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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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March, 2009.

Half of Stephen’s shift had already ended by the time he woke up at 1 in the afternoon. Thirty minutes later, he was in the children’s department at GreeneSmart, on his way to find Molly. She was the only person he wanted to see.

“Well?” Molly asked anxiously, as she peered from behind a clothing rack. “How was—”

“It was incredible. I haven’t had to think that hard in years. The people there were so smart . . . 600 of us were there . . . just working, hacking away on these ridiculously difficult problems. It was unbelievable. We were working until 4:00 this morning.”

Even Stephen was taken aback by how fast and excitedly he was talking now, and he wasn’t sure how to stop. “. . . and the data they had, well you understand ...

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