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Eric Sink on the Business of Software

by Joel Spolsky
Friday, April 07, 2006

Book image: Eric Sink on the Business of Software“Did I ever tell you the story of my first business?

“Let me see if I can remember the whole thing. I was fourteen, I think. They were running some kind of a TESOL summer institute at the University of New Mexico, and I was hired to sit behind a desk and make copies of articles from journals if anybody wanted them.

“There was a big urn full of coffee next to the desk, and if you wanted coffee, you helped yourself and left a quarter in a little cup. I didn’t drink coffee, myself, but I did like donuts and thought some nice donuts would go well with the coffee.”

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