Jeff Bezos' Original Job Ad: It's 1994, You're a Unix Programmer. Would You Have Got In on Amazon's Ground Floor?

In 1994, a 30-year-old Jeff Bezos was looking for "extremely talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet." This was when his company was called Abracadabra, not yet Amazon, and before the developer whizzes he did hire would indeed pioneer commerce on the internet. Would you have answered this ad?

Hat tip goes to ReadWriteWeb for uncovering the old job posting.

Besides the almost eerie sense of cocksure ambition and mildly ridiculous demands ("you should be able to do so in about one-third the time that most competent people think possible"), the ad seems to leave some wiggle room for a wide set of qualifications.

But most importantly, also notice that the job came with partial equity ownership of the company. That just might have come in handy about now.


On a lighter note, Bezos' profile links to another ad his wife wrote under his login in 1996--this one looking for obedience training for their widdo doggie.

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