Thought Vivek Wadhwa put a well written piece on TechCrunch today on the shortage of Engineers in Silicon Valley. His bullet point analysis of the “why” we have a problem is spot-on, in my opinion. In particular, at some point, growing tech companies are going to have to learn how to hire and train engineers straight out of college. Most don’t today, opting to pay higher comp rates for engineers that are already trained and ready to hit the ground running. This has traditionally made sense, but the shortage is surely causing some hiring managers and executives to rethink this strategy (I met with a company in Boston last week that is recruiting engineers straight out of MIT undergrad).
Other roles that seem to have a large mismatch between demand (high) and supply (low), especially in the cloud and consumer internet spaces: VP Product and VP Sales.
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