Seattle’s Hunger for Code Writers

Seattle1Bloomberg News: Microsoft Job Cuts Can’t Cool Seattle’s Hunger
for Code Writers

The largest job cuts in Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US)’s history are a recruiting opportunity for Seattle-area rivals, who see them as a chance to snatch talent.

In a measure of the Redmond, Washington-based company’s lessening dominance of a regional software industry it all but created, technology executives say the cuts may only dent a frenzied job market driven by companies from Amazon.com Inc. toZillow Inc. (Z:US) Some entice workers with perks such as free lunches, paid dry cleaning and, at one startup, a half-share of a sustainably raised hog for scouting a new software engineer.

“We all have effectively an infinite number of open positions for software developers, program managers,” said Spencer Rascoff, chief executive officer of Zillow. “If I somehow magically filled 100 positions we’d open another 100, and Amazon would too.”

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