Struggling to hire developers? Maybe it’s your fault.

We talk to a lot of company founders about recruiting, and their stories are all pretty similar: hiring great developers is hard, and it’s getting harder by the day. Most blame external forces–the talent shortage or competitors with deeper pockets–but in our experience very few point the finger where it truly belongs: right back at themselves.

Can Microsoft afford losing its Silicon Valley ambassador?

Microsoft has a sprawling campus in tech’s heartland, right by the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. It has thousands of employees in the Bay Area. But the departure of a high-profile evangelist once called the software giant’s “ambassador to Silicon Valley” raises questions about whether its strategy can work.