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Keynote & invited speakers

Natasha Mantle

Natasha Mantle

Managing Partner
Alexander & Krol LLC

Natasha Mantle is the Managing Partner at Alexander & Krol LLC, a boutique Executive Search firm, specializing in High Tech and IT Markets.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Mantle held executive positions at companies like Korn Ferry International, Gartner Group, John Hancock Financial Services, as well as several Silicon Valley startups, acquired by Informatica and Microsoft/Corbis.

Ms. Mantle has been an active member of the world-wide Russian-speaking high-tech community for over 30 years. She has one of the largest talent databases of Russian-speaking software developers and executives.

The War for Talent in the Silicon Valley

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In a small geographic area (48×24 km), the world’s most prestigious F500 companies, including Intel, Pixar, Oracle, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and others are fighting to attract the best software developers. Their tactics vary from sublime to ridiculous, including lucrative salaries, stock options, promotional videos, on campus/faculty relationships, as well as haircuts and pet days at work.

In this blitz session, Ms. Mantle will provide a quick overview of the Silicon Valley recruiting strategies and answer the following questions:

Given the intense competition for talent, is it feasible for the Russian companies to consider establishing their subsidiaries in the Silicon Valley?

How can Russian engineers make themselves attractive for employment opportunities in the Silicon Valley software development mecca?

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Deutsche BankIntelJetBrainsSAPSberTech

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