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article imageOp-Ed: No recession in tech industry

By Vincent Sobotka     Apr 13, 2011 in Business
"It's pretty crazy, actually. It's the right time to be studying computer science." Stanford junior Feross Aboukhadijeh's words sting "would've, could've, should've" irony into many his elder, yet Feross's generation takes an optimistic head-first plunge.
For years the American society and workforce, including industry leaders and bottom scrapers, have either emphatically or forcibly cast their attention towards one particular, undeniable involvement; innovation through technology.
While the entertainment value of such innovations is greatly appreciated by many, the same appreciation has been held by the working class seeking leverage. Throughout a decade of fierce competition over a limited job market, the ability to come in touch with people or information, from anywhere, using almost anything, became an obsession.
The technologies which failed to gain traction, the rhythmic explosions of faux hope from short-lived trends and the companies that anchored themselves by fine tuning their operations based on what sank not only their own products, but also those of their competitors, have provided us a raw indication of increasing job opportunities.
Although, there is a catch to riding such a movement, a sort of uneasy deja vu dampening the enjoyment of success.before many have yet to even experience such a feeling in the past decade. The "dot com bubble" is not just an analytical term. As youngsters and a cluster of hopefuls recently unshackled from the misery of unemployment or lowered employment standards, rush to migrate into the tech industry many remain alert of how history can repeat itself.
The Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for top notch prospects with a reserved seat at top notch companies. Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, YouTube - they're all watching. That obsession for a competitive edge has nurished the evolution of cloud computing, social networking and mobile media. Independent endeavors may be heavily shadowed by the giants, but they're not dead in the west. While the large corporations compete amongst each other to appeal to young prospects as the "cool" place to work by using tactics unseen in many offices for some time, the independents, the "startups" approach is so far undetected, but likely predictable.
Thousands of miles away, across the country, the unsurprising center of attention, New York City, is changing face from fashion to technology. Silicon valley is striving to appear "hip" while the fashion capital of the United States is simplifying itself; can two types of irony be covered in a single article? This is the proved trend with the proclaimed "Silicon Alley" ready to thrive on the east coast. The city that plays home to global tycoons in one industry has a large, open field for entrepreneurs to roam in another, sort of. The space is quickly being grazed upon by small businesses, cramming themselves into conventions to promote, recruit, and promote some more. Forming networks, alliances and rivalries.
While the early breaths inflating the next economic bubble have yet to reveal the formula printed on the side, one can speculate when, where, why and how; simple economics, though, have always proved inevitable fluctuation. The tech companies to prevail from the masses of youth businesses, when one day analyzed, will still be defined by their abilities to recognize and adapt to trends, consistently review historical patterns and to build a substantial reserve of resources.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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