The Panic Over Hiring

There's not much Silicon Valley recruiters won't offer in their "war for talent"

It's 7:30 a.m., and a two-hour pickup basketball session at Silicon Valley's tony Pacific Athletic Club is winding down. Nine guys and Amy Vernetti are drenched in sweat, their vocabularies reduced to grunts and four-letter words. "We gotta give Amy some s---," snarls one guy. "She worked us over." A player charges straight at Vernetti, a 32-year-old former college hoops player, who lands on her rear but pops back up smiling--and holding the ball.

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