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The market for software developers in Silicon Valley and San Francisco is, predictably, tight. But this tight? Even James Hong of Hot or Not — who has excellent connections, and a profitable and popular venture in his online rating-and-dating site — is having trouble competing for talent with Web 2.0 vapor ventures. After the jump, Hong's rant. A taster: "Many of the ideas out there aren't that great; they aren't companies, they are functions; and some of them aren't even that!"

I never thought it would be so difficult finding engineers. It's almost ridiculous really, considering the opportunity. Too many people are out there working on idiot ideas. Many of the ideas out there aren't that great; they aren't companies, they are functions; and some of them aren't even that! Well, at least some of the startups are beginning to go bust. I'm looking into sending one of my guys out to Shanghai, and starting a shop out there. The work ethic in the valley is not what it used to be. It's to the point where i am thinking about going to the Yahoo bus stop in SF and holding up a jobs sign. It is seriously frustrating. Maybe i'm just being one of those delusional founder types that thinks their company is better than it is. But being employee #6 at a company that intends to give equity as if they just started, that already has millions of visitors a month and millions in earnings a year: I would think that would be attractive. Okay, go ahead and write it. I figure even if it makes some people hate me, it will make some people love me. And all I need are for a few good engineers out there to love me. [James Hong's advertisement for developers.]