FORTUNE -- Compared with domestic candidates, international tech workers applying for jobs in Silicon Valley face a truly uphill battle. In the past, employers have had little incentive to hire an immigrant and invest thousands of dollars in legal paperwork and relocation fees.
But a new international career fair from Hired.com, an online marketplace for recruiting new employees, in partnership with Sequoia Capital, aims to help software engineers from Canada, the U.K., Australia, and Eastern Europe land jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area. "There's definitely a local shortage of great engineers, and the process of finding them overseas is very difficult and time-consuming," explains Matt Mickiewicz, CEO and co-founder of Hired.com.
To make matters simpler, qualified job applicants with a university degree and experience with technologies such as Android, iOS, Ruby on Rails, or Python can apply on Hired.com by Feb. 10 for engineering jobs at one of 15 Bay Area-based partner companies including Square, Airbnb, Evernote, and Eventbrite. In March, between 150 and 200 candidates will be flown to the Bay Area by Sequoia Capital for in-person interviews. Candidates will also take a coding test while stateside with the Hired team to verify their knowledge. Employers will extend job offers by the end of March, and new hires should expect to relocate and start their new gig by October at latest. Mickiewicz is optimistic about these new hires gaining visas sponsored by the participating companies and doesn't foresee paperwork proving a serious problem.
Hired.com expects tens of thousands of tech workers to apply for the international career fair in the coming days. But perhaps even more ambitious, the site estimates roughly half of the candidates who interview for jobs will also receive offers.
While Mickiewicz says the effort of helping qualified international candidates is "personally gratifying," he also admits it's not an entirely altruistic effort. (Hired.com will receive a flat fee for every hire made.) Nonetheless, his recruiting site is helping solve a serious pain point by helping local businesses discover new engineering talent and helping that talent find a job -- a win-win, all-around.
In courtroom battles against the room-rental service, elected officials find themselves facing a surprising opponent: the people.
FORTUNE -- The week before Thanksgiving, roughly 200 Airbnb hosts and community organizers sat shoulder-to-shoulder at The Alley, a Midtown Manhattan co-working space popular with techies. The event was convened by Peers, an organization developed to support the growth of the sharing economy.
An Airbnb host named Mishelle Farer got up to speak. Farer explained MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 9, 2013 4:05 PM ET
New products enable the startup's 350,000 hosts to do without the desktop.
FORTUNE -- Airbnb wants its hosts to get out of the house.
At a press event Tuesday at the company's San Francisco headquarters, co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nate Blechzarczyk introduced redesigned Apple (AAPL) iOS and Google (GOOG) Android apps with an emphasis on improving the mobile experience for the company's 350,000 hosts.
"Hosts said they don't have all the tools that MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 12, 2013 3:11 PM ET
Startup hopes new verified ID badges will attract more users.
FORTUNE -- Starting April 30, Airbnb will go to even greater lengths to insure you are who you say you are, online and in the real world. The apartment-sharing site will begin rolling out a verified identification program that matches digital identity -- via social networking sites -- with real-world proof -- a photo ID. Once members have been verified, Airbnb MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Apr 30, 2013 12:00 PM ET
Also: Why the Web of today is a big disappointment; Maker Studios tussles with its biggest YouTube star.
Mailbox for iPhone: a next-generation email app inspired by Sparrow and Clear [THE VERGE]
Whereas most Mail apps rely on buttons to archive, delete, and file emails for later, Mailbox relies on a simple and colorful set of swipes. "Email was designed 30 years ago for computers chained to desks," Underwood says. "Everything about it MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 14, 2012 5:30 AM ET
How does listing your space on the site really work? Our intrepid reporter found out with a little help from her folks.
By Caitlin Keating, reporter
FORTUNE -- I put my home on Airbnb.
Let me clarify. I put my parents' apartment on Airbnb. As a 22-year-old recent college graduate living back at home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I thought listing our spare room on a rental site would MOREMay 3, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The web startup has thrived by making it easy to list and find rooms to rent. But CEO Brian Chesky thinks the site can be an eBay for the social age.
FORTUNE -- The house-sharing website Airbnb lists 4,881 apartments for rent in Paris, but CEO Brian Chesky is paying a lot of attention to listings like the one for a parking spot in Île-de-France for $20 a night. Strange things MOREJessi Hempel, writer - May 3, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The prolific angel investor has rarely met an Internet startup he didn't like. When it comes to picking the next big thing, there's a right way and a wrong way. And then there's the Conway.
FORTUNE -- The rooftop deck of Ron Conway's San Francisco apartment building is packed with a random and seemingly incongruous assortment of tech A-listers, celebrities, and sports stars snacking on hors d'oeuvres and sipping fine wines. MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Feb 10, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Fortune's curated selection of tech stories from the last 24 hours. Sign up to get the round-up delivered to you each and every day.
* Silicon Valley real estate prices are already on the rise, but given Facebook's impending IPO, expect them to go even higher. Case in point: 10 Palo Alto homes sold last month above their asking price. (The New York Times)
* Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson wants to steer the struggling Internet MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 9, 2012 6:25 AM ET
Fortune's curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web. Sign up to get the newsletter delivered to you every day.
* Facebook bought up Push Pop Press, a small iPad book designer, raising questions over whether the social networking champ plans to enter the e-book business. "Although Facebook isn't planning to start publishing digital books, the ideas and technology behind Push Pop Press will be integrated with Facebook, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 3, 2011 3:50 AM ET
|Why casino workers hate Obamacare|
|4.2 million have signed up for Obamacare as open enrollment nears close.|
|Five predictions for the World Wide Web that were way, way, way off|
|Tesla lashes out at Chris Christie|
|Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac stock hit by proposal to close them|