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.

Why I can’t work at Google

Since I decided to go into web search, I immediately applied to Google. Along the way, the same question came up over and over “Who do you know at Google?”

The three hottest hires in Silicon Valley

SEO director, growth product manager, and UI designer are three essential job functions that will be hard to fill in 2013. Here’s why they matter — and who the top people are in each field.

hiring with diversity of culture

Hire people who annoy you

If you build a team that looks alike, thinks alike, and wears the same shoes, you will get group-think and generate only one answer. You then have to hope it’s the right one.

3 tips for hiring

3 tips to keep in mind when hiring for your startup

When you’re the leader of a startup, deciding it’s time to hire brings on mixed emotions. On the one hand, hiring new employees means new talent and fresh ideas, and it’s perhaps the most visible sign of success, or at least traction, for your company. On the other, it means ceding a bit more control, which can be difficult, to say the least.

value and payoff of interns

Converting interns to hires has big payoffs

Hiring incredible talent, notably engineers, has become a crushingly hard challenge for most startup founders. While hiring seems like a good problem (you’re growing), try searching for a new Ruby engineer for six months, while your traffic takes off, feedback emails flood in, and product development grinds to a halt.

Why you need to hire A-Players

What’s one exceptional employee worth? A lot — just ask Zuck

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg famously commented that a great engineer is worth a 100 average engineers (something every developer knows deep in their heart). He was talking about A-players, and in my opinion the worst thing any startup can do is accept less than the best and brightest.