Before You Fly The Coop...
When David E. Maples was lured away from his lucrative job as a regional sales manager at Sun Microsystems six months ago, he left $30,000 in stock options on the table. But when he joined nearby NeTpower in Sunnyvale, Calif., he picked up options that could be worth $500,000 to $1 million when the computer manufacturer goes public in a few years. "Sure, I walked away from some money," says 48-year-old Maples. "But the options here were clearly worth the risk."
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