To Those In-Demand Engineers: Look for a Job Posting Like This

Startups are recruiting aggressively in New York, and local engineers must have a hard time choosing.

Pressure to make the right bet is high.

Etsy or Tumblr? GroupMe or Gilt Groupe?

What if you pass on the next Facebook in favor of the next… we don’t know. MyKinda?

Here’s an apparently legitimate job posting from 1994, unearthed by Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb (originally posted on a question on the question-and-answer site Quora): “Well-capitalized startup seeks extremely talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet.”

The ad says:

Well-capitalized start-up seeks extremely talented C/C++/Unix
developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet. You must have
experience designing and building large and complex (yet maintainable)
systems, and you should be able to do so in about one-third the time
that most competent people think possible. You should have a BS, MS,
or PhD in Computer Science or the equivalent. Top-notch communication
skills are essential. Familiarity with web servers and HTML would be
helpful but is not necessary.

Expect talented, motivated, intense, and interesting co-workers. Must
be willing to relocate to the Seattle area (we will help cover moving

Your compensation will include meaningful equity ownership.

Send resume and cover letter to Jeff Bezos:

mail: be…
fax: 206/828-0951
US mail: Cadabra, Inc.
10704 N.E. 28th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

We are an equal opportunity employer.

“It’s easier to invent the future than to predict it.” — Alan Kay

The ad, archived by Google, was for a company started by Jeff Bezos called Abracadabra, which relaunched as

“Meaningful equity ownership” in an ecommerce company. Would you have bit?

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