Digital Divide?

Other Differences

Work styles and employee expectations may also differ from coast to coast. In spite of former stereotypes about West Coasters being more laid back, Chiruvolu was impressed by how quickly West Coast entrepreneurs work: "New York people work more hours, but West coast people have a better network and are able to accomplish more."

At the same time, while Western employees may also move fast and work long hours, they're also less likely to remain loyal to their companies, primarily because the competition for technical staff is far more stiff in the Valley than in the Alley. "The packages are more aggressive in Silicon Valley because it's a fierce recruiting environment," says Dimitri Boylan, COO of Ltd. in New York City.

Candidates from the two regions are also looking for different kinds of packages, says Boylan. West Coast candidates are likely to demand options from companies they assume will make them rich. East Coast job seekers, on the other hand, are more focused on high salaries. He says this is partly because people on the West Coast can see the wealth that such options have brought to many area residents, which is not as evident in the East.

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This article was originally published in the December 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Digital Divide?.

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