"Do you know that you're amongst the very best, but can't find a company that appreciates you or gives you the opportunity you deserve?" So begins Mahalo's come-on to developers. The bulldog-powered search engine just laid off a large chunk of its staff, including some developers. Why is it hiring more? We're sure Jason Calacanis, Mahalo's voluble CEO, has some entertaining spin, which we'll let him add it in the comments. But since his HR department didn't stamp the Craigslist posting with "DO NOT REPRINT," as Calacanis is known to do with his emails, we're republishing it below.

Developers/Senior Developers (Santa Monica) Reply to: job-894125901@craigslist.org [?] Date: 2008-10-26, 10:07AM PDT Do you know that you're amongst the very best, but can't find a company that appreciates you or gives you the opportunity you deserve? Mahalo.com is a human-powered search engine. It is one of the hottest startups on the planet right now. We're well-funded by the same people that backed Google, Yahoo and YouTube (Sequoia), a well as Newscorp, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk (Paypal) and CBS. Our human-curated results are the very best starting page for any topic you can think of, blowing away machine-only search engines. And our growth curve has been phenomenal: this coming year ought to be downright amazing. We're looking for top-notch Developers and Senior Developers to get us to the next level. Skills we're looking for include the following (you should have a subset of these, all are not required): * Python, PHP * C/C++, Java * MySQL * Familiarity with MediaWiki * memcache, squid * Strong command of PHP5 * Familiar with general Internet technologies including HTML, XML, Javascript, HTTP, CSS, cookies, etc. * Knowledge and experience in Apache, MySQL, Linux Bonus: * Hadoop / Hbase * Lucene * Nutch * Spread You are a HANDS ON implementor, a get-it-done kind of developer. The right person is a self starter with the "general get it factor". You work well with a team of like-minded engineers, and have a genuine desire for excellence. We work with cutting-edge technologies. You will learn more here in a month than most companies will teach in a year. Although we work hard, we offer a laid-back environment, competitive salary, benefits and stock options. This is a potentially life-changing opportunity — the kind that is usually only available in Silicon Valley, and is extremely rare in Southern California. If you're excellent, we invite you to come join us. Please send a RESUME. Location: Santa Monica Compensation: Commensurate with experience + Options Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster. Please, no phone calls about this job! Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests. PostingID: 894125901