Back in November, Facebook poached a Foursquare engineer named Nathan Folkman.It was weird.
Since when do early, not-yet-fully-vested engineers quit super-hot startups for slower-paced, more established companies where there is less career upside?
Anyway, we’ve since heard some gossip on what actually happened.
Apparently, Facebook HR – always hungry for talent – went on a poaching campaign at Foursquare, and tried to recruit all its top engineers.
The aim was twofold: to get talent and to intimidate Foursquare management, which is now in direct competition with Facebook.
Fun stuff, right? We love it.
Folkman was the only guy who took the bait – in part because he’s pretty close to Sam Lessin, who’s startup, Drop.io, had just been acquired by Facebook. (Also we heard he might have just broken up with his girlfriend.)