Ramping Up for A Career in IT
A. Nelen for www.CareerBuilderIT.com
Billions of dollars in venture capital were invested last year in
new IT companies. As soon as the killer deal is signed,
the race for a killer team begins--to ensure that the
company remains the darling of the funders.
That means an almost instantaneous ramp up, with people who can hit
the IT ground running in great demand. One good example of a
company that did the speedy ramp-up is Massachusetts-based Akamai
Technologies. In Hawaiian, Akamai means cool. In the parlance
of Wall Street, Akamai means the second highest IPO in the history
of Nasdaq. In October last year when the Internet software firm went
public raising $234 million, all seventy employees at the firm became
millionaires; even a 19-year-old intern suddenly counted his wealth
in seven figures.
One of the ways we stay focused is to have all employees
write down what their goals are each quarter and indicate who they
depend on to help them meet those goals, said Akamais
CEO George Conrades. Its been quite effective so far.
People are surprised to find out who relies on them to reach their