Tech World Welcomes Digg Refugees With Open Arms
This morning most of us woke up to the disappointing news that social news site Digg, once a promising destination for Silicon Valley talent, was losing 37% of it’s staff as well experiencing key executive departures.
While the usual armchair Twitter quarterbacks responded to the what the layoffs mean for the ailing site, another more positive trend was also evidenced; People making it clear that the kind of top tier engineering talent that worked for Digg was welcome at a spectrum of high profile startups and full fledged companies.
As I’m hearing that the talent pool of experienced engineers is currently in short supply, this layoff might be a boon for local startups looking to add skilled staff. Some of the companies that have already expressed interest in hiring include Twitter (above), GDGT, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, IGN, Styleseat and AT&T Interactive.
It looks like SimpleGeo founder and former Digg engineer Joe Stump is curating the tweets and offering support and introductions help to the 25 people laid off. If you hear of anyone else who is tweeting about hiring, please link to them in the comments.
- Interview With Digg CEO Matt Williams On Future Of Digg
- SimpleGeo Hires Former Digg CEO Jay Adelson
- Digg Brings Back Digg v3 Features, Including “Bury” Button
- Digg Founder Jay Adelson Is Okay With Not Selling Early, Even In Light Of Layoffs
- Poll: 68% Of Users Want The Digg “Bury” Feature Brought Back