LinkedIn's CEO, Jeff Weiner, recently gave a speech in which he declared that the U.S. doesn't have enough skilled workers to fill the 3.5 million U.S. jobs currently open. The other side of that coin is that the highly-skilled workers who can get hired often have many jobs to choose from. Some of these workers are looking toward fortune and the future by helping startups perfect their technology.
Linked in has provided a handy infographic showing just what startups in the San Francisco Bay Area are attracting the industry's top engineers. The chart ranks the companies, all with fewer than 500 employees, by the interest each garnered on LinkedIn from January to March of this year.
From this list it's easy to see what is currently interesting to engineers: cloud computing. Both Arista and Nicira, the most interesting companies according to LinkedIn, provide cloud networking solutions. Also, the sector of the industry LinkedIn calls "big data" is growing quickly and so is engineer interest in it. Cloudera, Palantir, Hortonworks, and Splunk all focus around creating software that helps businesses make sense of large data sets. Although Pinterest cracks the top 10, interest in the popular social sharing network might be waning since march, as its number of active users begins to plateau.
(infographic courtesy LinkedIn)