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We just wrote about an Atlanta-area entrepreneur who had moved to Silicon Valley in search of a developer to help him build his startup, a would-be “Pinterest killer.”After that story ran, we heard from a lot of Atlantans who defended their city as a place to build tech startups.
We don’t disagree! The city has Georgia Tech, a fine institution which happens to have educated this reporter’s older brother.
And Square, for all its fancypants San Francisco ways, just opened up an engineering office in Atlanta to scoop up a bunch of former Googlers.
Some other ex-Googlers founded a mysterious startup called Monetology which we’ve started tracking. (Yes, Bruce Johnson, we’re keeping our eyes on you!)
Here’s what we heard from our Atlanta readers about the startup scene there.
Zeeshan Khan writes:
Read your article on Business Insider and found it quite amusing. I’m from Atlanta and to be honest even with Georgia Tech here, we can’t find developers here. I’ve been looking for a mobile app developer for past few moths with a check ready in my hand and can’t find one. But I have no idea what kinda response this guy was getting in the Valley. LOL.
Rob Kischuk of Badgy writes:
Saw your post on the rogue Atlantan looking for a developer on his car at Costco. Maybe he can put his AngelList profile on there in a couple of months.
We’re not all crazy here. My startup is a social loyalty service for consumer brands backed by Mark Cuban. Lots of good startup stuff happening here.
Heather Shankwiler wants more information:
From Atlanta … Do you know what county the plates were from? That could tell us quite a bit about which startup/incubator/program this may be … Just wondering!
Eric Till of BCD Travel writes:
I transplanted from So. Cal. to Atlanta months ago and have successfully placed techies at startups ranging from AppNexus to Spotify. My best guess is he worked at Atlanta’s Google offices that got shut down a couple months ago!
If you get a hold of the guy, tell him I know developers in the Valley … just gotta give them a big chunk of equity.
Keith Cox writes:
Just confirming that the Georgia plates and 678 area code are very likely from one completely motivated individual who apparently made the passion-inspired drive all the way to Silicon Valley from HOTLanta. While the startup scene in Atlanta has been somewhat HOT over the years it has unfortunately been only on a low sizzle in the recent past. We should collectively send many kudos to this individual. If it was 20 years ago (when I actually wrote code and didn’t need such a stiff employment contract), I would call the number today! Rock on dude!
So we actually called the number our source spotted painted on the rear window of a Toyota parked outside a Costco store in Mountain View, Calif. We reached Hanson Yuen. Yuen said he was indeed the former Atlantan in question. His project is called Hungryboard, and he said he hadn’t had any luck finding a developer yet.
Good luck! It’s a tough hiring market whether you’re in Atlanta or Silicon Valley, it seems.