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Oct 28, 2014, 10:42 PM
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The cloud floats off


Working for the Modern San Francisco Startup is a new experience. The commute is 90 minutes. Everyone was born after you went to your last baseball game. All the jobs are now in the city, where 15 years ago they were all in the valley. The current cycle back to the city began in 2007 when real estate plummeted. Now the city is ferociously expensive while the valley is the wasteland.

All the assets are stored on web application cloud servers: asana for project management, bitbucket for code repository, gmail for email, gliffy.com & chart.io for documents. Even all the lunches are ordered on obscure cloud services like eat24hours.com. It's surprising how much cloud still isn't Google, if you look hard enough.

There's no more full time IT guy & server room. It's all web services. There are but 2 areas this cloud web generation will absolutely not use touch cloud services for, however: DATING. They all met their partners in BARS & NIGHTCLUBS. NO ONLINE DATING! NEVER!

The other thing is working from home. For all the webification, there is no working from home. The topic of physically being in an office is still as sacred as where the romantic relationship starts.

It's surprisingly easy for them to find the best people for the job. Programming is no longer a black box known only by a few savants, but manestream material, nowadays. It's a significant change from 2001, when it was very hard to find someone who knew what they were doing.

Of course, times have changed. Large companies don't hire anyone directly anymore. If you have a PhD, you can work for Google[x] or Facebook research, maybe. Maybe a MS can get in somewhere. Other positions are filled by acquiring other companies. Most of Google came from its hundreds of acquisitions.

Your focus has to be small startups with the intention of being acquired by a large company. Job boards on Google are guides for startups to focus their product, not for people looking for jobs. When Lockheed wanted to produce quad copters, they didn't hire any quad copter designers. They bought a quad copter company. When Google wanted to build a phone, they didn't hire anyone. They bought Motorola. Facebook doesn't hire messaging programmers. They buy WhatsApp.
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