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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-NEGOTIATIONS AND HERDING CATS-

July 13, 2009.

“How are you enjoying being a manager, Jaan?” Atiq asked over a boiling cup of milky Teh Tarik—pulled, frothy, black tea—made by special request for Atiq by one of Ubatoo’s sous-chefs from Malaysia.

With the countless recruiting trips and press interviews, it had been several weeks since Jaan and Atiq had a chance for their usual one-on-one meetings. “Managing is not for me, Atiq. I don’t know how you do it. Personally, I’d rather be left alone. I’ve been working on my new project for a month now, but being a manager is really slowing it down,” Jaan replied.

“What project is this? Completing Touchpoints, I hope?”

“Nope, it’s brand new. I’ve been thinking about where our next breakthrough will come ...

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