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Wall St. Stars Join Silicon Valley Gold Rush

One of the country’s largest banks, Morgan Stanley, is losing its chief financial officer to Google in the most visible example yet of the flow of talent from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.

美国银行业巨擘摩根士丹利(Morgan Stanley)的首席财务官即将加盟谷歌(Google)。截至目前,这是人才从华尔街流向硅谷的最明显例证。

Ruth Porat, Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, has been one of the most powerful women in a financial industry that has struggled to promote and hold on to its female executives. She is going to Silicon Valley while it is facing its own issues about gender balance.

在竭尽所能提拔和留住女高管的金融行业里,从2010年开始担任摩根士丹利首席财务官的露丝·波拉特(Ruth Porat)是最具影响力的女性之一。而她即将投身其中的硅谷目前正面临性别平衡方面的问题。

Ms. Porat is following in the steps of other big names from the bastions of East Coast power who have recently decamped to the ascendant technology industry on the West Coast. The former White House spokesman Jay Carney said last month that he was joining Amazon.com, and the former Obama aide David Plouffe joined Uber last year.

最近,一些大名鼎鼎的人物纷纷撤离东海岸的权力堡垒,投身到西海岸蒸蒸日上的科技行业之中,波拉特正追寻着他们的脚步。前白宫发言人杰伊·卡尼(Jay Carney)上个月称,自己即将加盟亚马逊(Amazon.com);给奥巴马(Obama)当过助手的戴维·普洛夫(David Plouffe)则在一年前被Uber招致麾下。

But Silicon Valley has been drawing much of its most valuable new talent from Wall Street. A top banker at Goldman Sachs, Anthony J. Noto, moved west last year to become the chief financial officer at Twitter.

不过,华尔街一直是硅谷大举吸纳最具价值的新鲜血液的地方。去年,高盛集团(Goldman Sachs)的高管安东尼·J·诺托(Anthony J. Noto)搬到西海岸,成了Twitter的首席财务官。

Less than a decade ago, Wall Street firms were the premier destination for young college graduates and talented executives. More recently, though, the financial industry has been struggling to keep growing as it faces a raft of new regulations and a lack of public confidence as a result of the financial crisis.


Silicon Valley, on the other hand, is experiencing a period of blockbuster growth that has created dozens of billion-dollar start-ups practically overnight.


“Smart people go to where they feel there is the most growth,” said Robert Reffkin, who left Goldman in 2012 after seven years to found a start-up, Compass, that is focused on real estate.

“聪明人都会去他们觉得增长空间最大的地方,”罗伯特·里夫金(Robert Reffkin)说。2012年,里夫金在高盛工作七年后离开,成立了初创公司指南针(Compass),该公司专注于房地产业务。

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a top source of young recruits, only 10 percent of undergraduates went into finance in 2014, compared with the 31 percent who took jobs on Wall Street in 2006, before the financial crisis. Software companies, meanwhile, hired 28 percent of M.I.T. graduates in 2014, compared with 10 percent in 2006.

在作为新人首要来源的麻省理工学院(Massachusetts Institute of Technology,简称MIT),2014年只有10%的本科生进入了金融领域,而在金融危机前的2006年,共有31%的人选择了华尔街的工作。与此同时,软件公司2014年共聘请了28%的MIT毕业生,这个比例在2006年则为10%。

Similar trends have been evident at the other top training grounds that have long fed the upper ranks of Wall Street. At Harvard Business School, for example, the percentage of graduates going into finance dropped to 33 percent last year from 42 percent in 2006, while the numbers going into technology jumped to 17 percent from 7 percent.

在长期以来为华尔街提供高层工作者的其他重要学校,也明显出现了类似的趋势。例如在哈佛商学院(Harvard Business School),去年进入金融行业的毕业生人数比例已经从2006年的42%降至33%,而进入科技领域的人数则从7%跃至17%。

Wall Street is certainly not hurting for talent. It remains the top destination at many business schools and is still one of the most selective industries for hiring. Last summer, Morgan Stanley had 90,000 applicants for roughly 1,000 entry-level summer jobs.


Ms. Porat’s move, meanwhile, is one in a long list of instances in which Wall Street has served as a training ground for the leadership ranks of other industries. Most famously, Goldman has produced two Treasury secretaries during the last two decades. Ms. Porat was on the short list of people being considered for deputy Treasury secretary in 2013, but she eventually asked for her name to be withdrawn.


In the last few years, though, Silicon Valley has strengthened its case as the new center of economic gravity in the United States. Established companies like Google and Apple have grown rapidly at the same time that start-ups like Uber and Twitter have flourished.


Mr. Reffkin said that when he was at Goldman, as chief of staff to the bank’s president, “it became clear that we are in the middle of a software revolution.”


“I want to be a part of that,” he added.


The economic strength of the technology industry adds to the lifestyle differences — including a relaxed dress code, better weather and a more freewheeling culture — that have long attracted young employees to start-ups. Compare that with Wall Street, where new legislation has increased the emphasis on hierarchical decision-making and standardized processes.


“Just the thought of walking into a tall building in a suit or high heels and going to meetings where you’re discussing a regulated industry where it’s increasingly difficult to innovate — most of the people I talk to don’t find that prospect appealing,” said Martha Josephson, a partner in the Palo Alto, Calif., office of Egon Zehnder, an executive recruiting firm.

高管猎头公司亿康先达(Egon Zehnder)在加州帕洛阿尔托的合伙人玛莎·约瑟夫森(Martha Josephson)说,“想想要穿着西装或高跟鞋走进一栋高楼,开会讨论一个受到严密监管且越来越难以创新的行业——我交谈过的大部分人都不认为这有什么吸引力。”

As the movement between industries has taken hold, it has often built on itself. When Marissa Mayer became Yahoo’s chief executive in 2012, she hired Jacqueline D. Reses, a former Goldman banker, as the company’s chief development officer. Ms. Reses’s job, in essence, was to help Yahoo recruit new talent and to find promising companies to buy and team up with.

随着行业间的这种流动开始形成,它往往会愈演愈烈。2012年,当玛丽莎·梅耶尔(Marissa Mayer)成为雅虎(Yahoo)首席执行官时,她聘请了前高盛银行家杰奎琳·D·雷瑟斯(Jacqueline D. Reses)来担任公司的首席开发官。雷瑟斯的工作,其实就是帮雅虎招募新人才,并寻找有前途的公司进行收购或合作。

She has led Yahoo’s dozens of acquisitions, including the $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr and the $640 million purchase of Brightroll. Naturally, she brought in many of her own to help.


“I have hired people out of Wall Street, primarily because it was a peer group that I was very familiar with,” Ms. Reses said.


The most noticeable departures from Wall Street have been the high-level banking executives like Ms. Porat and Mr. Noto, who have taken their financial expertise to companies that were started by programmers.


But the more troubling trend for Wall Street banks is the lower-ranking programmers who are opting to head west at a time when banks are more dependent than ever on software and technology.