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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