Burn Rate by Daniel Marcus

By Daniel Marcus

Ross and Lori Williamson reside the Boomer model of the yank Dream. Ross is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, battered yet nonetheless status after the web cave in. Lori has give up her upscale company legislation task to make pottery, learn martial arts, and begin a kin. not able to conceive, they rent Annie Day as a surrogate to undergo their fertilized egg to time period. Annie has a number of skeletons in her closet, together with an ex-boyfriend determined for money and at the run from the Italian and Russian mobs.

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If I can get through the elevator pitch it’ll be a miracle. The pitch was pretty much burned into memory, right there next to the Pledge of Allegiance and the entire early Beatles repertoire. He hit a mental “Play” button. Affinity routing. Hardware based XML processing. Smart caching. It was all there. Ross worked it with the passion of a believer because he really believed. Tesseract made the best gateway technology on the market, bar none, but the market was dominated by a couple of big dogs and the only people who’d take a chance on a boutique shop like theirs were porn sites and other startups worse off than they were.

He turned around and flashed a grin, pointing to his forehead. Ross put his hand up there and felt the label. It stung slightly as he peeled it off, leaving behind a sensation of pressure and cold that faded quickly. He couldn’t stop smiling. Ross and Doctor Bob waited in the main conference room at Alto Ventures thirty stories above the San Francisco SOMA district. The table was solid oak, fifteen feet long and polished to a dull glow that seemed to emanate from the wood itself. Floor to ceiling windows looked northeast on glass and metal buildings framing the approach to the Bay Bridge.

Well. You take care of yourself. And that little passenger. If you need anything, call. I’ll be out there in a couple of weeks to wait on you hand and foot. - I can hardly wait. - Well, bye. - Bye. 35 8. Ross picked up a couple of halibut steaks at the Gilman Street Market on the way home. Lori was still working in the studio, so he slipped a Supremes CD into the kitchen boom box and went to work on dinner, letting the Motown thing and the familiar kitchen routine pull him into a place of little thought or effort.

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