SocalTech - Attracting Bay Area Tech Talent to Southern California

It's a big, wide tech world out there and not all of it is based in the Silicon Valley. In fact, our neighbors to the south in Los Angeles have been experiencing a burgeoning technology ecosystem as of late, with more public offerings, more financing rounds and more hiring. While it used to be a bit of a challenge to get Bay Area engineering talent to make the move southward, it's getting easier these days. Still, it's no cakewalk. For tips on attracting SF talent to LA, check out Riviera Partner Eric Larson's latest article on

(SocalTech) - Attracting Bay Area Tech Talent to Southern California.: It's Not as Hard as You Think

The greater Los Angeles area is on a phenomenal roll in terms of movement in the tech space. We're seeing more and more public offerings; exciting activity in the music, media and entertainment space; an expanding pool of tech talent; and, more recently, several high caliber acquisitions and financing rounds, all of which will really help the whole ecosystem grow. Given all that, it's not as tough as you might think to get Bay Area based tech talent to make the move down south--and get them to stay here. In fact, I've observed a 100-percent retention rate for all of the placements who have relocated over the past couple of years. Here's how to get them in the door:

Start with a comparable salary

It doesn't matter if the cost of living in Southern California is less than the Bay Area; a top quality candidate is going to want to see a comp package comparable to what he or she is already receiving. You don't necessarily need to offer more, but definitely keep things even. The same goes for companies in Chicago, New York and so on.

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socaltech - Calling All Engineering Grads

Eric Larson, one of our Partners in Los Angeles, is rapidly growing the Riviera presence in Southern California, and recently shared his thoughts on the state of the tech down south with socaltech. He makes the case to consider the many promising startups, comparable salaries and continued VC activity in the area when pondering your next career move. As tech continues to grow down south, the LA market is absolutely a serious contender for top talent.

(socaltech) Calling all engineering grads: There's lots of work in LA

Out of the top 20 schools for engineering, five of those are located in Southern California, but many of the graduates of these schools have felt the need to move north to pursue their careers. It's no secret that the that Silicon Valley has played host to the vast majority of hot--and hiring--technology companies over the past ten years.

However, there's a new trend emerging that's full of good news for tech workers who want to stay in sunny Southern California, and that's the continued appearance of promising startups such as Hulu, Age of Learning, Snapchat and Scopely, not to mention high visibility exits and IPOs such as Maker Studio, EdgeCast and the Rubicon Project. In fact, Los Angeles is ranked third among 20 international startup ecosystems based on levels of funding, startup numbers, company performance and entrepreneur demographics.

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