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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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September, 2002.

In 2002, Atiq Asad would have described himself as a modest man. He was rapidly approaching a tenured professorship in UC-Berkeley’s Computer Science Department, his students were obtaining positions in the most highly regarded and prestigious academic institutions in the country, and his research in the emerging field of data mining was winning accolades and honors from his peers. There was good reason to be proud, though he would never talk about any of his accomplishments aloud for fear of being too boastful.

On average, Atiq received about one call per month from recruiters at startup companies in Silicon Valley that he had never heard of. To avoid common courtesy being mistaken as interest, he didn’t normally ...

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