Hire a girl who codes.
Find a girl who writes code for a living. You’ll know her because she rarely moves without her laptop. She is the one at the back of the coffee shop with thunders in her eyes, typing furiously and only stopping to sip coffee while her code compiles. See that lady shaking her head, pitying the helpless cashier whose computer crashed again? That’s her.
Buy her a tall soy latte. Then offer her a job.
Spend time talking about Storm, one back-end per user and Reactive Programming. Talk about the philosophy of software engineering and stuff. Spend time talking about Pinterest and Twitter, then invite her for an interview.
Hire a girl who has at least one computing device running Linux. Not Mint, but a real distro like Debian or even Arch — the kind that let’s you configure your machine like an engineer needs to configure her workshop.
Hire a girl who will call you out when your code is crap but who’ll never tell you “I don’t get it”. Hire a girl who’ll look at you in the eye and say: “I cannot parse what you’re saying. Your syntax must be wrong”.
Find a girl who is afraid of snakes but who loves Python; the one who tweets about the cool script she wrote, who is a genius to the rest of us and claims her right to acknowledgment with a really sober job title like ‘Chief Scientist’. You may never truly understand half of the things she talks about but that’s ok, she won’t judge.
Hire a girl who spends her money on tech gadgets like Google Glass. She’ll be snapping pictures, recording your comments and posting team meeting videos on the company chatter feed, but that’s ok — privacy is over-rated.
Hire the girl who has problems with CPU power because she‘s trying to compile a complete Android app prototype from her machine. She’s the one who has a copy of ‘Design Patterns — Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software” on her kitchen table, and who knows what Maven is and how AWS is changing the world.
Hire the girl who’ll wake up in the middle of the night because she just dreamed of a way to fix a bug in her company’s software. Hire a girl who measures her popularity by the number of stars her GitHub repository gets.
A girl who codes is hard to find but she’s worth looking for. She doesn’t need a corner office to understand how much she means to your company, and if you can only give her a worn leather chair, an awesome job title and a few stock options she’ll appreciate you all the more for creating a product the whole world will love.
PS: Featured picture is @SamJ0hn of Hopscotch. I did not ask for permission to use her picture but I did ask for forgiveness after the act.