Migrant Coder: Waiting for The Big Hit

Nanda Kaushik hardly looks like a loser. He's making good money as an engineer at Corio Inc., a start-up in Woodside. And his face lights up when he talks about his two daughters. Yet he lives in a modest home in the middle-class East Bay, drives a Toyota pickup and wears faded jeans and old Nike high-tops to work. "What I've learned is that the most important thing in life is to have fun and enjoy what you're doing," he says. "That's what I've always looked for, and I'm more and more convinced that I've found it."

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