"So Exciting I Can't Sleep"

In a dot-com winter, we track a Stanford student taking time off to pursue his vision

It's a rainy afternoon in Menlo Park, Calif., and I'm slurping French onion soup in a local bistro, Vida, with my young friend Stephen Oskoui. "It's strange in Silicon Valley right now. You can feel something different in the air," Oskoui says. There is a trace of puzzlement in his large, intense eyes. It is autumn, but we are talking about the dot-com winter that is hard upon us. For a positive thinker like Steve, even that mild observation is startling.

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