Monthly Archives: November 2010

RockMelt: is this the future of browsing?


Little has been known about stealth start-up RockMelt except that it’s a browser, specifically (and yet ambiguously) a “Facebook browser,” and it’s backed by browser godfather Marc Andreessen. Well, now RockMelt has crept out of the woodwork into a limited beta for Mac and Windows, and the world can get a peek at it.

RockMelt is indeed a “Facebook browser,” if only because Facebook is the social-media service that’s best integrated into it at launch. It’s clear that ultimately the browser’s team plans to make it more customizable with other services. The ultimate goal, you could say, is revamping the traditional browser many of the Web-browsing behaviors that have popped up in the past few years–social-media sharing, Twitter clients, RSS alerts, and speedier search–and works them into an interface that aims for convenience rather than confusion. While it may still have too many bells and whistles for the average Web user, it’s likely to attract some curiosity from hardcore social-media users, obsessive multitaskers, and efficiency geeks who see an opportunity to cut down on the number of browser tabs and desktop applications that they may have open.

“We’re reinventing the browser for how people user the Web today, which is dramatically different from how people were using the Web only a few short years ago,” RockMelt co-founder Tim Howes told CNET.

First of all, you log in with Facebook Connect upon launching RockMelt. There’s a left sidebar of easy Facebook access, including a row of “top friends” that you can select, and you can drag or drop content from the main browser (like links or videos) to immediately share it with one of them in Facebook Chat. (Unfortunately, there is not yet support for other instant-messaging clients.)

Then, on the right side bar, is a customizable list of favorite sites and services, with yellow indicators to tell you when there’s new content from a blog you read or the people you follow on Twitter. There’s a browser button to share content on Facebook or Twitter (and more services to come); the company even has its own URL shortener,

The search box at the top is also different than your average browser’s. It loads up a list of results in a drop-down menu, and begins “preloading” all of them so that you can flip back and forth between individual results at maximum speed.

“It changes the way you search because it makes it so much faster and so much lighter-weight,” co-founder Eric Vishria explained.

The term “social browser” has been thrown about before, namely three years ago with the launch of Flock, a Firefox-based browser loaded with a dizzying number of social features. RockMelt certainly looks a lot cleaner. Built on Chromium, the foundation of Google Chrome, it aims to be fast, too.

Will people actually switch over to it? Vishria raised a statistic that in the past three years, 500 million people have switched browsers, so that getting them to switch again may be less difficult than it sounds.

RockMelt employs about 30 people, has been in the works for two years, and has raised about $10 million in funding from the Andreessen Horowitz venture firm as well as other investors like Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital and ubiquitous angel investor Ron Conway.

And its odd, vaguely geology-evoking name? It “came out of a three-week brainstorming sesion where we had a million different names,” Howes said. Added Vishria: “Easy to spell, easy to remember, and the domain was available.”
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VACANCY: Senior Implementation Consultant

Our client, an established leader in I.T. solutions based in Malta, is currently seeking to recruit a Senior Implementation Consultant, principally focusing on their financial software packages.

The main responsibilities include the provision of business consulting, analysing and documenting customer requirements, mapping customer requirements to software functionality, designing and configuring systems and providing pre-sales support.  The selected person would be based in Malta however she/he would be required to travel on projects to North Africa and Middle East.

The iseal candidate should have:

  • Excellent accounting background. Possession of ACCA or an equivalent qualification is not a requirement but considered an asset
  • Previous experience in consulting and implementing financial systems
  • Display sound leadership and communication skills
  • Sound command of written and spoken English
  • Workable experience in project management

If you are interested in this position and would like to work in a highly professional dynamic environment, you are kindly requested to send your CV to Phil at

VACANCIES: Tax Advisors

Our client is a leading law firm based in Malta with a substantial international client base and a predominantly corporate and commercial practice focusing mainly on financial services.

Due to continuous growth they are now seeking the services of highly motivated and professional Tax Advisors to join an already established team of 5 Associates.

Forming part of our Tax Practice Group, the successful candidate will join a team of accountants and lawyers servicing a large portfolio of clients to provide tax advisory services in respect to direct & indirect tax lawand cross border tax driven structures.

This post offers a wide international exposure to the right candidate who should be in possession of post-graduate specialization in taxation or two year’s prior experience in a similar position.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a tax specialist possessing the following requisites:

* A legal or accountancy degree with specialisation in tax
* Commercial awareness and client oriented focus
* 2 to 3 years experience in a similar position

Interested applicants should send their CV in word format along with a detailed covering letter to Manuela at

All applications will be acknowledged and treated in confidence.

Vacancies in Corporate Governance & Regulatory

Our client is a leading law firm in Malta with a substantial international client base and a predominantly corporate and commercial practice focusing mainly on financial services.

Due to continuous growth they are now seeking the services of highly motivated Corporate & Regulatory professionals to join an already established team.

The firm is seeking individuals with experience and qualifications in administration and governance of companies including company secretarial functions. Applicants must have knowledge and expertise in the field of Financial Services regulation and complience and at least 2 years experience in a similar role.

Interested applicants should send their CV in word format along with a detailed covering letter to Manuela at

All applications will be acknowledged and treated in confidence.

VACANCY: Buyer (Electronics)

Our client is a global leader in the manufacturing of electronic products and is seeking to recruit a Buyer (Electronics) to join its team of buyers in its facility in Malta.

This is a leadership position and the Buyer (Electronics) will be a front line contributor in the drive for enhancing our client’s bottom line performance.

The Buyer (Electronics)  will be responsible for the selection and development of strong sources of supply and to establish long term suppliers in the electronics industry.

The objective of the role is to identify, assess, contract and manage the commodity base in line with objectives on cost, quality, delivery, base reduction, agreement targets and risk management.

This shall also involve the processing of engineering enquiries to selected suppliers, the evaluation of quotes and recommendations through the determination of such factors as lead time, market conditions, prices, and discounts offered, as well as the selection of suppliers in line with the Purchasing Strategy.

The Buyer (Electronics) will also be expected to develop LCC sources, establish aggressive year on year cost reduction through partnership and consolidation of commodity base, negotiate terms, pricing and establish contracts.

Our client is looking for a person with the ability to lead all purchasing activity within the commodity base of suppliers.

The role will have a strong focus on operational improvement and team working. The Buyer (Electronics) will manage the core team members from sourcing on all released programs, coordinating all purchasing related activities according to the set timing plan for the program.

Furthermore, the Buyer (Electronics) will have the ability to improve performance through the use of management and strong communication skills, maintaining a healthy commercial relationship with the supply base whilst contributing to its development.


1. Technical diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively at all levels within the organisation.

3.  Be ready to take up challenges and capable of working under pressure to meet challenging targets within specific deadlines.

4.  Ability to prioritise and complete work assignments by specific deadlines, being self driven and motivated through focus on goal attainment.

5.  Personal qualities of drive, energy, enthusiasm and perseverance.

6. Ability to analyse data using MS Office tools.

An excellent salary will be offered to the selected candidate for this role. If this role is your next career move then please send your CV to Phil at .