Moustache Monday Is Airbnb's Weapon Of Choice In The War For Talent

google doodle turkey charlie chaplinNice moustache. Want a job at Google?

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We’re in a boom! Startups are flush with cash!

This means real estate in Silicon Valley is going crazy.

And it also means Silicon Valley startups are going bonkers with perks and wacky gimmicks to attract and retain workers.

The WSJ looks at a few. So for example:

  • Airbnb has Moustache Mondays where everyone wears a fake moustache, and yoga sessions before lunch;
  • Yelp not only has beer kegs, but the kegs are mounted with iPads to tell what’s inside (guess markers aren’t high tech enough);
  • Two startups sponsored something called the “Pirates of Silicon Valley Cruise”, taking their employees out on a boat;
  • Dropbox has a rock room to play instruments and (more traditionally for a startup) a game room.
wall street journal hoodie stencilOMG hoodies!

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Also, the Journal is shocked, shocked to discover that startup people sometimes wear hoodies instead of khakis and shirts. They even created a hoodie stencil. This is all pretty much par for the course. Startups have always had a casual dress code (Apple in the 1970s was known for its hippie style) and since talent matters so much, startups are going to try to attract it in less cash-burning ways than actually raising people’s salaries. 

It’s great fun to look at startup perks, but all this trend tells us is that startup land is in a boom. 

And we already knew that.

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