Incubating: Ten Webheads in a Pen

What will a pack of recent college grads endure to work at a start-up? A visit to the "offices" of in San Mateo reveals the answer: anything.

For two months the company's founders have crammed 10 people into an office the size of a dorm room. There are two computers on each of the four folding tables. The employees wear headphones to muffle the din of co-workers chattering inches away from them. MongoMusic's executives hold management meetings in the middle of the room. A network cable droops from the ceiling and disappears into a hole in the wall,...

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