One friend was employee 5 at a company that just sold to Twitter.
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They must have made so much money, you think. You like the status update, but you are jealous.
Damnit, need to be a better parent. You go to Redfin to see how much they paid for their house. You briefly daydream about how you once had an opportunity to work at Google pre-IPO. And that you could have joined Facebook right after IPO. And imagine that — the stock price has tripled in a short amount of time. Would that have been the big break you needed? Your CEO grabs you in a panic and asks you to do a quick analysis for a board member.
The board member was base-jumping in Mexico and panicked about something related to burn rate and strategy. Your analysis makes you realize that the company maybe should have saved money on office space, and perhaps the rock-climbing wall and Segways. You realize that your CEO knows nothing about your business.
Should I move to Seattle, Austin or maybe even Florida? You browse Redfin again. Maybe not Austin. What about something less ambitious, like Fremont, Morgan Hill or Milpitas? It would be more affordable, though. You know what?
If you move to Austin, you could somehow get by. After all, your spouse is so amazing at baking. She could easily make a living selling her cupcakes. She has so much talent as a cook, and you could afford culinary school. Worst case, she also has an amazing knack for craft jewelry. The three pieces she sold on Etsy last month are evidence of that. How talented both of you are. You just need to save the money to make it happen.
You browse Pinterest and Houzz for ideas on how to decorate the interior. Is red or navy blue too bold of a color? Maybe you should use an on-demand service for that. You forgot to order groceries, and the nanny needs milk for your kid ASAP. She texts you frantically in broken English. Thank goodness for Instacart.
You add a few squeezies, some bananas and a few artisan cheeses to hit the mark. Especially if you factor in those stock options.
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Almost time for dinner. Your dinner conversation centers on how autonomous vehicles are going to be better in the long run than ordinary cars for a variety of reasons. And something about how Elon Musk handles meetings. You are all too busy making your own points and citing articles to really listen to each other. On your ride home, you find the time to catch up on the Malcolm Gladwell podcast.
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What an interesting guy he is. You got your exercise in for the day — nice work. You and your spouse get ready for bed. For lighter fare, and if you have time, you can always try Last Week Tonight. You quietly shuffle to bed, tired from the long, hard day.
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You check your e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat one last time before bedtime. Maybe you can start a company that will disrupt LinkedIn? They did just sell for a bunch of money, after all. Your last thought before bed: should you switch to the Android ecosystem? But then you realize you are so heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem that it may not make sense. You briefly use mobile Safari to browse for Vipassana retreats. You hear a day retreat in Soquel may be the ticket to shake things up. You download a meditation app. You turn it off.
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