One of the repeated themes in answers to What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
was question why Perl needs hype. Instead of separate answers to each one of them - here is a summary reply.
Last year I was at a 'London Hackers Meeting' organized by readers of Y-Combinator Hacker News. There was more than 40 people there (I don't remember exactly), maybe half of them starting or just about to start a tech company, and I was the only Perl programmer in that room. They used everything from Ruby (with Rails) to Python (with Django) to PHP to Haskell and Erlang but none of them was using Perl. I had the same impression at many other 'internet geek' meetings that I attended to (back in London like: geetails, WikiWednesdays - Socialtext of course uses Perl - but it is not a startup any more, and now in Warsaw as well: Aula, bootstrap) but I single out this one - because at the beginning there was kind of introduction where everyone was talking about the technology used, so I have comprehensive data about it. I don't want to be too dramatic here, this is just an anecdote and the summary usage statistics are still pretty good for Perl - but it is worrying to hear that new companies don't use Perl.
So what are your experiences in that matter?