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  • The state of gaming in the capital region

    The Capital Regions’ software community continues to grow in everything from AI to local user groups. Gaming is yet another software industry on the rise in the region. Startups and large companies are choosing the capital region to build and grow their applications. We’ve interviewed three leaders from local gaming companies who are growing the capital regions’ gaming community; Taro Omiya from Omiya Games, Clarke Foley from PUBG MadGlory, and Jamey Stevenson from Tech Valley Game Space.

    Mar 18th, 2019

  • Supporting women in computing within the capital region

    The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come? Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.

    Mar 4th, 2019

  • A conversation with Ted Thien; VP and General Manager of Tyler Technologies

    Describe what it was like when Versatrans was acquired by Tyler? What was your role in the acquisition?   When you look at other technology acquisitions in the Capital District in the last decade, you won't find a better success story.  It has been more than 10 years since Versatrans became part of Tyler.  Since then, our client base has more than doubled, revenues have tripled, and the staff size has grown from 60 to 130 with employee attrition rates remaining in the single digits. And, nearly all of the staffing growth has occurred in our Latham office. We recently acquired, and are almost done renovating, a 43,000-square-foot building in Latham to accommodate our current and future growth. The success of Tyler’s Versatrans acquisition can be attributed to two things: Tyler's acquisition model and the cultural fit between the two companies. Tyler strategically acquires companies who are leaders in their space. Versatrans was the leader in K-12 transportation software in 2008 and we are still the leaders today. We still have the best technology, the largest client base with a 95 percent client retention rate, and the highest client satisfaction ratings. The cultural fit between Tyler and Versatrans was excellent from the start and continues to this day...

    Feb 12th, 2019

  • Local User Groups on the Rise

    A user group is defined as a group of people who have similar goals, interests, or concerns in both personal and business aspects of computing. Typically, members of these groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas, meet new people, and discuss the future of the technology the group is interested in.

    Jan 28th, 2019

  • A letter from the President

    New York Tech Loop wishes you much success for 2019 and beyond. For us we’re only half way through our first year and very excited to jump into 2019!

    Jan 23rd, 2019

  • College Visits by Local Software Professionals Yield Positive Results

    Software technology professionals recently completed a series of local college visits, giving computer science students an inside look at the industry, and the results are promising.

    Nov 20th, 2018

  • Capital Region Hiring Forecast Bright for Software Technology Employers

    Local technology companies anticipate filling a steady influx of job openings from now and well into 2019. According to the Fall 2018 Alaant Hiring Index, 58% of Capital Region employers have plans to increase their headcount into next year, a three percent increase compared to last year.

    Nov 8th, 2018

  • Pitch Your Business Idea at Startup Tech Valley

    The Tech Loop is filled with established software development companies that all started with an entrepreneur who had a vision of creating a better product or service. If you are in the early stages of developing your business, then pitching your concept to Startup Tech Valley can be a game changer.

    Nov 1st, 2018

  • DevFest Unites Capital Region Tech Community

    The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.

    Oct 16th, 2018

  • Tech Loop: Software Professionals Wanted for Local College Visits

    The NY Tech Loop is hitting the road for a series of Meet and Greet sessions with students at the computer science departments of several local colleges. Students in all class years will hear firsthand accounts from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies.

    Oct 3rd, 2018

  • Grace Hopper Tribute Event Helps Local Students Hone Tech Careers

    The University at Albany will host its first Grace Hopper tribute event, State of Grace, in late September, to celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

    Sep 19th, 2018

  • Tech Loop Hitting Road Again in September for College Job Fairs

    Take a look at a local job board and you’ll likely find openings for software-related positions in the Capital Region throughout the year. While it’s always nice to hire only experienced staff, you also need to invest in young, budding talent. Build them up and they will stay.

    Sep 6th, 2018

  • Capital Region Accelerators an Invaluable Resource for Entrepreneurs

    When you’re launching a business, most people agree the process is more enjoyable if you don’t have to do everything by yourself. That’s where an accelerator program comes into play.

