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Trump’s Tech Tariffs Are Awesome, for Southeast Asia

Original article published by Bloomberg Opinion can be seen here.   Written by Tim Culpan, Bloomberg columnist covering technology Donald Trump may well be the best thing that’s happened to Southeast Asia’s humble electronics industry in quite a while. Relatively small, and frankly not as sexy as their North Asia cousins, makers of components and devices with factories dotted around the region may get some time in the spotlight thanks to the U.S. administration’s decision last month to levy an additional 25 percent import tax on 818 separate items from China. Assembly of name-brand gadgets like Apple Inc.’s iPhones tends [...]

By |2018-11-14T01:55:23-06:00August 3rd, 2018|

I have a calculator but I’m not an accountant: the case for outsourcing

By Stephanie Lyon, Business Development Consultant, Stratus.hr I have a calculator and pencils on my desk, a spreadsheet on my computer, a short stack of ledger paper in a drawer somewhere, and a working knowledge of how to pay for things. I’d be a great accountant, right? Wrong. I’m missing one thing -- skills. Make that two things -- I’m also missing the desire to be an accountant. Truthfully, there’s no one who would disagree with me. Yes, I can balance my checkbook, but If I were working as an accountant, I’d be slow, make mistakes, hate my job and [...]

By |2018-07-06T11:45:04-06:00July 6th, 2018|

President & CEO John Knotwell’s Annual Members Meeting Remarks

2017 was a year of transition for UTC, yet we still gathered the community together for more than 50 professional development and networking events, put on an enviable and record breaking Hall of Fame Event where we were pleased to hear from global tech giant Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. Our public policy team achieved 12 out of 12 objectives at this year’s legislative general session - with initiatives targeted at strengthening our workforce, expanding the talent ready grant program, and paving the way for strategic funding for SheTech, Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, and First Robotics. Throughout the last 7 months, [...]

By |2018-04-26T11:10:05-06:00April 26th, 2018|

Are you Business Equality Leader certified?

There are several challenges employers face when recruiting new talent to Utah. Potential LGBTQ recruits may question if the Beehive State will truly welcome and embrace them. Equality Utah is the state’s premier LGBTQ advocacy organization. For seventeen years, we’ve been working to secure equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns and their families. In 2015, we passed historic legislation to include LGBTQ residents in the state’s nondiscrimination employment and housing laws. We proved that, even in Utah, we can advance LGBTQ rights by finding common ground with our neighbors. We are here to bring that same spirit to Silicon [...]

By |2018-04-17T08:38:59-06:00April 17th, 2018|

How Two Skyline High Students Saved Their School

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Twin 16-year-old brothers Kanishka, left, and Vikrant Ragula, seniors at Skyline, created a marketing campaign that helped get the bond passed that will rebuild their high school. By Paul Rolly This is a previously published article of the Salt Lake Tribune. To read the original article, click here The recent voter approval of a $238 million bond for Granite School District to rebuild some outdated schools and renovate and improve several others came after a hard-fought campaign. But outside of the politics and the public debates between well-funded factions on both [...]

By |2018-04-03T10:00:13-06:00April 3rd, 2018|

Computer Science In Every Utah Classroom Becoming A Reality

Media Statement For Immediate Release: March 15, 2018 Contact: Elizabeth Converse, Director of Strategic Communication Utah Technology Council 801-835-7087 | econverse@utahtech.org Computer Science In Every Utah Classroom Becoming A Reality Salt Lake City - John Knotwell, President and CEO of the Utah Technology Council, was appointed to the State Board of Education’s 2018 Computer Science Task Force today, along with other industry, education and political leaders. The Task Force is charged with proposing solutions to increase access to computer science in rural schools and underserved populations, as well as evaluate and strengthen current programs. Knotwell responded to the appointment, saying, [...]

By |2018-03-20T10:08:37-06:00March 20th, 2018|

What the Parity Pledge means to Homie

We hire who we know, and relationships start with conversations At Homie, we believe in grass roots, transparency, and disrupting ineffective establishments. Having battled an entrenched industry for the past two years, we’ve come to believe that large and successful change efforts start, not with those in power, but with conversations among friends. Change doesn’t happen when a leader announces a plan. Change begins deep inside a system, when a few people notice something they will no longer tolerate, or respond to a dream of what’s possible. The parity pledge is such a conversation, a way for people who have [...]

By |2018-01-03T11:55:37-06:00January 3rd, 2018|
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