Skilled developers are Silicon Valley's scarcest resource. With big companies throwing around giant salaries and startups competing fiercely for talent, the technical ability to build what they envision is often a make-or-break issue for new ventures.
When the industry she knew started going to the dogs, Lesley Bowers decided to follow suit. After 20 lucrative years in radio sales -- at her peak, she doubled her $100,000 salary with a bonus --she began tiring of the pressure. "It was becoming too bottom-line driven," she says.
For 12 years, Georgia Dunston and Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu have been trying to figure out why African-American men develop prostate cancer at an earlier age and are twice as likely to die from it than any other group in the United States.
Tora Burns leads her classroom with an infectious smile, patiently teaching her young pupils about the benefits of recycling -- and then a catchy little tune to try out at home with their siblings and parents.
As Max Robinson stood before a group of Howard University students and alumni in 1988, he implored them to never, ever lose their credibility and integrity because as a journalist, he said, "In the end, that's all you've got."
Editor's note: Campus Vibe is a weekly feature that provides student perspectives on the 2004 election from selected colleges across the United States. This week's contributor is Ruth L. Tisdale, the campus editor at The Hilltop, the student newspaper of Howard University in Washington. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of CNN, its affiliates or Howard University.