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Alexandria Project, Chapter 19: The iBalls Shall Rise Again

May 24, 2010, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

[ Thanks to Andy Updegrove for this link. ]

"iBall.com CEO Chad Derwent sat alone in his office in Silicon Valley. Outside his open door, rows of empty, silent cubicles stretched from one end of the office floor to the other.

"For the last several minutes he had been staring down at the stack of papers on his desk, unable to deal with the reality of the title of the one on top: "Petition for Liquidation in Bankruptcy." He couldn't bear to look up at the picture on the wall where, he knew, Vinod and he were posed with their first half-dozen employees. Everyone was smiling, because iBall.com had just gone live on the Web. Back then, he'd never supposed it would end like this.

"But it had, and there was nothing to be done about it. Nothing to be done but pick up his pen and begin to sign the papers in the stack, one by one."

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