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President Obama kicks off Computer Science Education Week
In New York City in August, women coded for women's health. (Photo: SELF Magazine)
This morning, President Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by pushing Code.org's "Hour of Code" initiative with a pump up speech urging more people to get involved in learning to code. As the president said, "Don't just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn about the technology that touches every part of our lives." Read More
Mad acquisition skillz
Pluralsight picks up Smarterer, focused on skill tests, for $75 million
Smarterer CEO Dave Balter and Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight.
You never know which meeting is going to lead to something worthwhile... Dave Balter, founder and CEO of the online skills testing site Smarterer, was at an edtech conference in Phoenix in April. Balter had about three dozen meetings scheduled over the course of the event, but other people at the conference kept telling him he should meet the CEO of Utah-based Pluralsight, which serves up online training in the tech and creative industries. Balter sent him a quick e-mail "and we squeezed in ten minutes before everyone went to the airport," he says. A few months later, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard flew to Boston "and we began active merger discussions," Balter says. Read More
A Peek Under the Hood
Boston developers to gather for Stack Dive, share the technologies behind their startups
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Software developers from Smarterer and a host of other local companies will be getting together on Thursday night to exchange ideas and try to shine a spotlight on the Boston "dev" community. If you've ever been interested in learning about some of the innovative technology that local companies are working with every day, the event, Stack Dive, should be a great opportunity. Read More
smart money
Smarterer announces $1.6M round of funding and launches new enterprise-focused product
(Image provided by Smarterer)

In terms of evaluating talent, not many job categories are more difficult than those in the rapidly growing technology and innovation sectors. In particular, marketing roles, social media manager positions, and development jobs are tricky positions to gauge a potential employee’s skill set and expertise.

Smarterer, the local skill assessment company, has established itself as a leader in evaluating talent and niche knowledge in non-traditional, mostly digital areas, including Twitter, Facebook, sales platform Salesforce, as well as Wordpress, HTML5, Microsoft Excel, and a host of others.

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