The ad that Jeff Bezos was looking for for his first Amazon employee in 1994

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (Reuters)

Many people dream of going back to the future and buying bitcoins in their early days. Others remember that they actually discovered the cryptocurrency when it was worth a fraction of a penny and let the opportunity slip away. In this case, many Mohandessin s programmers That they override a job offer from a small, newly founded startup that later became a digital giant, offering shares as part of the salary.

ad, Published by Jeff Bezos in 1994has gone viral these days on social networks due to the contrast between the show and the massive future prospects that no one imagined.

A well-capitalized Seattle company is looking for UNIX developersAd titles, dated August 22, 1994, 28 years ago.

A well-capitalized startup is seeking highly talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer online commerce.‘, detailed thirty by Bezos, a month and a half after the founding of the company, which he initially called the corpse. A year later he would have been called Amazon.

Jeff Bezos' 1994 announcement of his newly founded company, which was later renamed Amazon.
Jeff Bezos’ 1994 announcement of his newly founded company, which was later renamed Amazon.

The ad was a challenge: Required experience “designing and building large, complex (but maintainable) systems”, In addition to being able to do it “in about a third of the time most competent people think it is possible”.

Among the minimum qualifications, you have requested a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate in Computer Science or equivalent. But more emphasis was placed on “outstanding” communication skills, which he described as “essential” for the job. Familiarity with HTML and web servers was less important, but valuable.

The main detail of the announcement, which was impossible to predict at the time, is that a “significant equity participation” was offered as part of the compensation, When the value of Amazon’s stock was still far from skyrocketing.

Bezos promised that the work environment would be with his colleagues “Talent, motivated, intense and fun”He explained that those interested should be available to relocate to Seattle.

We are an equal opportunity employerHe added, ending the ad with a quote from computer pioneer Alan Kay:Inventing the future is easier than predicting it“.

After three months of looking for a job, Bezos started selling books. Later on, it expanded into selling video games and music. For the new century, he focused on consumer products and in the mid-2000s founded his now major product, Amazon Web Services, cloud services.

Bezos in 1998 (The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images)
Bezos in 1998 (The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images)

Amazon currently owns the market capitalization of $1.37 trillion Ranked 5th best company in the world, behind it manzanaOil Company Saudi AramcoAnd the Microsoft s the alphabet (The Google). For his part, Bezos ranks third in the Forbes ranking among the richest in the world, surpassing Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) and Bernard Arnault (LVMH), with an estimated fortune of $ 159 billion.

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