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  • December 12, 2012

    I spent most of 2008 being depressed, and most of 2009 wondering what I would do, careerwise. The problem I was facing could be summarized as: "You've had more than one of your own businesses, how do we know you won't save up money working for us, then leave us and start a new company?" I heard this from more than one recruiter, each of whom realized I was fully capable of satisfying the requirements to work at the position being offered. Basically, they said I had what they called "The Entrepreneurial Temptation."

    I didn't disagree with them when this was posited before me. I could have lied my way past it, of course, but that is so contrary to my nature it literally never occurred to me during the interview process. After being told this for the third time and a third company I would have really enjoyed working for, I left this as a parting shot:

    "The person in your company now who invited me to apply here is leaving you. He is starting his own business. And I was to be his replacement. But since it's obvious you are not extending to me any offer of employment, I will leave you without revealing who it is."

    The look on their face was worth being sent back out looking.

    Eventually I decided to start yet another business, this one was one I would really enjoy: Building awesome computers. I decided nothing I would build would be anything but cool looking and super, super fast.

    Rather than bore you to death with endless jargon that you might not understand, nor care to learn, I'll just leave you with this one thought: Steve Jobs never lived to sell a computer that ran faster than 2.8 GHz, and the fastest one I built in 2010 ran at 5.27 GHz.

    By 2012, my company was doing well, with offices in California (never again will I have a company in that state, and that's a whole other story) Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Delaware. I was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer and was hailed as "The Steve Jobs of Philadelphia," despite the fact I wanted no such comparison to appear in the article.

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