As the world economy struggles, more and more professionals are looking to join one of the few industries that’s still growing: software development. People seeking to change careers — or beef up their existing code skills — are increasingly turning to the six- to 12-week web development crash-courses commonly known as “bootcamps.” These programs are now springing up everywhere from San Francisco to France to Israel.
Canadian password security firm, PasswordBox, is bursting out of the gate today, coming out of private beta to hit the mainstream market. The company is hoping its mostly free, multi-device password management system will catch on with consumers beyond the 500,000 that have been using the service while it was in stealth development.
The CEO of the company, which was founded last year and has offices in San Francisco and Montreal, is Daniel Robichaud, a serial entrepreneur whose last venture, StreamTheWorld, was acquired by Triton Digital in 2009 for about $46 million.
For Bitmaker Labs, the trouble started with a flattering newspaper profile. In April, Canada’s Globe & Mail ran a piece of the Toronto-based hacker school, calling it “an intense program for programmers” and saying that founder Matt Grey is “dedicated to changing the world.”
Two months later, Bitmaker has temporarily ceased operations. The problem? Local educational regulators read the article and — two weeks ago — came knocking on Bitmakers doors.
In a move showing it looks beyond Silicon Valley to fill gaps, Google is also tapping into centers of higher learning for acquisitions.
That can be seen through the Internet giant's newly-revealed purchase of DNNresearch Inc., a company spawned from the computer science department at the University of Toronto.
If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em.
The firm that runs a community college website was so impressed with a student accused of hacking the portal it offered him a job. Skytech Communications, which manages the Dawson College website, made the offer to Ahmed Al-Khabaz after his expulsion came to light this week.