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Saurabh Saha

Co Founder at Talent Pegs

Well back in the 80s Steve Jobs convinced John Sculley to join him by saying "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?" and Sculley joined Apple. Would have bene nice if real life would have been any similar.Unfortunately finding the right technical talent for your startup is as big an issue as convincing then to join you.Joel Spolsky in his epic blog "The Guerilla guide to interviewing" talks about how to identify the rockstars from the crowd.But what is even more critical is how to convince them to join your organization.

We clearly know we are no Steve Jobs and programmers clearly know equity means nothing but white trash which might or might not have a value going ahead and high salaries is something which entrepreneurs can't pay at the bootstrap stage.Under those circumstances how do you build your technology team if you happen to shortlist a bunch of really good coders or designers. Hiring as a function is becoming increasingly difficult firstly because of a dearth of good technical talent and secondly because most good engineers are looking at either fat pay packets or good brand names so startups is not a place they'd typically wanna invest their time in.

Would like to know how other startup founders approach this issue?