The toughest challenge facing most new technology companies these days isn’t getting funded – it’s hiring the best, most skilled employees.

Heavyweights such as Google and Facebook can lure top talent with six-figure salaries, lucrative stock packages and lavish perks, from sushi buffets to free laundry service. At the same time, talented people can start their own companies more easily than ever before.

How can your startup or emerging company compete with that?

Innovation is the only answer. New companies have to work to attract high-quality people using a range of creative hiring strategies, from long-term courtships to looking outside the hotspots.

In this report, successful entrepreneurs, recruiters and investors share the best practices they’ve used to fight - and win - in the talent wars.