The Cookie Lady Of Silicon Valley

A British baby nanny catches the startup spirit

Jean M. McGraw is a 60-year-old grandmother of four, looks like a thin Mrs. Doubtfire, and has made her living for the past 13 years as a baby nurse to some of the richest, most famous families in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Time, one would think, to settle leisurely into her golden years. But McGraw, a Nike-shod Englishwoman, is running as fast as any entrepreneur in the Valley. The difference: Her sleep deprivation stems from making cookies, not writing software. And the 800-pound gorilla she faces isn't Microsoft Corp.; it's a baker in Scotland.

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