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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-EUPHORIA AND DIET PILLS-

June 1, 2009.

Two-wheeled razor scooter, flames painted on the handles, driven by an unidentified emaciated Indian guy with really big hair—heading straight for the table. He stopped inches from Kohan’s boots and smiled as he looked over the cowboy. Without dismounting the scooter, he said, “I’m Jaan Ramamurthi—your sponsor. Follow me.”

If there was such a thing as “royalty” in the data-mining community, Jaan Ramamurthi certainly qualified for that distinction. Although there may be fewer people in the world who recognized Jaan compared to the other more widely known royals found in castles and the tabloids, the respect his name evoked at this table certainly rivaled the respect any royal hoped to receive. Of the four, ...

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