Know any GOOD developers we can hire?

That was the subject line of an mass email I received today. Not sure if GOOD is the same as rockstar or ninja developers, but yeah, this is the startup world.

The intention of the company hiring is (I’m guessing) great, but I just have to take a step back and sigh at how commonplace this is. Not picking on this company in particular at all, but the premise of a company expecting the workhorse of their talent pool to be unemployed, unconnected, highly talented and currently looking for a new boss is, well, comical.  Developers are very much so in the drivers seat right now and non technical founders are now having to compete and outbid not only small flailing startups (with a launch party) but bigger companies being just nimble and interesting enough to get top talent to accept their four foot wide checks.

When did giving someone a job become mockable?

As a sidenote: over the past few years I’ve helped ~95 people get jobs. Six of them wrote a thank you note. Quite a few of them said thanks in person. The majority of the placements I found out by seeing happy facebook posts or staff pages on websites.

Talent in startups, or just software, is broken. Is there a fix?





2 responses to “Know any GOOD developers we can hire?”

  1. Waylon Avatar

    Super interesting. I, like you, know a ton of folks and enjoy connecting folks, and jobs, and places to live, and such. And I’ve received maybe 20% thank yous to the ka-thosuands of favors, small and larger. Ah, community.

    To your first point, I’m one of those idiot companies that desperately needs a good, ongoing developer–we have one, he’s great, inspired, been with us for four years, but as the others you allude to he’s time limited and we need a complete redesign. I’m meeting with folks in person here in Boulder, and that seems to be more helpful than reaching out via email or blog posts.

  2. Dan Pierson Avatar

    I’ve been really impressed by your Boulder neighbors over at ReWork…

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