Was listening to a Software Engineering Daily podcast. And I've myself seen a pattern of good companies with a github account and some contribution to open-source.

So, is it a mandate?

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Is it important for my company to have a github account to attract good employees?

That really depends on your company culture and mission. If your company is active in open source, or publishes open-source code, then it may make sense.

If your only goal in having a company GitHub account is to attract candidates, then your account contributions will likely stagnate, which will have the opposite effect of discouraging candidates.

GitHub is a tool like anything else, and should be used for its primary purpose of sharing knowledge.

So, is it a mandate?

Certainly not -- there are plenty of good software companies that do not (or cannot for proprietary reasons) have GitHub accounts, and still manage to be successful in attracting candidates.


So, is it a mandate?

No, its not a mandate. What a company uses for software version control alone cannot determine whether or not a company would be good to work for. TFS, subversion, and BitBucket are also solid solutions.

While the ole Visual Source Safe is way past its prime, you would be amazed how many mid to large size companies still use it.

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