In 1988 Aziz Hashim was a freshly minted electrical engineer with a degree from the University of California, Irvine, when he landed a job working on modems for Rockwell International in the swanky Southern California town of Newport Beach.
 It was a good-paying job at a time when the computer industry was growing. But after 90 days of working in an 8-by-8-foot cubicle, Hashim made a decision that shocked his bosses. He resigned to pursue what he had recognized as his calling: operating ...

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