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?
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.