Alley vs. Valley

Pro-Tip from Silicon Valley: Skip the Hipsters and ‘Hire More Fat Guys Who Know C++’


Look around your office. What do you see? A bunch of trim, friendly dudes in plaid shirts idling at standing desks, tweeting @coworkers, and interacting with other humans IRL? If so, that needs to be rectified. Immediately, advises┬áMichael E. Driscoll, CEO and cofounder of Metamarkets and founder of Dataspora. On Mr. Driscoll’s blog recently, he extolled the benefits of staffing up from “The Secret Guild of Silicon Valley.”

Mr. Driscoll’s hiring theory was inspired by the wisdom of a friend, LinkedIn engineer Jay Kreps who tweeted, “Startup advice overheard: you have too many hipsters, you won’t scale like that. Hire some fat guys who know c++.” Read More