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#TCDisrupt – Are NY Engineers More Attracted to Finance Industry?

Credit: Lloyd Trufelman

A panel including Foursquare‘s Henry Heyman, spoke about engineers in the city and the potential allure of the finance industry yesterday at the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC conference.  According to BetaBeat, the sought after engineers could be courted by the larger checkbook and “glam” offered by the finance sector.  The panelists weighed in.

Heyman said, “the kind of engineer that we really want to attract isn’t going to be interested in [money] in the first place.”  He feels that, for his company, the ideal candidate cares about the product and that there is a distinct kind of employee that gravitates towards the finance industry.

Heyman also believes that city-sponsored initiatives, like the new CornellNYC campus, will help local recruiting efforts for Foursquare.  While on the recruiting trail, Heyman offered two location-based choices for graduates: San Francisco or NY.  A significant portion chose the Big Apple as there is an abundance of activities.  “Being in New York has actually been a recruiting tool, and I expect that to only increase moving forward.”

BetaBeat