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Dating sites for silicon valley geeks

All-hands meetings are not just for tiny startups; staff at even the largest tech firms expect their bosses to appear frequently in person or by video link, to be grilled about everything from corporate strategy to the quality of the office coffee.

One of China’s largest internet firms, Baidu, is sponsoring matchmaking events for workers because surveys have shown that married employees are less likely to hop to a rival.It is all reminiscent of the late-1990s dotcom boom.Chunky signing-on bonuses and “precations”—paid vacations before taking up a new position—are being dangled in front of tech folk to tempt them to jump ship.“The odds are very good,” she explained, “but many of the goods are very odd.” For recruiters trying to hire software whizzes, the odds are poor.A recovering economy in America and an explosion of entrepreneurial activity are driving up demand for tech talent.Hence the effort they put into recruitment and retention.

Tangible rewards in the form of large salaries and attractive share options are part of it.

But there is more to their human-resources strategies than generous compensation and perks such as on-site yoga classes and free gourmet meals.

Corny as it may sound, tech types really do want to feel they are somehow making “a dent in the universe”, to borrow a phrase from the late Steve Jobs. Google wants to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.

And Apple is said to be working on electric cars and virtual-reality headsets.

Like other creative types, the best software workers strongly believe that caring means sharing.

If the battle for programming talent is not just being fought among the titans of tech, that is where the front line lies.