Smart, technical college students are getting asked to drop out of school and join startups.
Sometimes, the offers show up on their doors unannounced.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Peter Thiel’s team FedEx-ed a job offer to an unsuspecting student, Maxwell Hawkins.
Hawkins is a computer science and art major at Carnegie Mellon.
“A technology recruiting firm sent him a letter by FedEx urging him to drop out of his junior year and take his talents to work for a start-up,” Spencer Ante writes.
“I work for the founder and seed investor in PayPal, Palantir and Facebook,” wrote Peterson Conway, a recruiter with Carmel, Calif., firm Goodwyn/Powell. “I have been asked to help identify the founding team of a new venture.”
Hawkins declined the offer but told the WSJ, “It is pretty good for my ego, frankly.”