Startup aims to poach workers at tech bus stops

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 11:02 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.

Software company Bigcommerce has spent the last two weeks trying to recruit talent from San Francisco's numerous techie shuttle stops.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1lHElt6 ) that company executives want to poach employees from Google, Facebook and other tech giants.

They come boasting a clever hashtag (#poached), poached egg sandwiches and $40 million in funding raised from former AOL chief Steve Case's venture capital firm.

Meanwhile, the shuttles have grown controversial in the last year, with some residents who see them as a symbol of neighborhood gentrification protesting their use of municipal bus stops for $1 per stop each day.

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