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Re: [LONG} Funding Cypherpunks Projects
Tim and Bob's exchanges are quite informative, and may
their disagreements flower, for, as the solon said, the truth
comes out by hammer blows, not sweettalk.
I'd cite today's NYT article on brokers who find lucrative work
for programmers. The firm featured today is based
in Tim's area, Los Gatos.
The article describes the change in programmers' status
from talented, dutiful employees -- a small few of whom get
a big payoff with stock options, though most don't -- to
free-lancers getting large fees for short-time work, up to
$200/hr and $300,000 per year. Not that all do so well.
It's a nice change from stories about the legal-financial
fairy tales about tough-minded start-ups and skeptical
VCs who never seem to actually risk nearly as much as
those peddling all-they've-got codemaking talent.
Still, the talent-brokers, what do they do that the money
guys don't do better, except perhaps lay on the poor-baby,
let me help you screw yourself on my behalf, thicker,
like all cream-skimmers and honey-pot raiders?