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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-THOUGHTS LIKE BUTTERFLIES-

July 24, 2009.

With only a few weeks left before the official end of their internships, the overwhelming majority of interns were getting increasingly anxious about their prospects of receiving a full-time offer. Every meeting an intern had with their sponsor came with anticipation and a hopeful but nervous stomach full of butterflies. Every meeting was a chance to hear good news. In reality, though, this almost never happened, notwithstanding the summer’s anomalies: Aarti, William, and Yuri.

Stephen was in a unique position among the crop of interns. He was the only one who had led a company from inception, through hiring and firing, through growth and decline, and had seen the cycle from every angle. Nevertheless, ...

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