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When geeks get hungry simply cooking an egg will never do. We have to apply technology and learn what is the best temperature for denaturation of proteins. Naturally a regular fried egg will never do. Poached eggs are much cooler and require a bit of manual dexterity and timing. Traditionally trained chefs learn this through lots of practice and heuristics. Heuristics will, of course, never do. Far too imprecise. We've got to get precise temperature control and use modern materials and technology to make the process more easily reproducable. So here goes:
When you find yourself awake at O-dark thirty in the morning working on the mystical incantations required to get varnish, the veritable duct-tape that caches the internet and makes your app seem performant, to do yet another unbelievably cool thing no one ever anticipated it should do - the sight of the sun coming up behind the curtains reminds you that you haven't eaten in a while. Having been traveling the last few weeks and too busy to catch up on grocery shopping I don't even have eggs to poach (sous-vide of course). Getting dressed and riding the motorcycle out to breakfast will surely break my rhythm and destroy my productivity.
I've built twenty-something plus development groups over my career. These experiences often provided emperical support for the generalization that Asians are particularly smart people – and a few prominant counter-examples as well but let's not dwell on that right now. So why is it, since there are so dang many asians who are particularly smart and like doing geeky smart stuff, that there are no innovative software companies that were created by Asians in Asia and impacting the rest of the world in a positive way? Where is the Asian Bell Labs, Microsoft, Oracle? I can't name a single example. Europe's got SAP and a few others. What gives, Asia?? This question never really bothered me or came up until I came face to face with having to justify "Why America" – and found it wanting.
I wasn't always this suave hip twenty-first century tech entrepreneur that you understandably envision I must be. </sarcasm>Before I discovered that I actually enjoyed the business of business, I was a hard core tech nerd. I knew nothing about what it takes to run a business, why anyone would want to go through the trouble, or what possible reason anyone would want to buy any of this tech stuff outside of the obvious fact that it's really fun and cool.