” so he could see the potential for his company. He had to be able to run it on a small budget, with no help from any of his parents or friends. And he asked them about their schedules—if they would have enough time in the mornings to hack together something interesting without clogging up the rest of their day?
His dad’s reply was simple: “It’ll be good practice for when you go out into the real world. You don’t want to get hired by an actual law firm and then realize that all your workstations are made out of secondhand particleboard!”
He knew this probably came across as some kind of weird parental concern, but there were many things Rosa couldn’t save: hours spent doing taxes, thousands invested in stocks and bonds, plans for retirement and college education… But there was nothing wrong with hacking something together on a shoestring budget if it would give him experience working with other people at night after school instead of alone in front of the computer screen.
The first hardware setup consisted mostly just of computers sitting around an open space surrounded by chairs and tables where users could sit down during lunch breaks (and occasionally during class periods). The computers themselves looked like typical family-owned PCs or Macs from mid-1990s onward—some late 1990s Dell Inspiron 8100 laptops running Windows 95 (which needed 286 processors) and Intel Pentium processors; others