Summer Business

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I stepped out of the train. People pushing and shoving, back and forth, loud noises echoing down the narrow walls into the abyss. Searching for a way to the street, I too pushed my way through the barrage of people searching for the streets above: New York, New York. Up the escalator I went, briefcase in hand, sport coat thrown over my shoulder. It was a hot summer day. As I stepped into the open air, the confined sound of people conversing in the subways below slowly faded and was replaced by the bustling sound of the city’s traffic.

How did I get here? My attention was immediately turned to the task at hand - catch a cab to Brooklyn for the meeting. As the cab pulled out into the heavy midtown traffic my mind began thinking again how had I arrived at this destination. Some time late last spring, classmate and business partner Marika Wei invited me to her home to discuss my employment with her family’s security camera manufacturing company (ILDVR). I remember arguing with my mother because she would not let me meet with the Weis until my homework was done.

Marika Wei and I had developed Flash-Me, an interactive flash-card application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. The project, which was a resounding success, appeared...

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