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A Big Nerd Trades His Corner Office for a Cubicle

A Big Nerd Trades His Corner Office for a Cubicle
Photograph by Seth Joel/Getty Images

After months of planning, I demoted myself today from chief executive to a role where no one will report to me. I’m giving up my corner office and moving next to a young engineer who just graduated from college. My demotion will probably come as a surprise to the 54 people who worked for me: I have merged my company with another company, and its CEO is their new boss.

I couldn’t be happier, and it’s not about the money. In fact, I didn’t get a payout.