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If things are so bad, why are things looking good?

Posted by ronhitchens on May 25, 2004 at 12:28 AM PDT

Offshoring accelerating, layoffs left and right, doom, gloom, oh me, oh my.

And yet, I just landed a terrific job at a great startup (thanks Jason). The work's interesting, I'm learning lots of new stuff and the people there are top-knotch.

I'm starting to get nuisance email solicitations from recruiters again. My independent consultant friends are complaing that they've got too much work. Things generally seem to be hopping. Is it just me or is there a larger shift taking place?

Have things turned around in Silicon Valley? Has the tech market finally begun another up cycle? Is it a dead cat bounce? The quickening of the stream before plunging over the precipice?

My instinct tells me that something's up -- that currents are flowing below the surface. Whether that means a sea-change for the better, choppy sailing or a tsunami approaching over the horizon, I can't be sure. But I do believe that life in Silicon Valley is about to get interesting once again.

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