Professional Development (April 2013)

LivingSocial moves past layoffs

In a capital city known for its politicians, lobbyists and government bureaucrats, LivingSocial stands out, with its tech start-up vibe and cool-factor ambitions. The company was founded in 2007 as “Hungry Machine.” After a couple of app ventures and acquisitions, it morphed into what is now known as LivingSocial, with more than 4,500 employees worldwide. The first deal was featured on July 26, 2009, with the D.C. restaurant Zengo.

LivingSocial’s vice president of human resources, Carol Mahoney, spoke to The Hill about what it takes to work at the company, how LivingSocial pushed past a round of layoffs and the need for tech talent.

America’s growing necessity: Educated workers

As more and more jobs are becoming available in the areas of science, mathematics and technology in the United States, the problem is finding qualified workers to fill the open positions.

College grads feel limited by debt

Last year, Nii-Quartelai Quartey, 29, sat in the living room of his mentor, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.).