Bigcommerce Aims To Poach Silicon Valley Workers At Tech Bus Stops.
Where some see a lineup of engineers awaiting for a private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco Startup sees an opportunity to attract talent from the top of Silicon Valleys tech firms.
The software company known as Bigcommerce has been spending the last two weeks trying to recruit upcoming talent from San Francisco’s numerous techie shuttle stops and has commented that due to this, they have seen even more traffic to its career websites.
Bigcommerce executives say that they want to try and poach employees from giants like Google, Facebook and much more. The San Francisco Chronicle Originally reported on Saturday. They have come up with a cleaver little line with hashtag (#poached), Poached egg sandwiches and a $40 million Series C round of funding that was raised from a former AOL chief, Steve Case’ Venture Capital firm.
Steven Donnelly, one of the recruiters of Bigcommerce, would go around and asked the recently waiting men for the Facebook bus, ”Are you interested in changing the world of e-commerce?”. They declined.
Based in Austin, Texas, Bigcommerce i not the first firm that has tried there own method of poaching candidates from the bus stop. Roku had tried to hire Google employees in Saratoga, who had been waiting for a shuttle.
The company will be opening a San Francisco Office sometime soon and requires up to more than 40 engineers and product developers to be in its employment. Since it began the recruiting campaign at the bus stop, company officials had said that traffic for its career site had managed to increase by 54 percent and application volume has increased by 150 percent.
At the mean time, the shuttles have grown to be controversial over the past year, with some residents seeing them as symbols of neighborhood gentrification protesting the use of municipal bus stops for $1 per stop each day.
Bigcommerce has planned to continue its efforts until it has filled all of its San Francisco openings, the company’s Chief product officer, West Stringfellow, commented to the Chronicle. He went on to say that he managed to come up with an idea during his previous job when he commuted within the city, passing shuttles stops on the way.
“Every day, I would just see all this top talent hanging out on the sidewalk,” he said. “I thought, if I ever have to build a team really fast, I’ll just go hit those folks right where they’re standing.”