Close to the machine

Ellen Ullman

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It has occurred to me that if people really knew how software got written, I’m not sure if they’d give their money to a bank or get on an airplane ever again.
When the humans come back to talk changes, I can just run the program. Show them: Here. Look at this. See? This is not just talk. This runs. Whatever you might say, whatever the consequences, all you have are words and what I have is this, this thing I’ve built, this operational system. Talk all you want, but this thing here: it works.
Once we were impressed by buildings; now we are impressed by virtual on-line spaces
If you’re not terrified in this profession, you really don’t know what you’re doing.
One VC proposed a toast. “Work hard!” he exclaimed. Another raised his glass. “Work long hours!” he said.