Tech start-ups often have to go out of their way to attract new software developers, typically by offering such perks as signing bonuses or the promise of free food and beer.
Santa Monica company PaeDae, an advertising monetization platform for online and mobile apps, is aiming a bit higher.
In an effort to land a top-notch developer, the start-up is offering a $5,000 cash signing bonus, a charitable donation to a nonprofit -- and the chance to win a trip to space.
“We recognize that the pool of quality candidates is small and it’s hard to attract top talent,” said Rob Emrich, PaeDae's co-founder and chief executive. “So we thought, ‘What is the coolest thing we could possibly offer to our next hire?’ and low-level orbit sounded pretty ... cool."
But there's a catch (well, a couple). First, the developer will be under a three-month probationary period, after which time he or she will be eligible for the Space Flight Challenge.