CHAPTER32

Offshore Risk Factor

Two bad omens in one day. First, the San Jose Mercury News reported that US students are forgoing educations in computer science because of worries about jobs being shipped offshore. The second omen was a real live college student sitting in my living room echoing the Mercury News, "Yeah, I'd like to study computers, but I hear all the jobs are headed to India ..."

Hmmmm.

The topic of offshoring has been in my head for over five years. During the tailspin years of my startup, our VP of engineering decided to research moving our QA group offshore to save some money. I was responsible for doing the legwork into possible partnerships, eventually settling on three different groups as potential vendors.

Failed. Failed ...

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