Quora is not exactly the go-to site for empirical research. However, a recent question posed there tapped into one of the major challenges companies have faced since the recovery began: How to attract and keep top talent.

The question Quora readers responded to focused on the high failure rate among start-ups. (Most research pegs it at 90 percent.) "Why do so many startups fail?" Quora asked. As noted by several interested parties who saw the responses, the factor that bubbled surprisingly high on many lists was the difficulty startups have finding top talent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.