Insights and Opinions: Developers Are Tough To Find Again

Our Insights and Opinions article today is from Tony Karrer, CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, a Los Angeles Web Development firm, who gives some hints, tips, and observations about the increasing difficulty of finding technical talent in Los Angeles.

I'm seeing and hearing that it's becoming tough finding good developers again, at least here in Los Angeles. On Friday, at the LA CTO Forum, I heard from a couple of CTOs having trouble finding good developers. My company, TechEmpower, recently added a few top notch developers, but it wasn't easy to find just the right people.

And funny enough, I wrote this post this morning and had it scheduled to come out the next morning. In between, I got an email asking about this exact issue:

I'm growing a social gaming startup, as Founder and CEO. I'm currently looking for developers to join the founding team and when I read your post, I felt like I have been going through the exact same thing as your friend. I've Googled, gone through my network, posted to Craigslist, and approached universities, and much like your friend I am having a heck of a time finding developers in LA. It makes you want to move north!

I was wondering, what methods have you found to be successful in finding developers? (More...)

Read more about Tony's experiences finding technical talent in the area.