David Temkin, senior vice president of Mail and Mobile for AOL, told CNET, "It was always our intention to facilitate entrepreneurialism in the Palo Alto office -- we just didn't expect it to work so well."
"I was aware" of Simons living at AOL, Clint Korver of Ulu Ventures told CNET. "Tenacity and commitment are key attributes of a great entrepreneur. Eric has these in spades as demonstrated by his willingness to do whatever it takes to get his company off the ground."
It's not homelessness, squatting, or theft when it's an upper middle class white guy, it's an amusing anecdote!
I heard this on NPR today and it sounded like it was after he finished working for AOL. And he noticed his pass still worked. Therefore it would be theft of services, wouldn't it? I wondered that when I heard it...like 'did he get charged with anything!?'
Academia is much more tolerant of eccentricities than the business world tends to be.
This was my first concern as well. It depends on the contract he's signed with AOL. If there's any stipulation about employee use of company resources, then the kid's screwed. The AOL conglomerate can afford a team of careful lawyers.
Which would've been shitty; what concern of theirs should it be whether or not you're homeless, as long as you do your work and have some modicum of cleanliness.
For what it's worth, for many young geeks, this is awesome. Food and sleep and a home life are an annoying distraction to young programmers that are really deep into a problem. Companies don't provide these services because they're good for the companies (or at least, they didn't, for many years), they provide them because the programmers love them. It's possible they may be doing it out of mercenary intentions now, but once upon a time, when these companies were run by and for geeks, they did it because it let them drop the annoying stuff and focus on what they thought was important.
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