Drawing inspiration from unlikely places

Posted by Benjamin Grohé

April 11, 2013 @ 02:11 PM

TheLadders mobile app team gets inspired from an unlikely source -- Ben Grohe explains.

In my last post, I wrote about why it’s important to challenge your existing assumptions when you build products for mobile devices. As I explained in that article, it is not enough to merely copy (web) functionality and make it look nice on a smaller screen; you have to first re-think what functionality is necessary for a mobile platform. Today, I want to talk about finding inspiration in new places.

When we started our competitive research early in 2013, we investigated every major job-search app within Apple’s app store. We wanted to see how they dealt with the unique challenges of mobile devices and, more importantly, solved the problems of their mobile customers. To be frank, we were disappointed. Most apps just replicated their trusted web experience: login, search for jobs, save or email jobs, and sometimes (if you already had a resume on file), you were allowed to apply using your phone.

Not only do these well-known job-search processes require significant time, they are tasks better managed on a desktop or laptop where you have lots of screen space –which is something you don’t have on your phone.

Topics: TheLadders Dev

TheLadders Q1 Metrics: Taking 2013 by storm

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

April 09, 2013 @ 05:56 PM

TheLadders is the leading job-matching service for professionals. As a privately owned company, we do not disclose our financials. However, because we are constantly asked about our growth and performance by our outside stakeholders, we have decided to share with the outside world – for the first time -- selected company metrics on a quarterly basis.

First Quarter 2013 Highlights:

    • Jobs Posted by an Employer: In the first quarter of 2013, we have seen the number of jobs posted by employers on our site increase 116% year-over-year and 21% quarter-over-quarter. Jobs postings soared in Q4 2012 with our move to a free search and post model.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

Tech Talk: How to scale your database in the cloud

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 04, 2013 @ 07:16 AM

Last Thursday, I presented at the Clustrix NYC roadshow. Technical executives and leaders from two of the world’s largest database groups on Meetup, New York City’s MySQL and NewSQL groups, were treated to an in-depth presentation about our direct experience with Clustrix, a leading scale-out database. The event, hosted at our SoHo office, drew attendees from companies like SMBC Capital Markets, Getty Images, Pythian, Pixable, M-Square, and ACES.

Historically, databases were the bottleneck in any system, and in the web world, often the primary cause of website downtime and bad user experience. We wanted to keep the downtime as low as possible, so we looked for different ways to scale our database. We also wanted our developers to focus on adding value to our product, rather than spending time working on a database layer. The goal was to scale the system smoothly and economically as requirements increased. A new database system would be able to handle large numbers of concurrent users, provide continuous availability, and process extremely large data sets.

We had several options to scale our database: break it to smaller databases called shards, migrate to a simple key-value or a document store, buy a big iron database, or adopt a modern internet-scale database solution called NewSQL.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, TheLadders Dev

TheLadders holds its inaugural JobMobile New York event

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 29, 2013 @ 01:10 PM

After many weeks of careful planning, my colleagues and I were proud to launch our inaugural JobMobile event in New York City last night. This was the first in a series of nationwide events that brought together the talent acquisition community to discuss major innovations and strategies in mobile recruitment. It also served as a festive platform for us to honor the top 1% of recruiting professionals in New York, better known as TheLadders ELITE.

Topics: In the News

35,000 employers…and counting

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

March 22, 2013 @ 04:48 PM

TheLadders hits a new milestone with over 35,000 recruiters and employers using TheLadders to find the most qualified candidates at any level, for free.

About a month ago, there was a rally held in Washington D.C. to protest a perceived lack of action by the government regarding climate change. This was estimated to be the largest group in history that has gotten together for this purpose – 35,000 individuals, filling the National Mall, from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument. For those unfamiliar with our nation’s capital, this is an expansive 1.2-mile piece of land.

Topics: In the News

Breaking down the Startup Un-Convention

Posted by Kyri Sarantakos

March 11, 2013 @ 02:19 PM

Kyri heads to Philadelphia to share his thoughts on "How to Write the Perfect Product Spec" with Wharton Business School's Startup Un-Convention attendees.

Topics: TheLadders Dev

Spring into happiness

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

March 07, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

TheLadders data reveals which job markets and professions are the happiest and unhappiest in the United States.

Topics: In the News

A look back at NYU…towards the future

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

March 06, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

Hot on the heels of attending TED2013 in Long Beach, CA, I flew back last weekend to deliver a “Founder Talk” at the 2nd Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, a two-day event to promote and support entrepreneurship across the University. As a proud NYU alumnus, I was invited to be a keynote speaker to share my stories of success, along with the challenges overcome along the way, with the rest of the NYU community.

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Additional presenters included founders such as Dan Porter of OMGPOP and Paul Berry of RebelMouse, as well as Rachel Sterne Haot, Chief Digital Officer to Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and the City of New York. She spoke about various initiatives underway in New York to cultivate local technology talent for the city’s innovative community. Fellow NYU alumnus Jack Dorsey, founder & CEO of Square and creator of Twitter, made his way back to New York University for a fireside chat with Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

3 business lessons learned at TED2013

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

March 05, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

Alex shares his favorite TED Talks from TED2013.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

The mobile job search has no winner...yet

Posted by Benjamin Grohé

February 28, 2013 @ 02:33 PM

The era of the PC is over. Apple has been saying this for a while and they are right. Sales of tablet computers and smartphones combined have overtaken PC sales. The once #1 PC manufacturer in the country, Dell, just announced that they are going private in order to take radical measures necessary to survive the post-PC era without the harsh glare of shareholders. Even Intel has started killing off its own PC business.

Of course, the change in devices owned and used by consumers has a profound impact on millions of other businesses. Big news outlets report that traffic from mobile devices now reaches and exceeds 50% of their overall traffic at certain hours of the day. Facebook is now a mobile company. Latest reports show that 25% of Americans now use their smartphone, not computers, for the majority of their web surfing.

Topics: TheLadders Dev