NewsMay 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Sophomore Recruited By Tech Companies, Jobless Seniors Enraged

You think you fancy because you landed a sweet internship this summer? That’s cool, but it ain’t being begged to drop out and start working for someone. Business Insider published an article today about College sophomore Dan Shipper, who, according to his personal website, has developed five tech startups since 2007. Given Dan’s impressive resume, he’s been recruited by several tech companies. 42Floors went balls out and published an open letter to Dan asking him to quit Penn and work for them.

Dear Dan Shipper:

Please join us. Consider this a job offer to work at 42Floors. Because you have never applied for this position, this may come as a little bit of a surprise. But you have known for awhile that I have been really impressed with your work.

You’re only a sophomore in college, but you’ve already started several companies. You’ve taught yourself to code, and you are a maker at heart. And you have that rare gift of having a sense of style in your design work as well. AND, your blog posts that reach Hacker News are eloquent and well thought out. It would be an honor to have you join us here at 42Floors.

Here is your job description: You will make gorgeous products that help entrepreneurs find their dream office. There are dozens of things we need built — you will pick what you most want to work on or come up with your own project.

If you ever decide you want to go back to working on your own startup, you have my full support, and I will personally do everything I can to help you be successful as an entrepreneur.

You will never be asked to sign a non-compete. You will be free to contribute to open source, free to blog about anything and everything, and never be required to submit a patent that could be used offensively.

This offer has no expiration and, regardless of whether you decide to work with us, I hope to personally be there on your side in everything you do.

Most sincerely,

Jason Freedman

Co-Founder, 42Floors

Sometimes at Penn, you look at your peers and think to yourself, “Look at your life. Look at your choices,” and wonder where you went wrong. Dan didn’t accept the offer because he wants to complete his degree, but damn, it must feel good to be a gangster. In light of the rejection, we’d like to make Dan an offer of our own.

Dear Dan Shipper:

Please join us. Consider this a job offer to work at Under The Button. Because you have never applied for this position, this may come as a little bit of a surprise. It comes as a little bit of a surprise to us, too, because the position hasn’t been created. But if other people want you, we probably want you, too. You don’t have to drop out of school, either.

The position is uncompensated, but what we lack in monetary compensation we make up for in free pizza during meetings.

This offer has no expiration and, regardless of whether you decide to work with us, we hope to personally be there on your side in everything you do (read: we support you, so please give us a cut of your eventual earnings).

Mostest sincereliest,

UTB

3 People have left comments on this post


By Frederick on May 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

http://www.quintenfarmer.com/2012/05/02/we-rejected-dan-shipper-and-what-i-learned-about-hiring/

Even awesome people can be rejected because their skills aren’t a good match.

By try again on May 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I think you may have missed the actual message of that article.

By RealName on May 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Dan, your entrepreneurship is beyond impressive. But if you want to become the next Gates, Jobs, or Zuckerberg, you HAVE TO quit Penn!

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