On a handout provided at the “How to Hire Developers in a Competitive Market” workshop a few weeks ago, a long list of descriptors attempted to serve up some insight into the psyche of developers. Among the more typical dev stereotypes like “tenacious” and “innovative” were more specific terms, like “sensitive BS detector” and “anti-establishment.” Oddly missing from the list were “Kegerator obsession” and “distaste for donning footwear.”
But we’ll get to that.
Much like unicorns or rent-controlled apartments, software engineers are a rare, fascinating breed. Many are sensitive to sunlight, only wear hoodies and boast a blood composition of 90 percent Mountain Dew. Unencumbered by emotional irrationality, they operate primarily on logic, using highly complicated algorithmic equations to make even the simplest of decisions, like which sushi place to order from. They are obsessive, strange and brilliant, and they make some of the most beloved products in our modern world.
Yesterday, we noted that—following in Odd Future’s lead—yet another “hot” rap act has dropped a reference to Tumblr in one of his songs: critical darling (and Kanye West signee) Pusha-T, who used Tumblr as a slag of sorts on another up-and-coming rapper. Well, today, a Tumblr employee notes a track of yet another much-discussed up-and-coming rapper (who also happens to work as a prime-time TV star when he’s not rapping) whose recent track lays down love—or a form of it—for the social network/microblogging platform.
The fast-growing design-centric superdiscount site Fab.com, which executed a double pivot, is up to 90 employees and growing revenue at 33 percent per month, CEO Jason Goldberg told Betabeat. With head hunters poking around all the bigger startups in the city, that’s a lot of employees to hide. But Mr. Goldberg isn’t losing sleep over having his employees poached. “We’re a hot company,” he told Betabeat. “We’re growing really fast. We’ve had a number of companies who are trying to recruit some of our team members. When someone on my team gets 10 calls from a recruiter a week, we think they should feel flattered.”
What tipping point is represented when your startup and/or social network is being referenced by some of the most popular rappers being listened to at the moment?
Everyone in tech keeps griping about this “massive bubble,” but I’ve been thinking: Bubbles are like, little effervescent miracles of water, sudsiness and the breath of life. That sounds awesome! A bubble is a metaphor for a thing that is good, weightless, shiny and carefree, not something for bloggers to moan and groan about
. Well, not this blogger!
A rare moment of sweetness from the swag-talking Tyler the Creator of the rap collective Odd Future: “Back In October I Met The Girl i Want To Marry. Still Havent Found Her,” he tweeted this weekend, linking to a dim cell phone photo of a pretty girl sitting at a small round table Read More