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The Children’s Crusade

The Children’s Crusade

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
Hachette Books, 267 pages, $13.99 (Kindle edition)

In 1995, 33 years old, I joined Visioneer, in Palo Alto. At that time the company had about sixty employees. I was hired as the manager of an already staffed software quality assurance team (SQA) of seven engineers – mostly men, one woman. Visioneer was similar to the companies where I had previously worked1Ashton Tate, Intuit, and Frame … Continue reading : it produced business application software, and in this case also hardware: scanners. Three of my engineers, men, were easily twenty years older than me, in their fifties or older , and this was a first: at my previous job as an SQA manager, my direct reports has all been only a few years older or younger than me. Because of this age difference, I proceeded a little differently, but as I got to know them, I was quite glad they were on my team: they were experienced, competent, sceptical, and very irreverent. Continue Reading

References

↑ 1. Ashton Tate, Intuit, and Frame Technology
Apéro, Bac, Chéquier – a guide to life in France

Apéro, Bac, Chéquier – a guide to life in France

Pardon My French by Charles Timoney Penguin, 233 pp., £8.99 2007 Even before France was France, outsiders have been traveling here and then writing about their experiences. Unintentionally and at a time when I had no interest in France, I read one of the earlier books in this genre: in Charles Joyce’s first year Latin class,… Continue Reading