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ERIC SINK ON THE BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE by Eric Sink

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FOREWORD

Did I ever tell you the story of my first business?

Let me see if I can remember the whole thing. I was 14, 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.

There were no donut stores within walking distance of my little world, so, being too young to drive, I was pretty much cut off from donuts in Albuquerque. Somehow, I persuaded a graduate ...

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