It is inspiring that Uber’s first hire was through a contrarian job description on Twitter by co-founder Travis Kalanick — with a super-fast reply from a then-stranger..

Here’s the job post from 6 years ago:

travis kalanick Twitter Job Description that hired Ryan Graves as Uber_s first employee and later CEO

A guy named Ryan Graves replied 3 minutes later (below) and got the job — Ryan is now head of Uber’s Global Operations.

Uber is now reported to be valued at $50 billion+ with Forbes saying Travis is worth $6 billion and Ryan is worth $1.5 billion — I’d say that first job description/hireworked out. Check out Superstars Generate $12 Million to $105 Million per Year for You for some data on the value of the best of your next 100 hires.

Contrarian thinking, baby!

Note: Check out the recent post we did on Uber Job Description Reveals Largest Talent Rollout Ever

Ryan Graves reply to Twitter Job Description by Uber founder Travis Kalanick

About the Author — Rob is the Co-founder & CEO of Ongig, the first-ever Employer Branding SaaS that allows employers to attract the best talent in the world faster. Yelp, Autodesk, GoDaddy, Auction.com and BMC Software are among the early customers of the Ongig SaaS.

Rob Kelly

Co-Founder and CEO at Ongig
Ongig is the video job description platform that helps you attract the best talent faster. Ongig supercharges your job descriptions through video, images, and other media along with live chat, social sharing, and careers microsite creation. Early clients of Ongig include Yelp, GoDaddy, Verizon Digital and Autodesk.

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