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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:07 pm    Post subject: Tales of the Silicon Valley Reply with quote

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Here's a story my son heard a couple of years ago. His friend had a friend that worked at several small start-up internet companies before the dot com bust of 2000. The deal with the small start-up companies was they had little cash to pay the workers but they could give you lots of stock that was worthless unless the company made it big. The companies came and went and guy wandered from start-up to start-up and like a gold miner in 1849 hoped that someday he would make it rich.


One day he looked at his stock management account ( ETrade or Scottrade or similar ) and saw all the different stocks that he had amassed from the small companies. One night he decided to have some fun with the near-worthless stocks and he placed a limit order on all the stocks at a decent amount of money if any of the stocks every took off. Months went by and nothing happened and he gave up hope of ever seeing any money from the stocks.

Then one morning he saw that twenty million dollars had been deposited in his account.

That must have been a one-in-a-thousand or ten thousand event. lol




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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did he quit his day job?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure he must have quit his job unless he was between jobs maybe. Most of those Silicon Valley jobs back then were flunky jobs and not good paying jobs. Workers moved around to flesh out their resumes. Once you learned all you could at a company you moved on. In a sense everybody was using everybody.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here's yet another true Tale of the Silicon Valley. This tale is not really of the Silicon Valley but since the Google workforce is slowing gobbling up much of the housing in San Francisco it is close enough.

This tale occurred about eight years ago, just after Halloween. Someone had rented an expensive Halloween costume and hated to just get one night's fun out of the rental outfit. A group of friends decided to have a former class clown in the group wear the costume for a fun trip ( from Fremont ) to San Francisco.

The very realistic costume was a white and gold Pope outfit with a large pointed mitre hat and a staff and gold slippers. Where to start the fun? At a church of course. The Church of Scientology on Montgomery Street was it. A very solemn class clown / Pope was escorted by his comrades to the front desk and it was announced that the Holy Father wished to tour the church. At this point they all figured they would get tossed out of the lobby but they were surprised to hear that they would be delighted to give the group a tour.

Maybe the Scientology personnel were having a slow day or maybe they had be told to give everyone the tour? The tour lasted quite a long time and the Pope did not utter a single word throughout the tour. ( He did nod quite a bit though )

Now that I think about it maybe the Scientologists did the right thing in allowing the farce tour. The Pope pranksters must have looked really stupid. I never thought the group could control their mischievous selves during the tour. During the entire tour everyone was very solemn. The Pope seemed impressed with the rival religion. ( must have been all that nodding )

At the end of the tour the Papal group left and returned the Pope outfit to the rental shop.




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've been reading a few ebooks about Apple Computer and these two true stories came to me.

The first true story happened about fifteen years ago. I was working in the Silicon Valley at this time and one day I and a few of my co-workers were talking about Steve Jobs of Apple computers fame. Another co-worker came by and asked what we were talking about and we told him. He said his next door neighbor had an indirect encounter with Jobs. His neighbor had a beautiful maple tree in his front yard. There are lots of small Japanese Maple trees in the San Francisco Bay Area but very few real Maple trees. Anyway, one day a man goes to up to his neighbor's house and tells him that he wishes to buy his Maple tree for $5,000. The tree is for a newly purchased home in Palo Alto that is owned by Steve Jobs of Apple computers fame. The deal was the tree would be moved to Palo Alto and a new but smaller tree would be planted in the same spot and he would get $5,000. The neighbor actually tried to get more money for the tree but the price was fixed. The neighbor agreed to the deal and the tree was taken away to Job's new home and a replacement tree ( might of been a smaller Maple? ) was planted. The contractor told him all he had to do with the new tree was to water it a few times. The worker said all his neighbor did was drink beer all day long and he was super lazy. The new tree promptly died because he was too lazy to water the tree. lol

This is how I imagine what the tree looked like.




I'll tell the second story soon.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here's the second true tale ...

A few short years ago I read a news article online about how Apple Computer was founded by three guys not just the two Steves. The third guy was Ronald Wayne who was only official a founder of Apple for twelve days. He had a ten percent slice of the pie but backed out ( the Steves gave him $800 ) because he was afraid if Apple failed he would be the only founder that could be sued in court. ( the two Steves had no real possessions to get sued for ). Anyway if he could have held onto his ten percent stake it would be worth about forty billion dollars in today's money.
The article said that he started a stamp store in Milpitas, California ... the neighboring city of San Jose to the north. This was in 1978. After reading that article I then knew that it was Ronald Wayne that I had sold my stamp collection to in 1978. I had looked up hobby stores and stamp stores in the yellow pages and was surprised to find a stamp store just a block away from where I lived. I needed to money to get my car in top condition for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas.
I took my giant Scott's worldwide stamp album and went in the empty store and he said he was the owner of the new store and he looked over the album for about ten minutes. I had a figure of $500 as the least I would accept for the stamps. He offered me $500 and I accepted. But there was a catch, there's always a catch. He could give me $167 now and a payment of $167 on the first of each month for the next two months. If he went bankrupt or moved away suddenly I could be out my remaining money. I took a chance and the next two months he gave me my $167 payment on the first. I recently read that back then he had some burglaries and either moved the store or quit that business. So I met him three times and maybe we said ten words to each other in total. lol He seemed like a very smart guy though and very cautious.

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