We asked her: Which startup is getting all the best people these days?
We expected her to say Facebook, Twitter, or Zynga.
But her answer was Square, the startup that lets small merchants accept credit cards using a dongle attached to an iPhone or an iPad.
This recruiter ? who does not work for Square and has not been hiring people for it ? says that Square keeps hiring people she's been targeting.
She supposes this is for 3 reasons?
- Square has a very professional recruiting team of its own.
- The company has a great brand among engineers, personified by founder Jack Dorsey: "styling and modern: evocative of Steve Jobs."
- The company makes something tangible ? the dongle ? and this thrills software engineers.
Our recruiter does not give Square perfect grades for its recruiting, however. She insists the company is making a big mistake hiring so many Ruby on Rails developers, who tend to be "hipsters with neckbeards."
We asked a source close to Square for his reaction to this concern, and he said, "LOL."