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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Ashton Kutcher isn’t letting the delay of his Steve Jobs flick keep him down — he’s staffing up an unnamed tech company with Ivy League English majors who share “[c]reativity and taste for aesthetic beauty.”
A member of a Columbia University undergraduate English major listserv passes along a recruitment email that doesn’t mince words. “Ashton Kutcher is looking for a writer to join a small team of designers and engineers who are cofounding a consumer-oriented technology company.”
That writer will end up writing “daily creative pieces that will form a core part of the product” as well as screening “a larger editorial team.” The email on behalf of Kutcher’s start-up is very optimistic: “Your writing will be a centerpiece of the company?s product [sic] and will reach millions of people.”
Kutcher’s previous attempt at founding a company, Katalyst, continues to develop video projects online; the actor currently appears on “Two and a Half Men” while investing in tech companies, once using the CBS sitcom to promote start-ups in which he’s invested. He also has experience outsourcing writing content: his Twitter feed has been handled by employees since 2011.
We’ve reached out to Ashton Kutcher’s publicist about the nature of the new, apparently writing-centric tech brand Kutcher is involved with, and will update if there is a response.
The full want ad is below:
Ashton Kutcher is looking for a writer to join a small team of designers and engineers who are cofounding a consumer-oriented technology company. This job will require relocating to LA, and will provide an opportunity to be a part of the tech company’s founding team. Your writing will be a centerpiece of the company?s product and will reach millions of people.
A successful candidate will be an excellent and versatile writer with strong project management skills. This individual should have experience in creative descriptive writing and be capable of conducting research/curating content.
- Write daily creative pieces that will form a core part of the product
- Work closely with founders to curate content for application?s homepage
- Begin to screen and hire a larger editorial team
- 3+ years experience writing in college (English major or equivalent)
- Ability to take the initiative and complete a project, regardless of scope or complexity
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Creativity and taste for aesthetic beauty
How to apply
- Please send your resume along with samples (or links to samples) of your writing to [redacted]@gmail.com
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)