Zero To Tesla Confessions From My Entrepreneurial Journey

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Daring, if a bit shallow.

I read it right after this one Woman in the Wilderness and the contrast gave me a book whiplash. Here we have an immature protagonist doing an interesting (but pointless from the view of millennia) song-and-dance through the tech corporate world. Interesting. Daring. Immature. Pointless.

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I was learning that glitz was as important as function when it came to doing well-even in an academic environment. (c)
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So he was worried that I was going to metaphorically kill him, when unknown to him, we had both just escaped actual death at my hands. I never said anything to him about the botched landing. (c)
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Throughout university I was perpetually near the top of my class, with academic scholarships allowing me to sail through my degree financially unopposed. I had great summer jobs, was a marginally competent pilot, and even threw a couple of great house parties in my senior year; so I was kind of popular.
But upon graduation the unthinkable happened. I couldn't get a job. (c)
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With all the payments and conditions in place, I returned to my parents' house, returned to my bedroom, and returned to my collection of Ken Follett novels. The bankruptcy process left me with no interest in getting out of bed and getting on with my life. I liked my mom's food, and I had a large collection of novels. (c)
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So to summarize, I had to pay to start the bankruptcy, I had to pay a monthly fee to stay in bankruptcy, and if I made an effort to get a good job and recover, essentially 50 percent of my salary would be taken away and not even used to compensate my creditors. My father and I were both appalled and tried to stop the bankruptcy, but once it's filed it can't be taken back. In the end, it was going to cost me more to go bankrupt than it would have cost to negotiate settlements. Plus I would have been able to avoid the seven-year financial stain, not to mention the stigma of bankruptcy in general. (c)
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I put together a resume that glossed over Uniden, Nikean, and Novatel (fired, bankrupt, fired-what a track record), and I called a recruiter in Toronto. (c)
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"The French Maid." On submission, I immediately got a call from Ed, asking, "What the hell is ...
I dutifully edited the Excel file and resubmitted it. It occurred to me, though, that Ed had said I couldn't put strip clubs on my expense reports-not that I couldn't expense strip clubs. (c) Ha-ha, I like how this guy's thinking.
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They had mistaken Bryan's accent for slurred speech, while ignoring the two programmers trying to dry hump the giant statue of a moose on the front lawn. Bryan was indignant... (c)
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Eventually I got, "You show no respect, and you should go back to where you came from!" to which I responded, "Sir, I'm from Eastern Canada. Do you mean I should go back to New Brunswick"
 
Then he lost it. "Screw you! I should come up there and take care of you!" And then he hung up.
 
I had the notion that that might have been a death threat, but for all I knew, he wanted to visit me to give me chicken noodle soup when I was sick. (c)
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"Hi Sanjay, it's Sergio. I just heard about your promotion. Congratulations... But really, Sanjay, do you think you're up to the job I mean, things haven't gone well with you running marketing, and now you're just going to bring your incompetence to the whole company." (c)
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"I'm alive today because Aishwarya Rai can't act!"(c)
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Twenty years of work, a bankruptcy, lawsuits, and long-awaited success in business, and this article is the thing everyone's congratulating me on." ()
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