A small company, with few people.

Let there be intellectual property,
but no occasion to enforce it.
Let the employees love their jobs,
and have no desire to leave them.

There may be a corporate handbook,
which no one needs.
If there are patents,
they are not for business models or software.

Let the employees telecommute when appropriate,
and buy them donuts occasionally.
Let them wear what they want,
socialize how they want,
decorate their offices as they want.

Although other companies may share the building,
as well as a parking lot and other facilities,
your people will grow old and retire without knowing them.


chapter notes:

Once converted from a description of a small state to a that of a small software company, this chapter ends up being a pretty good description of my last place of work.