Amazon posted its 1st job listing 24 years ago — Here's what it said

Jessica Kim Cohen -

Twenty-four years ago Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos posted the first job ad for what would become the e-commerce giant, Business Insider reports.

Mr. Bezos posted the Aug. 22, 1994, job listing for a computer programmer to Usenet, a pre-internet message board. The company wasn't called Amazon at the time — it was "Cadabra," which Mr. Bezos pitched as a startup to "help pioneer commerce on the internet" in the job listing.

BNN Bloomberg's Jon Erlichman first reported the find on Twitter.

Here's the job listing, reproduced below in its entirety:

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 costs).

Your compensation will include meaningful equity ownership.

Send resume and cover letter to Jeff Bezos:


Fax: 206/828-0951

US mail: Cadabra, Inc. 10704 N.E. 28th St. Bellevue, WA 98004

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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