Early in T/Maker’s life, I was working on a company-defining deal
with a major PC manufacturer. We were on track to do about a
million in revenue that year: This deal had the potential to bring
in another quarter million, plus deliver millions of dollars in
the years to come if it went well. It was huge.
The PC manufacturer’s senior vice president who had been
instrumental in crafting the deal suggested he and I sign over
dinner in San Francisco to celebrate. When I arrived at the
restaurant, I found it a bit awkward to be seated at a table for
four yet to be in two seats right next to each other, but it was a
French restaurant and that seemed to be the style, so down I sat.
Wine was brought and toasts were made to our great future
together. About halfway through the dinner he told me he had also
brought me a present, but it was under the table, and would I
please give him my hand so he could give it to me. I gave him my
hand, and he placed it in his unzipped pants.