For mid-December, there sure does seem to be a whole lot going on around these here tech parts.
First, on the investing front, Apple is reported to be considering a $1B investment in Japanese Internet and telecommunications giant, SoftBank Group Corp’s SoftBank Vision fund. The fund is slated to start next year and intends to raise some $100B to invest in emerging technologies ranging from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple and SoftBank have “business ties stretching back nearly a decade,” and it was SoftBank that was the exclusive seller of iPhones when it first went on sale in Japan in 2008.
And tomorrow, President-elect Donald Trump is bringing several technology executives together to solicit recommendations on how tech companies can help the government run more efficiently.
But Recode’s Kara Swisher warns against expecting a “fairy tale ending” from the meeting. “Welcome to the brave new world, which is neither brave nor new. But it’s now the world we live in, in which it’s Trump who is the disrupter and tech the disrupted.”
Putting all that disruption aside for a moment, if you’re in the market for an IT gig, a recent report from Janco Associates suggests some good news is on the horizon: an expected uptick next year for IT-related hiring.
Citing likely Trump administration policies that include proposed tax cuts and indications of reduced regulations, Janco’s own chief executive, Victor Janulaitis, expects a total of 281 job titles in its latest guide to corporate IT jobs, up from 273 this past January.