Showtime At Athene

You've got to audition for a job at this Colorado software maker. And not everyone gets the part

It's 11:30 a.m. at Athene Software Inc. in Boulder, Colo., and job applicant Carl Drews, in a spanking white shirt and striped tie, is standing in front of a conference room jammed with employees clad in denim and plaid. "Today, I'm going to tell you about the weirdest day of my life," he announces. Then, Drews launches into a slide show about his 1995 vacation in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The climax comes when the mild-mannered software engineer describes how he got stuck for a few terrifying minutes while crawling through a burial cave full of grinning skulls.

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