Insights for technology professionals

Making Your Customers Your Best Friends

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Jack Trompert

Establishing processes to ensure that youre providing what your customers need, when they need it, in a way that makes them want to continue doing business with you seems like a no-brainer for most companies, right? Its just good business.

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Your Business Relationships Hinge on Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Jack Trompert

Ian C. MacMillan, an innovation and entrepreneurship professor at Wharton, says “For most companies, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is PR. It looks good. It sounds good. It’s the ‘right’ thing to do— and it gets the media out of their face.” 

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Preventing a Shortage of STEM Professionals with Education

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Jack Trompert

Texas Instruments and Sanford Research have partnered to create new activities for parents and teachers. They hope to encourage students to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Called “STEM Behind Health,” the new activities were developed by medical experts and researchers within and outside of TI. They are now available online at

Kids often lose their drive to study math and science because they don’t see how they would apply the learning. Has your kid ever asked you why they need to study algebra or biology? You may remember asking those questions yourself. It’s often difficult to give concrete examples of the real-world reasons to study these subjects. STEM Behind Health activities aim to get kids engaged in the subjects through real life examples.

For instance, STEM Behind Health shows examples of how biologists are working to find a cure for cancer. This real-world application gives students a context for their studies. The activities are accessible from any device that supports the TI-Nspire platform, including TI calculators and the Nspire app for iPad.

Middle and high school students and teachers looking for a challenging and interesting activity should check out “Managing a Critical Ratio.” In this activity, students learn about why insulin replacement is necessary for diabetes patients. While doing this, they'll get to explore the intersection of math and science disciplines.

Many experts project a shortage of STEM professionals for the near future. That is why TI and Sanford Health are taking a proactive approach to try to solve this issue. They’re trying to plant the seeds, nurture interest, and guide students to consider a future in STEM careers.

“From nurses and doctors to technicians and therapists, a solid understanding of math and science is critical in improving the well-being of all people. Together with TI, we are committed to getting students interested in STEM subjects and filling the pipeline for future careers in medicine,” said Dave Pearce, president of Sanford Research.

This program will please parents and teachers alike by providing engaging educational activities. Students will feel empowered by seeing real-world applications for what they’re learning in their textbooks. When students understand the challenges the world faces, they may feel inspired to continue their STEM studies. With STEM Behind Health, TI and Sanford Research aim to help students develop interest in finding innovative solutions to these big problems in the future.

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Imagining the Future Auto Mechanic: How Technology is Changing Jobs

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Jack Trompert

This morning I had an experience most of you probably find familiar. As I turned on my car, a couple of lights came on to let me know my car needed service. With the help of the car's internal technology, I was alerted that my car needed a “C” scheduled service, the brakes needed attention, and my tires needed more air to accommodate the coming cold weather. I made an appointment with my mechanic and then started to wonder how his job's changed in recent years and how it stands to change even more as auto technology evolves over the next few years.  

Our work at Talent 101 has given us a glimpse into some of the changes to come. We've had the good fortune to work with companies in the automotive industry to provide development and testing services for the semiconductor technology they use.  

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How LinkedIn Groups Can Help You Boost Your Semiconductor Career

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Nick Trompert

LinkedIn is no longer a tool for the savviest of job seekers. A LinkedIn presence has become a basic necessity for anyone with career aspirations. While there was a time when simply having a LinkedIn profile could help set an ambitious person apart from the competition, now it's important to take some extra steps to get a professional leg up using LinkedIn.

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LinkedIn Guide for Semiconductor Professionals

Posted on December 27, 2013 by Jack Trompert

The semiconductor business is a dynamic marketplace and the market could grow as much as 15% in 2014 as forecasted by World Semiconductor Trades Statistics (WSTS).

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How Students can take advantage of LinkedIn University

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Nick Trompert

LinkedIn recently announced LinkedIn University Pages which is a new section of the social network site dedicated to building professional networks. One of the key functions of LinkedIn University is to provide a resource for high school students who are making the important decision of where they want to attend college. It also provides current students with the ability to connect with alumni and employers to apply for internships and full time positions.

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Why You Should Be an Engineering Major

Posted on July 1, 2013 by Nick Trompert

For many years, college has been seen as the path to a brighter future. That mantra still applies, but since the onset of the recent recession, it comes with more qualifiers. According to the College Board, students attending public schools are typically leaving college with over $20,000 in debt. Those who choose to splurge on a private college are stuck with over $40,000 to pay back. If those numbers seem hard to wrap your head around before graduation, they’ll seem especially staggering when you start getting the bills.

College debt is a very big issue that should be taken into consideration when you’re planning your future, but it doesn’t need to be a deterrent for getting a college education. Even though the job market for graduates is competitive, it’s still better for those with a college education than it is for those without. You can increase your odds considerably by thinking carefully about the decisions you make in college that will help you find profitable work once you finish.

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What You Need to Know About Social Media As a College Student

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Nick Trompert

For most college students, social media sites are a common destination in between classes, and maybe occasionally during them as well. While you may be confident your comfort in using social media goes well beyond that of most businesspeople, have you really started thinking seriously yet about how social media can be used to influence your job prospects after graduation?

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Steve Jobs on Startup Hiring

Posted on January 19, 2011 by Jack Trompert

The other day someone came across an old interview of Steve Jobs from 1998. He was being interviewed about how he views top talent and how they spend their time at Apple going after them. Here's a notable quote he has about how startups have to focus even more on hiring great people than large companies do:

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