Monday, April 08, 2019

A few years ago, a developer from Silicon Valley reached out and asked if I was hiring. When I asked why, he explained that he was sick of the commute, the stress, and the culture of over-working. He wanted to get out of California. He had seen Utah, and he loved it. I offered him a job, and he’s still with my company five years later.  

His story isn’t uncommon. When I graduated from college, HP offered me a great job in Palo Alto. But once I factored in the cost of living and having to give up Utah’s great outdoors, it didn’t seem worth it. Many people are convinced Silicon Valley is the only place to get ahead in tech, so they suffer through the long commutes, crowded cities and monthly rent that costs more than my first car. In reality, Utah offers similar career opportunities in tech but a better work-life balance. 

You might be asking yourself: Since when is Utah a tech hub? Do they even have internet access? Isn’t that where the Mormons live?

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