Using Programming Competitions to Hire Superstar Coders


Looking to hire an amazing developer for your startup? Isn’t everyone looking to hire superstar coders? Facebook, Google, and all the technology giants are looking for super-smart people.

Most of the top technology companies run some type of programming competition to attract talented people. Facebook has their Hacker Cup, Google runs the Google Code Jam and Microsoft, the Imagine Cup.

Google Code Jam in London, 2008
Google Code Jam in London
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What Does It Cost to Run a Startup? – Infographic on building its employee monitoring software was based on the idea of having employees from all around the world.

And we're a startup. So we thought it would be interesting to compare the costs of a startup including a small office and hiring 2 developers and 1 designer from different cities and countries.

What Does It Cost to Run a Startup? Infographic

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Social Media for Recruitment – Infographic


In the past, in order to recruit employees you have to advertise opportunities in the local papers or hire local advertising agencies to put up bills on sidewalks and light posts. Today, notwithstanding the "post no bills" policies of most modern cities, recruiting employees via these methods is laughably obsolete.

Around 50% of all the people in North America use Facebook for recruiting, for example. Social media is a more up-to-date method for finding great people. Check out our infographic on social media for recruitment.

Additionally, you can check out Time Doctor's employee monitoring software to give you insights into the productivity of your workforce.
Social Media for Recruitment - Infographic

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Salaries for Popular Online Jobs – Infographic

Online jobs are popular - especially if you have to travel a long distance in traffic to get to your office!

But do these types of jobs pay well? We had a look at Upwork (formerly oDesk), the largest online jobs platform, to compare the asking salaries for various online jobs.

Keep in mind that these are the asking salaries which means that often companies will look for or negotiate a lower rate, although in many cases contractors do manage to get their asking rate. It's interesting to compare the rates around the world for popular online jobs.

Salaries for Popular Online Jobs - Infographic from

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