Where the hell are all the great senior software developers and hands-on engineering directors?

Hey Obie, since you clearly have outlined well your needs and the reasons to join, and have a pipeline (although I wouldn’t call 1–2 interviews per week a strong pipeline), the issue seems to be people who match on paper don’t match your assessment. To make it easier for your recruiters, can you give them specific titles at specific companies to go after and headhunt?

These are ideally places where you or friends/colleagues worked and can guarantee a high success rate if you get them engaged.