Over the years, I've recruited out of this department. In addition to great researchers, great engineers have also emerged from the ranks of its students. Jeff Dean, Greg Badros, and Christophe Biscalia are only a few great people that recently did time here. So, it's fertile ground for finding talent.
However, when working at a startup, I've often found it difficult to recruit at the UW. Why? Because it's been tough to compete with the Microsofts, Amazons, Googles, and Facebooks. A small company gets lost in the noise and the sheer mass of big companies. Thankfully, the department is recognizing the value of startups in the tech ecosystem and it now is actively promoting startups to students with a special career day. (This Tuesday, October 23).
Getting startups in front of students is a great first step. However, there's still a gap -- there seems to lack information about why startups are fun, exciting and rewarding. Students just don't have enough exposure to startups. Why are they are different than big companies? Why might they be better? Why is Seattle a great place to do a startup? I want to help fix this knowledge gap. So, in conjunction with the career day, I'm hosting an event on campus at the University of Washington to promote the startups - why it's a great experience, why it might be for you. It's on Monday, October 21, 2012 at 6:00. All students are welcome. (If you are not a student and want to attend, drop me an email or a DM on twitter at @kazabyte and we'll figure something out.)
Everything you wanted to know about startups but were afraid to ask.
Here's the flyer: