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Wanted: Engineers and Web developers to staff D.C. upstarts – The Washington Post

Members of the Washington region’s start-up community gather each month and meeting co-organizer Peter Corbett almost always asks the same question: How many of you are looking to hire?

Without fail, dozens, if not hundreds, of hands fly into the air.

Like so many of their counterparts around the country, the region’s up-and-coming technology companies are in dire need of Web developers and engineers but must often compete for the same small pool of qualified applicants.

“It slows people down, which means they can’t attack that market or make as much money,” said Corbett, who is also chief executive at iStrategyLabs. “They might completely lose in that space.”

The shortage of engineers and developers has multiple causes, many of which transcend this region’s specific challenges. There aren’t enough American students pursuing degrees in science, engineering and math, and it’s difficult to secure visas for foreign workers…

via Wanted: Engineers and Web developers to staff D.C. upstarts – The Washington Post.


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