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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-TO BETTER DAYS-

May, 2006.

They had rented out the entire restaurant, Il Fornaio, in Palo Alto, and everything was on the house. There would be no talk of money tonight, unless it was at least a million or more. It had been almost eight years in the making and this very restaurant was where it had begun. This was the location of the final meeting the four of them had held—where these four friends cemented their business plan and fortified their resolve to quit their regular jobs and take a chance with founding a new company. It all took place in the same booth in which the champagne fountain was flowing tonight.

It was almost 11:30, and Sebastin sat by himself at the bar near the front of the restaurant. The boisterous crowd of over 180 employees ...

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