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R&D folks turning to start-ups after Yahoo job cuts

Posted: 09 Oct 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Yahoo  layoff  start-ups 

Start-ups are capitalising on Yahoo's decision to downsise its local engineering operations. Social media was on fire with for-hire notices following the tech giant's announcement.

"Yeah who? Zomato is hiring across all tech positions," tweeted Deepinder Goyal, co-founder of Zomato, a highly successful start-up created to help people find and connect with great places to eat around them. Now Zomato has spread to more than 100 cities in 13 countries and says it is one of the leading restaurant search engines in the UK.

Rishi Khiani, CEO of the innovation sandbox Ant Farm, tweeted, "Hiring developers for, we have over 100 open positions. So please pass this on to any Dev's over at Yahoo that just got slipped."

A tweet from Vijay Rayapati, CEO at Minjar Cloud Solutions, was direct and to the point. "Impacted by @yahoo India layoff? @minjarcloud is hiring engineers for product engg roles. Drop a note to careers at"

Ankur Agarwal, co-founder of PriceBaba, wrote in a post on his company's blog: "Dear Engineer, I am sad to see that Yahoo is leaving so many talented engineers in India (from what I hear) in a bid to consolidate its development efforts. Like any other growing tech start-up, my instincts reacted in the same way as it did for a lot of my friends on Twitter. Can we get some good engineers to join PriceBaba?"

Not to be left behind is the Times of India media house. Satyan Gajwani, CEO of Times Internet Limited, the digital arm of the Times of India group, tweeted, "Yahoo techies! Want to work on all sorts of hard problems on products that millions of Indians use? Join us."

Maruti Borker, co-founder of and, offered a tweet with another twist: "Hope some start-ups come out of the Yahoo! India layoff. 6-10 months salary is a nice seed fund."

The message for Yahoo engineers: So what if you were fired? Plenty of jobs are available with Indian start-ups.

- Sufia Tippu
  EE Times

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