Women 2.0 - How to Convince Awesome Engineers to Join Your Early-Stage Startup

(Women 2.0) How to Convince Awesome Engineers to Join Your Early-Stage Startup

The right talent can mean the difference between a thriving startup and a floundering one. When it comes down to building a solid team, engineering hires are often at top of mind. But, there’s a huge amount of competition when it comes to recruiting top-notch engineers.

“A great compensation package will only get you so far with engineering talent,” says Sam Wholley, Partner at the recruiting firm Riviera Partners. “There are a number of other factors that will help you attract the best people to your team.”

Tighten up your hiring game with some of the following tips:

1. Create Buzz About the Company and Culture

The first step to attract the best talent for your team is to publicize what you’re doing.

Let it be known that you have cool technical challenges, especially if you’re not a tech company (or are perceived as a non-tech company). Create videos, write blogs and put on or present at events. Engage with the community.

When creating the job listing, articulate that you offer an environment where they can learn and grow. “Most people don’t care about foosball tables. Maybe food,” says Sam, “But at the end of the day, they want people who can make them better engineers.”

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The Importance of Design Leadership

It’s no secret that the “war for talent” rages on in Silicon Valley, where companies large and small are jockeying for top technical talent to help execute their growth strategies. This is becoming even more evident with software design, as employers find themselves competing over a short supply of qualified candidates.

While the trend has been building for several years, the “light bulb” moment for more and more companies (enterprise included) is the realization that a great user experience is what can set them apart. Just look at Apple, Mint, Path, Pinterest, Airbnb and Square. User interface design has been an important impetus for their business.

With an increasing number of companies, the design team now has a seat at the table alongside engineering and product management. Design leaders are being tapped to engage as part of the end-to-end product development process. This represents a considerable shift whereby the function of design is no longer viewed solely as a tactical resource, but as a key driver for market and business growth.

At the same time, this evolutionary role of product designers presents a significant challenge for employers. Not only are they facing tight supply for great designer talent, but many organizations are being tasked to make a critical executive-level hire--one that they might have not made before.

Organizations are entering the marketplace with a limited understanding of what a great design leader looks like, what it takes to attract that person, and--once in the seat--what a design leader needs to be successful.

Companies often go searching for the mythical creature with the unique combination of strong strategic and revolutionary design vision; organizational savvy; consulting skills; an understanding of or experience in product engineering; and the ability to generate exceptional output from his or her team. All of this is tough to find in one individual. However, with patience, diligence, persistence and creative offers, companies can increase their chances of finding this rare talent--or at least a very close match.

Without question, there is some exceptional talent out there--actively looking or not--that can be attracted to new opportunities given the right situation, challenge and ability to make a design difference.

The advice I give to organizations is to prioritize and rank what is valued most in this executive role, based on a review of the company’s overall strategy, objectives and culture. Is it the creative, forward-thinking design vision?  Is it the ability to translate the value of design to the business, thus influencing product development decisions? Once they figure out the most valuable traits, companies can hone in and search for the right candidate by gearing their approach and conversations around the top attributes and skills they are seeking, while still keeping an eye out for extra qualities.

Hiring a great design leader is becoming just as important as hiring great engineering and product leadership. Even if you only gain a percentage of the criteria of that “mythical creature,” the right quality hire for your business can help achieve your design strategies and drive your company forward.

Dirk Cleveland is a Partner at Riviera and specializes in both engineering and design leadership searches.

Inc. - What It Takes to Hire a Silicon Valley Software Engineer

(Inc.) What It Takes to Hire a Silicon Valley Software Engineer 

If you're looking to hire a software engineer, it's helpful to know exactly what will pique their interest in what has become a highly competitive recruiting process. Newly released information from Riviera Partners, a San Francisco-based placement firm that keeps a close eye on the engineering pool in Silicon Valley, offers a glimpse at what top candidates are hoping to find at their next job. 

Not surprisingly, a high salary is high on the priority list, according to the data. Average salaries in the Bay Area range from $117K to $130K. Additionally, the report also shows that you're more likely to retain your engineers if you consistently challenge them. It also helps if they're passionate about what your company does.

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Rivi Talks - Michael Morell Talks Man + Machine

We picked Co-Founder & Managing Partner Michael Morell's brain to learn a little more about his view on the role of technology in the world of recruiting.

Client News This Week

Service marketplace Thumbtack grabs $100M from Google Capital & others

AppNexus takes a $100 million investment and is now valued at $1.2 billion

Sequoia ponies up another $50M so Medallia can listen to more customers

Pure Storage, a startup worth $3 billion, snagged a 10-year Google veteran to be its new CFO

Riviera Named to Inc's Fastest Growing Companies Again

For the fourth year in a row, we are pleased to announce that Riviera has been included in Inc's annual top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America. This year, Inc. ranked Riviera number 2794 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., is the most competitive crop in the list's history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

Meet Partner Eric Larson

We sat down with Partner Eric Larson recently to get his take on what's happening in the engineering marketplace and find out how he manages searches in both Northern and Southern California.

Engineering Salaries Reviewed

It's been a few months since we last looked at the data surrounding the latest compensation figures for Bay Area engineers, so we re-crunched the numbers from the last 12 months and shared our findings in our latest infographic below:

Engineering Salaries preview

Client News This Week

New products and new funding- That's whats happening in the life of Riviera's Clients this week!

Pinterest Rolls Out Messaging So Pinners Can Have Conversations Around Shared Pins


UberPool Lets You Split Uber Fares With Other Passengers Along The Same Route


Edmodo Raises $30M Round Led by Index Ventures


Path’s Dave Morin Will Hit Up Disrupt SF 2014 To Talk About How Social Has Changed


Riviera's Summer Patio Party

Tonight, we’re cooking up our sizzling Patio Party behind our office! We've got the famed Bacon Bacon food truck serving up all-things-pork and cocktail wizard Ethan Terry pouring drinks! Come celebrate with us from 5 to 8pm this evening if you are in the area.

Patio Party