Twelve Years Ago
I got the following email today, sent from myself exactly 12 years ago. A University of Michigan alum was looking for people to join his new startup. I was a little bit tempted by it, but instead just forwarded it to my future self in anticipation of the “prototype” he was pitching becoming perhaps a big deal.
If angel investing had occurred to me back then I might’ve tried to give them some money. (Ha, so I’d like to believe! That has hindsight bias written all over it.)
X-Sender: email@example.com X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 4.1 Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 22:51:56 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com From: L a r r y . P a g e <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [cseg-jobs] Google! Hi everybody. It's been a while since I was at Michigan, so most of you don't know me, but I have this cool startup and we are looking for developers, and I thought of all you folks. Anyway, if you're graduating, like programming a lot, and are looking for a job in beautiful California, let me know. We may have some positions open for summer interns as well. -Larry ------------------------------------------------------------------ Google Wants Developers! Looking for a start-up adventure? Interested in making the Web smarter? Google Inc. is an exceptional Internet start-up company seeking pioneering developers to help build a better search engine. We need energetic, motivated developers with knowledge of LINUX and a degree in CS preferred. Strong coding skills in C are a must. Google Inc. was founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page to make it easier to find high-quality information on the web. The company is based on three years of research in web search and data mining done by the founders in the Stanford University Computer Science Department. Google is a dynamic and fun place to work. This is a great opportunity as you get in at an early position with corresponding equity. This is also a terrific chance to learn about what it takes to make a business fly. We are well funded by several angel investors and anticipate building our team quickly. We were just mentioned in this months PC Magazine with a very favorable review (see http://google.com/about.html ) Check out our prototype at http://google.com/ Send us your resume. Meet the folks who are passionate about innovation. e-mail email@example.com (prefer no attachments) FAX to: (650) 618-1499 Snail mail: Google Inc., 555 Bryant St., #106, Palo Alto CA 94301 --- MAIL ALIAS Official CSEG and EECS mail (talks, etc.): cseg Social mail (intramurals, happy hour, etc.): cseg-social Commercial mail (tickets for sale, etc.): cseg-ads Housing mail (Apartmentmate wanted, sublets, etc.): cseg-apts Job announcements: cseg-jobs CSEG mailing list maintenance (any list): cseg-request CSEG Web Page(Jobs, Seminars, Dilbert, etc): http://www.eecs.umich.edu/CSEG
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