As James says, at RedMonk we’re picky about who we hire – very picky. I’m more to blame for this than James, to be honest, not least because I’m reponsible for all of our capital expenditures and obligations. Maybe it’s just because I saw the dark side of hiring ahead of the curve in the systems integration world in the post-bubble era (read: massive layoffs), but I remain perplexed as to why the overwhelming sentiment amongst the populace at large seems to be hiring just for the sake of hiring. I can’t tell you how often I field the question: when are you hiring?
Don’t think I’ll ever really grasp the at-all-costs importance placed on headcount growth in what essentially is a relationship and authority business, but fortunately I don’t have to, as we – James and I – run the show these days. In other words, we add only the best fits and only at the right time. First it was Cote, and now it’s Anne (whom you might have seen in Om Malik’s WebWorkerDaily).
That’s right, RedMonk is now an imposing four bodies (and 25% female :). I’m positively delighted to welcome Anne into the fold. I could go on and on about her background and skills (just look at the job she did with the Sandbox template, for one) – but I don’t have to: just read some of her stuff, and you’ll know exactly why we’re so happy to have the opportunity to work with her. And lest you think we’re biased as her new associates, let me point out that both Bill and Ryan think it’s a good idea as well. I suppose it’s possible that we’d be wrong, but Bill and Ryan? Unlikely 😉
Anyhow, if you’re curious as to what she’ll do, why she joined, or why she called her blog tech decentral hop on over. And please join me in welcoming Anne; if you haven’t read her before, you’re in for a treat.