Originally posted on VentureBeat:
Quixey is an app discovery engine with a problem, and it’s not just the odd name.
Like many startups, Quixey’s key issue is finding talent — great talent. The Palo Alto-based company, founded in 2009, has to compete with the likes of Facebook, Apple, and Zynga for top engineering employees in an extremely hot job market filled with engineers.
So how does the company make sure it hires the best people for the job without wasting time on the wrong applicants? By playing games.
Top engineers, goes the theory, are smart. And they enjoy solving puzzles. So Quixey separates the sheep from the goats with a series of puzzles. Hopeful job-seekers sign up for a Quixey Challenge username and then attempt to solve a series of problems.
Here’s an example of a Quixey question:
Longest Common Subsequence
Calculates the longest subsequence common to the two input strings. (A subsequence is…
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