I totally trolled a high-frequency trading headhunter!

Like many Google engineers, I regularly get recruiting e-mails from high-frequency traders.  After one I got back in October, +Jade Wang suggested an alternative pitch which these guys should be using which I thought was just so good, I had to actually suggest it to the guy.  So I replied as follows:

This morning my girlfriend suggested an alternative pitch that you guys should use that I think would be a lot more effective:

"You know those highly-paid douchebags on wall street who make all their money gaming the stock market?  We want you to make robots that replace them and put them out of work.  Robot douchebags."

Seriously, geeks love that kind of language.  Making robots is awesome!  Taking down arrogant rich guys, also awesome!  And this pitch completely turns the tables on people who would never do HFT because they see it as just skimming money off the stock market -- now you're offering them a chance to destroy the people who skim money off the stock market (by doing it better).

As for me, I have my own plans to pursue, and they don't involve algorithmic trading.  Sorry.

Now, I didn't expect him to actually use it.  I mean, it's ridiculous, right?  Amazingly, though, shortly thereafter, some of my coworkers started getting this:

Hi [name],
I wanted to reach out to you regarding a number of searches I am working on for my client(leading quantitative trading company in US that manage several billion of dollars).
Cutting to the chase you know those highly-paid douche bags on wall street who make all their money gaming the stock market? I would be interested in speaking to you about making robots that replace them and put them out of work; I guess these would be called robot douche bags.
I would be keen to discuss more about the compensation and types of roles(programming tools used) within the company at a convenient time, to give you a quick idea they are able to cover outstanding stock and offer extremely attractive packages including base, sign-on and guaranteed bonus all delivered in cash rather than stock options.
Let me know what number I can reach you on at a convenient time?
Many thanks,

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