Competition For Tech Talent Heats Up In Seattle Area

In some cases, big companies can offer pay packages that are 30-40 percent more than what startups can offer, according to Shivers. But in the long term, he said, small companies like doxo actually benefit from having more competition in the tech marketplace.

“What’s great about having the big tech companies here is they attract a lot of talent to the area. And then there’s a lot of folks that are just like, boy, I am bored out of my mind,” Shivers said.

About two-thirds of doxo’s engineers came to the company from big tech companies, lured by the prospect of working on what Shivers calls the “big juicy projects” that have an immediate impact on the business.