- Udi Manber, head of Amazon.com's A9 search subsidary
- Prabhakar Raghavan, Yahoo's research head
- Or Susan Dumais, on of Microsoft's top search researchers.
A bold move to snatch away top talent from competitors and academia and those interested in them? It's a novel recruiting tactic!! Amazon.com serves up a similar ad alongside a couple of these names, but Microsoft and Yahoo are no where to be found. Reference: Google's Crafty Star Search By Ben Elgin: Business Week September 12th 2005 Edition