VITORIA, Brazil — In this bustling port city, with its long sand beaches and rocky hills rising from the sea, Carlos Wanzeler is taking refuge from the US authorities who want to put him in jail.There are worse spots for a businessman on the run.
In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d laid off.
Instant gratification” was the mantra of Kozmo.com founder Joseph Park in 1999. “Customers want it now,” he said, over and over again to anyone who would listen. And people did — the press loved the story, and “instant” caught the fancy of a suddenly Internet-infatuated nation.
When I lose myself in typing until my stomach tells me that it’s time to eat, I open my phone and type “sp” in the search bar.The only-in-Silicon-Valley on-demand food services SpoonRocket and Sprig have quite literally fueled the writing of this instant-gratification series.
Stewart is hungry. He’s munching on potatoes smothered in chicken fat drippings, sitting by a long metal table that once served as a gurney in the morgue at the Treasure Island Naval Base. It’s a prominent piece of furniture in what will be the kitchen area for Stewart’s new startup.
It's 6:20pm. The field drifts up towards us slowly and noiselessly. Twisting the burner toggle one last time, Sir Richard Branson looks back over his shoulder, grinning his famous grin. "Bend your knees," he says cheerily, "in case I fuck this up."
Last summer a trim guy with wavy brown hair, high cheekbones, and a broad smile could be found making Whoppers, working the drive-through window, and scrubbing bathrooms at a Burger King in Miami. His name was Daniel Schwartz.