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Summary:

In a sign of scorching demand for star developers, Hubspot is willing to pay a $30,000 bounty to whoever recommends the right person it ends up hiring.

How much is a truly great developer worth? A lot, according to Hubspot and it’s willing to pay a $30,000 bounty to anyone (anyone!) who refers a great developer that the marketing automation software maker ends up hiring.

The company’s pitch:

HubSpot loves developers. Like, heart-pounding, chest-thumping, breathless love. Care to play matchmaker?

We’ll give you $30,000 if you refer us to a developer who makes us feel that way.

The company has openings in its Cambridge and Dublin locations and has cash to spend. It netted $35 million in a financing round last November, bringing total funding to about $100 million. One of the priorities for that money was staffing up, CEO Brian Halligan said at the time.

We know that great developers and engineers can write their own tickets, but $30,000 is a big number to give to a friend of a developer. It’s also a great way for any software developer to build a database of potential hires for down the road. I’ve heard of smaller incentives before — Hubspot itself once offered $10,000 — but this is a lotta scratch.

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  1. This is fairly in line with what I am acquainted with paying to recruiters. This just seems more straightforward, and given that it got press, it will probably be more effective.

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