Silicon valley has propagated this idea of hiring the top 10% in the industry to get twice or three times the value returned at a cost increase of only like 15–20% more pay. It’s not really a proven technique, but most titans of silicon valley talk about it like it’s fact. Maybe it worked (or at least didn’t hurt you any) back when only one or two companies did it (Microsoft or Apple), but when most tech firms hire this way, everyone loses. We all fight over the more expensive “A players” thinking we are ensuring success. What’s really going on is we fail just as much, and we pay them more for it.