nitay_at_workEven though the San Francisco Bay Area is infested with computer scientists and engineers, Powerset still has intense competition for top talent. Not only are we competing with behemoths that offer lap pools, dry cleaning service, valet parking, and Segways, but we’re also competing with a host of other hot startups that offer promises of fame and fortune. So why is it that Nitay Joffe, who was featured in a recent New York Times article , turned down Google for Powerset? I walked over to Nitay’s cube (since we all still work in the same building) to get his perspective on his 15 minutes of fame. He was excited about all of the phone calls and e-mails he got from friends, but didn’t want to be portrayed as a “gold digger,” as he puts it. Heck, everybody at this company has had daydreams about a private plane, a shopping trip to Dubai, and starting a charitable foundation (at least I’ve had similar fantasies), but that’s not the only thing that keeps us here. In the article, Nitay is quoted as being attracted by the possibility of a big payoff. Nitay said that the NYT article missed one of the best amenities of a startup: the chance to play an instrumental role in something really important. Even though Nitay’s only been here for a few months, he’s already a critical employee working on building and improving Powerset’s natural language index. How cool is that? While we’re on the subject of recruiting, if you’re wicked smart and want to join a company that is working to change the search landscape, then consider submitting your resume to one of the open positions at Powerset.

-Mark Johnson, Product Manager