Lipot can’t believe it’s already 11:30. At night. He and his team have been programming nonstop for ten hours, only taking breaks to go to the bathroom. He has not worked with this particular combination of colleagues before. It’s the most fun that he’s had at work in years—perhaps ever—and he’s surprised how excited they are to see how far they can push their idea. On a Thursday night, he’d usually be going out with his friends to the ruin bars of Budapest and enjoying their decayed opulence. But his team’s iPhone app seems to be starting to work, and Lipot finds he wants to keep programming to get his piece of the prototype done.

Part of the thrill today is making this much progress this fast—from ...

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