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Where are all the good Web developers?

Josh Althuser | Sept. 30, 2015
If you’re having trouble finding them, ask yourself: Am I a bad client, or am I looking in the wrong place?

Even if you live in a mega-metropolis with 15 million people, simply focusing locally immediately eliminates over 99% of the global population from consideration. As former GitHub CEO Tom Preston-Werner famously put it, “Companies that aren’t distributed can’t possibly say that they hire the best people. The world is a big place.”

Silicon Valley hype machine

But there are no good developers in, like, Africa.

This is flat-out incorrect. It’s easy to get fooled into thinking all the good developers who can build real apps live in California, or, at least, in Western urban centers. But that’s an illusion.

Yes, Silicon Valley is the premier powerhouse of technological innovation globally, spawning revolutionary changes with ever-increasing frequency. But, more to the point, it’s where all the money is. Around this rarified concentration of uniquely talented and enterprising individuals swirls a vast vortex of liquid capital.

As a result, the Valley has become a caricature of itself. Silicon Valley developers are some of the most expensive in the world, and they have to be, because they live in one of the most expensive regions in America, where developers earning six-figure salaries find themselves struggling to pay rent.

There are countless excellent developers on earth who take no part in the Valley hype machine and way of life, either by circumstance or by choice. Some do not have the socioeconomic means to move to a big Western city, and still more simply have no interest in doing so. But they do have the Internet, and are happy to write great code for you.

Don’t underestimate a smart person with a computer. Developers diffuse knowledge like nobody’s business on forums and chat rooms and blogs, and the internet is a vast equalizer where borders are passé. These men and women work hard every day to deliver top-quality software to satisfied customers.


Finding a good Web developer is not a rocket science. There is burden on you to know what you want and to be able to pay for it. However, once you’ve got your act together, it’s just a matter of looking in the right place, and there is no greater pool than the online community of proven, professional remote developers.


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