Holy shit, the next couple of paragraphs from Venomous Lumpsucker are even more real
A couple of her friends from ETH already had jobs at Antichain lined up, and one of them loudly announced he was
going to pull out. Which was quite a stand to take. After all, it wasn't only that they'd been offered such sought-after jobs, it was that they'd been offered them in such a straightforward
way, right out of graduate school, with no additional rigmarole, Famously, Barka loved people who shortcut the selection process with an inventive demonstration of how desperately they wanted to work for him--some sort of elaborate hack or prank or tribute- and over the years this preference of his had filtered down to every level of the company, so that even though the whole point of it was to highlight maverick thinkers, it had become almost ritualized, with various third-party consultants offering to help you come up with a semi-original gimmick. If you could avoid all that, skip straight to your five-figure signing bonus without having to worry about how you were going to squeeze a chuckle out of the jaded kings- well, that was tough to pass up, no matter what Barka had said at Davos.
Sure enough, the friend of hers who'd talked endlessly about pulling out never followed through, and the other one just avoided the subject altogether.
Ned Beauman understands the nature of the tech worker.