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What you can learn from Amazon first job ad from Jeff Bezos
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Have you come in contact with Amazon first job ad before? I’m sure many people haven’t.

The success of Jeff Bezos, the richest man on earth with a net worth of over $150 billion is arguably not unconnected to his first job ad on August 22, 1994. This is strictly my opinion.

Dissecting the content of the ad and the value thereof, one can believe that this Princeton University graduate, Jeff Bezos was up to something big which has today become a reality with a company worth $929.1 billion.

I stumbled on this historic job ad of Jeff Bezos on Jon Erlichman’s twitter account and couldn’t help but share it.

Here’s what billionaire Jeff Bezos said in his first Amazon job listing on August 22, 1994, a month after Amazon started

Copy of Amazon First Job Ad As Shared By Jeff Bezos

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 (yet maintainable) systems, and you should be able to do so in about one-third the time most competent people think possible. You must have a BS, MS or PhD in computer science or the equivalent. Topnotch communication skills are essential. Familiarity with web servers and HTML will be helpful but is not necessary.

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

Your compensation will include meaning equity ownership.

Send resume and cover letter to Jeff Bezos:

Mail: be…@netcom.com

Fax: 201/528-0951

US mail: Cadabra, Inc

10704 N.E. 28th St.

Bellevue, 98004 WA

We are an equal opportunity employer.”

He summarized it by adding a quote by Alan Kay; “It is easier to invent the future than to predict it.”

In this Amazon first job ad, Jeff Bezos made it clear than he needed the best, mentioned what his company was into and what anyone that qualifies for the offer is going to gain.

While your company may not have anything in common with Amazon, I will advise you learn from this. If you don’t get the right startup team to work with, your company will likely die before its time.

What is your biggest takeaway from this Jeff Bezos First Job Listing? Share with us in the comments section below.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Emenike

    Yes – you have to get on board with the right team for sure.

    For bloggers, this means getting the right people to set up and maintain your blog.

    Then you must hire a good coach to help you see how to monetize it.

    Doing it all by yourself is a fool’s errand.

    These things are critical to creating your future success as a blogger.

    -Donna

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