$500K? Not Enough to Woo Google Programmer
Startup founder's offer comes up about $2.5M short
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2014 8:20 AM CST
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(Newser) Business Insider has a tale from Silicon Valley that might be educational for tech entrepreneurs looking to build a staff or college freshmen trying to figure out a major: The founder of a successful startup wooed a Google programmer with a seemingly generous salary offer of $500,000, only to learn that the programmer currently made $3 million a year in cash and stock. "He blew us off," says the exec.

Most Google engineers aren't making anywhere near that kind of money, according to GlassDoor.com, but it shows that Google in particular is willing to shell out big money to retain talent. And it supports the case of this blogger at Forbes who argues that Silicon Valley in general has better engineers than, say, the National Security Agency.

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Scott603
Jan 11, 2014 1:50 PM CST
So if that $500,000 job is still open, I'm available.
future2083
Jan 11, 2014 10:15 AM CST
I much rather top talent end up at google than wall st. At least a tech giant creates a product or something to enhance technology. Wall st just continually schemes on how to extract every penny from peoples pockets.
Nikolai
Jan 11, 2014 9:44 AM CST
LOL, I had a friend who landed at the NSA right after college. He is now at twitter. Funny side note, tried to post this on my iphone, now locked in a perpetual redirect. Error says too many redirects, saffari has failed. Are they watching?