The Desperate State of NYC Tech Recruiting

A rather notorious New York venture capitalist asked me to come by his office a few weeks ago but wouldn’t tell me the agenda for the meeting. I’m by no means looking for a job, any job, as I am pretty comfortable sitting on my ass making dumb shit all day. This guy’s reputation proceeded him so I said why the hell not hear what he had to say. Blah blah blah two hours later and I’m being propositioned for a position as a staff programmer in a language I don’t even know. I’m not a programmer. I can put some together with code and make it work, but I’m the last guy you want to hire to be a “programmer.” They were adamant that they would send me to a school to learn said language and when I was done I’d start immediately on their product.

Then the real pitch came…the guy says to me “look around, you could have all this” as he pointed at a flat panel tv and an xbox 360. “We even have a segway in the lobby and take company field trips sometimes.” Do people still go into offices and go “OH MY GOD THIS PLACE HAS A PING PONG TABLE!!! I AM IN HEAVEN!!!!”? I mean seriously is this how people are hiring at startups in New York or was this a particularly sad example?

  1. haasienda reblogged this from deleteyourself and added:
    No developer worth their salt should ever need to use a recruiter. I get non-stop email from ‘em and I try to be polite,...
  2. theselfcallednowhere said: I’m not in the business at all but I would guess that every tech company / startup now feels like they have to compete with Google and their free food, nap pods, treadmill desks, etc. It’s just that no one actually can.
  3. khuyi reblogged this from caterpillarcowboy
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  5. l0wlevel0wl reblogged this from dannorton and added:
    relevant. sort of.
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  7. noahkalina said: come work for me. i have a ping pong table. i just can’t pay you
  8. dannorton reblogged this from deleteyourself and added:
    read: The Desperate State of Tech Recruiting EVERYWHERE
  9. demarko said: That was a particularly sad example
  10. caterpillarcowboy reblogged this from deleteyourself and added:
    Dying to know who this might be.
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