    Aug 14th, 2018

  • Capital Region Shared Workspaces Gaining Appeal

    The Capital Region is brimming with successful entrepreneurs, freelancers and startup business professionals who are turning to the area’s shared workspaces in what’s becoming a popular trend.

    Aug 8th, 2018

  • SQL Saturday Conference in Albany Filled With Opportunities

    There’s a palpable buzz in the hallways outside the Lecture Centers at the University at Albany for the 5th annual SQL Saturday Conference.

    Jul 30th, 2018

  • Upcoming SQL Saturday Conference in Albany is a Hidden Gem

    The fifth annual SQL Saturday Conference is returning to the Capital Region at the University at Albany on July 28. The free, daylong event is ideal for SQL server professionals who want to level up their skills or anyone interested in learning about SQL server, business intelligence and analytics.

    Jul 23rd, 2018

  • Software Company Acquisitions Fuel Saratoga’s Strong Tech Presence

    Standing on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York there are ample reminders that horse racing largely defines this quaint town. What you may not realize is that there is a burgeoning software technology scene that has produced a string of recent acquisitions and a merger.

    Jul 19th, 2018

  • NY Tech Loop Co-Founder Behind Latest Software Startup Acquisition

    Serial entrepreneur Chris Thompson can add his startup company WorkOrder.es to the growing list of Capital Region software company acquisitions. WorkOrder.es, a mobile ticket-ordering platform was acquired in mid-June by Bixby, which provides comprehensive tenant portal solutions for real estate professionals.

    Jul 13th, 2018

Latest news

  • Albany, NY | 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live | Livability

    As the capital of New York, Albany has long been a hub of history, culture, art and more. Albany received an above-average rating in health, as the city is home to a number of hospitals (chief among them is St. Peters, which is considered high-performing in a number of advanced surgical procedures). Health education is also a focus for the city, with Albany Medical School producing two Nobel Prize winners and numerous leaders in medicine and research.

    Mar 18th, 2019 via https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/ny/albany

  • Gaming plays growing role among "Tech Valley" startups

    The Capital Region has earned its "Tech Valley" moniker by fostering a healthy growth ecosystem for start-ups. Increasingly, those start-ups are game development studios, according to a local entrepreneurial and venture capital expert. Rich Honen, a partner at the Phillips Lytle LLP firm, detailed the Capital Region's tech startup landscape, and what needs to happen to maintain the growth the industry has experienced, during the monthly Albany Roundtable meeting held Thursday afternoon at the University Club of Albany.

    Mar 15th, 2019 via https://m.timesunion.com/business/article/Gaming-to-take-over-Tech-Valley-startup-13685767.php

  • Candidates are asking for a little respect

    Dive Brief: Respect is a key driver of job satisfaction, according to newly revealed data from Monster's State of the Candidate Report. About 14% of job seekers surveyed said they didn't feel respected throughout their most recent job search. They said recruiters could have been more respectful by, among other things, telling candidates why they weren't advanced to the next stage in the recruiting process (32%); following up with candidates soon after an interview (31%); acknowledging receipt of applications (28%); and sending out timely rejection notices (23%).

    Mar 4th, 2019 via https://www.hrdive.com/news/candidates-are-asking-for-a-little-respect/549075/

  • Albany Can Code graduates largest class ever

    Albany Can Code graduated its largest class ever last Thursday, with 31 people earning their certificates in JavaScript Frameworks and Front End Web Development software coding through SUNY Schenectady.

    Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Albany-Can-Code-graduates-largest-class-ever-13549501.php

  • Troy-based start-up aims to combat online misinformation

    Imagine, for a second, that you're scrolling through the feed of your favorite social media network - headlines, articles, commentary, and memes rapidly careening down your screen. As you scroll, one link pops up: "Democrats Worried About Security for Super Bowl But Not About Security For Country!" — then another "White House Spokesman Refuses To Deny That Trump Directed Michael Cohen To Lie" — then another: "Michelle Obama Says She Plans To Run Against Trump in 2020 – With Barack As Her V.P.!"

    Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-based-start-up-aims-to-combat-online-13545125.php