Posts Tagged ‘Steve Jobs’

STEM career viability in a winner-take-all society…

March 29, 2014

Working World Bell JarIn a previous post regarding STEM career viability I promised more installments on my own personal journey as a biomedical scientist.   But we are going to take a brief detour from academic biomedical research and biotech and make a brief stop in Silicon Valley.  The reason for this is to highlight some basic meat and potatoes compensation issues that are trending through many, if not most STEM career tracks.

Yves Smith of Naked Captialism just posted a blog on the justice department response to a massive wage suppression (price-fixing)  conspiracy that has ensnared the likes of Apple, Google, Dell, Dreamworks, Comcast – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Hiring collusions impacting engineers salaries? NO! Really???

March 3, 2014

Its all over the media.  There is a huge “skills-mismatch” in the US.  In spite of high unemployment, millions of jobs in the so-called “STEM”  (science, technology, engineering and math)  fields are going begging because employers can not get enough “qualified” Americans to fill those positions.

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Innovation with a little “i” or a big “I”?

March 11, 2013

Public emphasis on little “i” innovation….

Innovation means many things to many people.  I hear a great deal about Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg as being iconic innovators for the late 20th to early 21st century world. These are the names people know.  In the public eye they are the icons of American exceptionalism and innovation.

But are they really?  I’m not trying to take anything away from these innovators.  But I am trying to get people to put these products  and applications in their proper perspective.  Because that’s what they are: products and applications using existing technology. They aren’t groundbreaking and game changing in the same respect as the creation of the internet of our generation or the mainframe computers  of 50 years ago.   These products were built on the foundation of those discoveries.

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The scientist and engineer as a working stiff…

September 17, 2012

To understand why we have lost our innovative edge, we have to understand what it is like to be an innovator.  Innovators that change the world with new technologies, innovators that make truly earth shaking discoveries are generally not great business people.  Sorry to disappoint, but most of them are working stiffs.

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