Monthly Archives: July 2013

My name is James and I work for Mozy

We’ve had so much fun introducing our team members to you that this month we’ve chosen someone who has been with Mozy for quite a few years. His tenure with the company has allowed him unique insight to the change that Mozy has gone through – both as a company and the culture within the company. Allow me to introduce you to James Jolley. James oversees our Affiliate and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) programs. He provides support for our Affiliates and ensures they are well taken care of and the partnerships remain positive. As the SEO Manager, James also provides incredible insight and direction for where we strategically place ourselves online.

My name is James and I work for Mozy

I define my workspace as …

After five years with the company you would think I would have dolled up my cubicle but I haven’t. Therefore, I would define my workspace as a place where my computer and I reside for a few hours a day – it’s not much more than that.

A device I can’t live without …jack
The device that provides the world with Mountain Dew.
Author’s note: I can safely say that James has tried every single Mountain Dew product or spin-off, including Mtn. Dew lip balm. Saying that he loves Mtn. Dew is an understatement.

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Answering emails and getting caught up on relevant marketing blogs.

My work routine is …
Get caught up on emails. Then depending on the day I’ll work on one of our five Affiliate programs or our sites for SEO efforts.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
It’s hard for me to focus in a cubicle environment where you can hear every conversation and as a result, I do listen to music. Noise cancelling headphones playing Chopin or Dave Matthews Band and I’m set for the day!

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Don’t get frustrated because most of what you end up doing won’t be covered in college. Take one day at a time and build a solid foundation. Allow yourself at least one hour a day at work to increase your knowledge base.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
I’ve recently become an avid road cyclist. I’m fortunate (as well as my coworkers) that Mozy has showers so that I can ride into work during the summer. I also really like learning about U.S. history – from the beginnings of Plymouth and Jamestown to the end of WWII.

My eating habits are …
…getting better. I’m trying to eat out less and making healthier choices besides the annual gorge on Girl Scout cookies.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
Curator/Director for Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. I spent a whole day (the guard had to kick me out) at that museum and was only able to get through two of the three floors. Going behind the scenes to see what they have but don’t show would be amazing.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
I guess would be my ability to keep cool in stressful situations. I also try to learn something about everything so that I don’t have to avoid any conversation where I don’t have anything in common with the other person.

Online Careers: What a Workforce of 1 Billion Means

Online Careers: What a Workforce of 1 Billion MeansA new study of the freelance workforce tells us that there are close to one billion freelancers and that number is growing.

And what’s driving that phenomenon? Productivity, competition for high-quality talent, and reduced hiring frictions.

All of this may be paving paving the way for a future full of “yes” when it comes to small-business employers. Freelance professionals are enjoying fresh attention in 2013.

“What is clear is that online freelancing appears to be an answer to worker happiness in terms of increased flexibility and quality of life, as well as to increased financial independence,” according to an annual impact report recently released by Elance. From what’s driving freelance and business choices to how those decisions are affecting bottom lines — here are some highlights of the study.

1. High Quality Talent Is an Attractor: In the past year alone, there has been a 153% increase in freelancers online with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That means that employers are increasingly likely get used to searching for the right individuals with the right skillsets in the digital space. The longer that goes, on the more entrenched the concept will become.

2. Online Workers Like Their Independence: Sixty-nine percent that answered the survey said they were happier when freelancing versus working in a traditional onsite job. The average freelancer estimates they have 28 more personal days than they did working in a corporate environment. This is another recipe for keeping the online workforce of 1 billion at those numbers or better. Appealing work environments bring new participants. That’s just intuitive.

3. Small-business Owners Perceive Online Searches as a Competitive Edge. Hiring freelance talent to fill part-time needs suggests a competitive edge to 85% of companies, the study said.

4. Reduced Hiring Friction Helps Bottom Lines: According to a new measure of Labor Department data, the average hiring time under traditional methods is 23 days. That’s time and effort on the part of HR, and that’s lost or negatively affected productivity when a position is left open. By some measures, the survey suggests that online hiring can shave that turnaround to just 3.3 days. There isn’t a small-business owner on the planet who’d balk at that, if the skills and experience of the candidate selected are as solid as anyone hired under the old way.

If bottom lines go down for the employer, and incomes increase for those freelancers getting hired, then the future of this new way of thinking about workers and job fulfillment stands to become more and more the norm in 2014 and beyond.

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – July 1

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features an electric car that can go 186 MPH, video on Instagram, and the FAA considering more lenient rules on using electronics during flights. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

Nissan Announces the World’s Fastest Electronic Car


Imagine cruising around in this beauty. It’s the Nissan ZEOD RC, the world’s fastest electric car, able to travel at a speed of 186 MPH. The next stop for the ZEOD RC (“zero-emmissions on-demand racing car”) will be next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race, reports Charlie White of Mashable.The car uses the same lithium-ion batteries as the Nissan Leaf, another electric car made by the automaker. Nissan plans to test out several combinations of electric motors and gasoline engines before the car takes to the race track in 2014.

Good News for Frequent Flyers: Some Electronics May Be Allowed During Takeoff and Landing

The FAA is looking into easing its restrictions on in-flight gadget use, reports Sara Gates of the Huffington Post. This may take some time, however, because current FAA rules state that before a gadget can be approved for use the airline must test each iteration of a device on each type of plane. Last year a panel of experts was assembled to review the current rules and regulations and plans to release its report in late September. Currently the FAA allows certain devices, like tablets and iPods, once the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet. Although the FAA is hopeful that it may be able to ease some of the restrictions, it looks like full use of mobile phones will still be prohibited.

Instagram Launches 15-Second Video Feature


Popular photo-sharing social network Instagram now lets users share video as well.Video On Instagram allows users to create 15-second videos to share on the site. It includes simple editing capabilities and 13 new filters created just for video. Video On Instagram is available on both iOS and Android and is aimed to increase the company’s already impressive numbers of 130 million monthly users, 16 billion shared photos, and over a billion “likes.” The launch comes at the heels of Vine, the Twitter-owned app that lets users share 6-second videos, which launched earlier this year.

Tablet Shipments to Increase by 68 Percent this Year

A recent study by Gartner shows that the tech industry is alive and well, with shipments of tablets, smartphones and PCs expected to increase by 6 percent worldwide this year. According to CNET, the main reason for the increase in shipment percentage is due to the massive amount of tablets being sold. Tablet shipments alone will jump 68 percent to 202 million–plenty of make up for the lag in PC shipments (desktops and laptops), which will drop 10.6 percent to 305 million. Meanwhile mobile phone sales are still huge and will increase by 4.3 percent to 1.8 billion.