Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow
This year, magazine publisher Hearst Corp. intends to add five software engineers to its mobile development staff. Social-networking company Ning Inc. plans to nearly double its mobile development team. And Web start-up Where Inc. is on track to double its mobile staff this year after quadrupling it in 2010.
The problem: The talent pool isn’t growing nearly that fast.
“The demand is constant,” said Dan Gilmartin, Where’s vice president of marketing. “Every company is looking for these people.”
The intense competition for mobile engineers, which affects large companies and fast-growing start-ups alike, is emerging as a key bottleneck as companies scramble to capitalize on the fast growth of smartphones and other mobile devices.