I’ve talked to more than two dozen engineers looking for jobs in the past 8-weeks. I’ve seen some incredible things. One is that talented yet unproven college grads are getting offers from $120,000k to $180,000 (?!?). This has been inappropriately inflated due to competition in the Valley. Another friend literally went 4-days before getting a huge unsolicited offer. Smells fishy.This was also confirmed by a Sand Hill friend who adds that Valley companies are looking outside the Valley to meet their needs saying ”If you’re not Facebook or Twitter right now good luck getting the top guys.” Some companies are looking to build offices in nearby locations like Portland and SLC where the opportunities are less competitive and talent comes cheaper.
Sure, Silicon Valley is the center of the venture capital universe. But good luck staffing your start-up. This is a huge opportunity for the smaller innovation markets such as Pittsburgh, which looks to be a cost effective alternative to the scene in New York. I suppose Philadelphia will get first crack as the site of geographic arbitrage.
I've noticed Google (Mountain View) sniffing around my blog the last few days, spending hours looking at this and this. Sparing you the click through, one post covers talent as currency and the other maps the economic geography. The takeaway is a focus on where the talent is produced and its employment destination. These are lines of connectivity to be exploited when inmigration starts to break down. That pipeline is now a two-way street.