April News

Embedded Software Jobs Worth Trillions of Dollars Available!

15th April, 2011: Rotors Pressed Wire News Agency, Inc.—
Rumours of embedded software positions being offered in Zimbabwe have been denied, however, an embedded developer collegue recently returned with a 100 trillion Zim dollars for a few hours of work. He said that he had to work for hundreds of hours in the USA for only US$10,000, so it appears that the Zimbabwean economy is on the mend. It is also one of the few countries outside of the Pacific Rim where embedded developers flourish, or even receive large salaries. The EE Times and other embedded related websites have been lamenting the demise of embedded positions, but it seems that outsourced work is surfacing in sub-Saharan Africa where the pace of life has changed little in our lifetime. The weekends away from the laptop can be spent at any of the hundreds of game parks (no, not pokey machines), or even a visit to Victoria Falls—really worth considering a couple of thousand lines of code in exchange for a visit and a couple of trillion dollars.

100 trillion dollar note

According to a CNBC.com site “The Worst Hyperinflation Situations of All Time”, was in November, 2008, when the highest monthly inflation was approximately 79 billion percent in Zimbabwe, with prices doubling every 24,7 hours. Surprisingly, the article never mentioned that they have some of the world's lowest levels of foreign debt.

venture capital stacks

Venture Capital Zimbabwe style.

Zimbabwe-based embedded developers do not have many boxes they have to tick, so the level of job satisfaction is one of the highest in the world where people worship keyboards and screens. We certainly have not seen any articles coming out of Zimbabwe about software developers complaining like their overseas counterparts.

Which brings up another development: — A hardware specialist, who spoke to us on condition that we did not mention which company he worked for, said that they were going to start recruiting some the the retrenched PCB CAD experts from a Sydney based Australian company who used to sell software for thousands of dollars on a DVD costing tens of dollars including shipping. Apparently, the company was relocating their R&D to China, but he said, “Why not to Zimbabwe?”. If money was the issue, then Zimbabwe with their trillions of dollars would certainly be the place to go to. He did not expect the move to affect their CAD office as they were now going to migrate to another product during the period of uncertainty while the past employees try to discover their entreprenuerial spirit and produce a competing product. If they remain in Australia, then they might not gain access to the trillions in venture capital accounts looking for good talent.