[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWDOWzk6w2w?rel=0&hd=1&w=560&h=340] Why tech professionals are getting ready to move, fewer job seekers are starting their own companies, and good places to network in New York - with beer. (And here's the link I promise in the video.) Our main points:
  • It seems tech professionals are becoming more confident about their prospects
  • Harris Interactive found 38 percent say the economy is getting stronger, up from 32 percent in the first quarter.
  • That confidence seems to be turning into something like wanderlust, since notable chunks of IT workers say they're "likely" to look for a new job in the next year.
  • By "notable," I mean 61 percent of those earning between $35,000 and $50,000 a year
  • 27 percent of those making $50,000 - $75,000,
  • and 36 percent of those making more than $75,000.
  • You could argue all those salary cuts or suspended raises are coming home to roost.
 
  • Fewer out-of-work job seekers are starting their own businesses.
  • Challenger, Gray & Christmas says only 3.7 percent of unemployed workers are starting their own companies rather than look for a job.
  • That's down from 7.6 percent in the first half of 2009 and 9.6 percent in the second half.
  • It's not clear why this is happening.
  • But here's something interesting:
  • Venture capital seems to be opening up again.
  • Dow Jones VentureSource says VCs put money into everything from software to electric-vehicle infrastructure during the second quarter.
  • In fact, technology and healthcare were the two most-favored sectors. They received $4.6 billion of the total $7.1 billion invested last quarter.
 
  • If you're in New York, Business Insider has a look at the bars where you're most likely to meet tech leaders.
  • Chelsea and the East Village seem like the most happening places.
  • (If you want to check one of them out, send me an e-mail. I'll buy.)
-- Mark Feffer