Someone recently wrote to GitHub and asked:
Basically, I'm just curious if you guys have any hints for a younger programmer on how to escape corporate mediocrity before it becomes too late. I know I could ask on StackOverflow or somewhere similar and get lots of good responses, but I'm looking for an answer from a company that I'd love to work at rather than someone who may be stuck in the corporate world themselves and are just giving bad advice.
I've written about getting a job with open source before. But this is more specific: who would (and do) we hire at GitHub?
Simple: at GitHub we hire "The Girl or Guy Who Wrote X," where X is an awesome project we all use or admire.
What's your X?