering
No Idea Necessary – FD is about the people, so you don’t need to have an idea, just be ready to work on a serious side project
If you have applied in the past and received an email about not being accepted in Round 1 you will be considered for an invite in Round 2Zack Miller and I can work with any type of groups like alumi associations, professional organizations, and government agencies to ensure their members know about FounderDating and can apply. Just let us know how we can work with you to announce this round and opportunity to your club via email or other appropriate channels? If so, I’ve included a small blurb below. Also, we are happy to jump on the phone/skype or scheduled a face to face visit and tell you more about us or answer questions about FounderDating.com.You can read more about FD on here and hereHere are Photos from the Round 1 Members Kickoff:
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I went back to my northern roots on that title hey! Wanted to share an email I received from Zack Miller of We are Titans about the incubator for startups he has created called Hatch! There is a deadline for applications coming up fast. So make it a point to check it out and if you are serious about your idea for a business, well then what are you waiting for?
Now that is one side of the equation the other side is investing. If you are wanting to invest some serious money in some businesses that are not yet supported and are in your own backyard. Well here is your chance. To start investing today reach out to Zack Miller at [zack dot miller at wearetitans dot net ] about the details about how being on the ground floor in your community with investing is the new black!
+++++++++ Below is Zack’s Email to the Community ++++++++++
A lot of people talk about generating new high-tech jobs in the region and attracting fast-growing startups to downtown Norfolk and other parts of the region.
We’re done talking. This summer, we take action.
On June 15, the visionaries who created Start Norfolk and brought TechCrunch to Granby Street are launching Hatch, an 11-week long startup accelerator. Hatch will put a handful of teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region through the crucible and create new companies.
We know this will work because we’ve already done it. The two weekend long startup marathons known a Start Norfolk resulted in the formation of 19 companies. Many of them have already launched their products. And that was just two weekends.
Imagine what we can accomplish with 11 weeks. This time, however, we can’t do it alone. The startup companies can’t quit their jobs or put them on hold for 11 weeks and still eat and pay rent. That’s why we’re raising $25,000 for each team. As a result, we need $200,000.
If you invest $10,000? A cornucopia of payback. First, publicity. Hatch will be a very public event. The City of Norfolk has contributed the Design Center, a retail space near the corner of Main and Granby Streets (directly across the street from the new urban park, The Plot). People walking and driving by will see the companies working around the clock (and your logo on the storefront window). The center, which has great meeting space, will become a hub and hangout for area entrepreneurs and their service providers all summer. Also, we’re great at getting press coverage. Here’s what we got for a couple of weekends and the TechCrunch event. Imagine what we’ll get for an 11-week event.