Raise your hand if you know who Jason Calacanis is? If not, you might be missing something. Why? Because this is how Jason puts out Help Wanted ads for jobs.
Mahalo is hiring developers, either out of school or with one to 700 years experience, provided they are hard-working, resilient, resourceful and driven to change the world. If this describes you, send me your resume and a cover letter explaining why you kick ass. If you are lame, weak and want balance and peace in your life, please send your resume and flowery cover letter to Jimmy Wales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now at first glance, a person who remembers what it was like to look for a job in the 20th century might easily dismiss the above as a type of nonsense that could never really be credible, reputable legitimate employment… much less a career.
But we’re not in the 20th century any longer.
Jason Calacanis, the guy doing the hiring, is a tech legend. He co-founded a company called Weblogs in 2003 (and many credit Jason with bringing blogging to the mainstream. BTW, he sold Weblogs for like 30 million smackers… and this was after the tech bubble popped.)
Mahalo is Jason’s “next big thing”. It can somewhat be described as a “human powered search engine”.
Jason has money. Jason has drive. Jason has his eyes set on conquering the world. The above Help Wanted is 100% serious.
In the world in which we now live, so many rules by which we used to play are out the window. Protocol? Unabashed “explain to me why you kick ass” is the attitude that the Young Turks of the web world now seek. Forget diplomacy… they want to know if you think you have the skills and the confidence to stand up and say, “Hell yes, I have the chops. Put me in, Coach!”
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go forth boldy in the direction of your dreams; live the life you’ve imagined.”
Us teachers, we like Henry David Thoreau. But do we like Jason Calacanis?
What’s the difference between sagacity, chutzpah, braggadocio, over-inflated ego and a go-get ’em attitude?
Sir Ken Robinson?
The rabble-rouser down the hall?
One last interesting thing about Jason Calacanis. (His wiki has some good details.) Jason was involved in a web hoax involving his Twitter postings regarding the iPad just before its launch. In tweets, he claimed to have a “reviewer’s copy” of an iPad – and the web went wild. Hysteria. The iPad never existed but the mainstream media reported it as fact allowing Calacanis to expose the fact checking and verification faults of the modern day mainstream media who published the hoax story of the iPad as true and is always in a perpetual rush to be first as opposed to being right.