For example, Rackspace just hired David Kelly to lead international operations. With a high-level executive background from both eBay
This is the kind of talent that would go to places like Google
Michael Long, who heads up Rackspace's global talent branding operations, explained to me that there's something about Rackspace that you won't find anywhere else. "You walk in the door and there's something palpable about the culture and of the spirit behind what's going on. It's not lip service -- fanatical support is something we live."
Rackspace has been hiring relentlessly, come recession or high waters. The company has gone from 2,000 full-time "Rackers" at the end of 2007 to more than 3,000 today with nary a bump in the rising employee count. Now the upper echelons of management are filling out to support those hordes of engineers and hopefully at least a handful of salespeople.
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