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Tech Hub up and running
New website launches for tech groups large and small

08/10/17
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



 New Hampshire’s growing technology-based economy has marched forward with many parallel organizations designed to help that tech ecosystem thrive with advocacy, events and spaces for startups to incubate. Now, a new website, nhtechhub.com, combines all the local tech news, meetups, events and job listings in a single place.

“We have a lot of great tech in New Hampshire. We have technologists, tech employers, tech events. However, we haven’t really had, as a statewide resource, one place to keep track of it all,” said Joshua Cyr, the founder of NH Tech Hub.
Cyr is well-connected in the local tech scene. Currently, he’s the director of the startup accelerator program at Alpha Loft in Manchester. And Cyr says he is constantly getting phone calls from businesses looking for freelance or full-time employees, or from tech workers who are looking to move to the state and need a job.
Even after he launched the site on Monday, July 24, he had three people reach out to him that very same day, not knowing the site existed, looking for skilled employees or a job.
“That really helped solidify in my mind that there was a market need here in New Hampshire for that,” Cyr said.
His site provides a listing of tech jobs from local employers, a resource directory of local businesses, local tech news he curates and links to primary source articles, events organized by groups like the NH High Tech Council or Live Free and Start, and smaller meetups for Wordpress or Salesforce professionals or indie video game developers. 
“There’s other websites and resources that do this in other parts of the country but not for New Hampshire,” Cyr said.
Currently, the site has news articles about a Portsmouth retail store that will only accept cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Upcoming events on the site include a Manchester recap of the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco on Aug. 14 and a meet and greet organized by the local chapter of the International Game Developers Association in Manchester on Aug. 29.
One of the most unique features is the job listings and freelance directory. Cyr, who previously worked as a tech freelancer, said a person can make a decent living bouncing from gig to gig, which can include things like sprucing up a company website or signing up for a six-month development contract.
Freelancers can list their info on the site for free but employers pay a “moderate fee” for listing their openings. The for-profit site also makes money from ads.
Cyr said it’s easy for people to get stuck in their own little bubble, but with a site like this, a software developer who is more familiar with the app scene in Manchester may stumble into the biotech scene in the Seacoast or vice versa.
“Inherent in every network is sort of the limited bias of our own network,” Cyr said. “A project like this helps broaden that network and awareness.”
Cyr isn’t ruling out organizing some events of his own down the road, but this is a side project for him. He said he still has a day job and not enough bandwidth to do that yet.
“I’ve organized tech conferences on cruise ships in the past. I enjoy that sort of stuff,” Cyr said. 





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