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We were trying to launch our product a couple days before Thanksgiving and we were under the gun to get paying customers because we had almost no money left. CEO calls a "quick" stand up meeting which goes on for nearly 3 hours to review a spreadsheet he made changes to. This spreadsheet was a breakdown of how we will pay salesmen their commissions and to discuss other perks we should offer. We had no salesmen and didn't plan to hire any for another two months so this spreadsheet had literally no purpose or urgency. We ended up losing nearly 3hrs of dev time (during a serious crunch time) for this meeting not counting the time it took to get back into our coding groove. We ended up not launching until the next week (we were all going out of town for the holiday) and our CEO had a meltdown. Said we were fucking around too much otherwise it would have been done before the deadline. We were only two developers that worked no less than 14hr days 6 days a week and launched an Enterprise software with a full API in under 3 months. But we were totally screwing around apparently. Needless to say, I left that shit behind me and quit.

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    It's still a suspense for me to decide that did you quit because of your past or uncertain future or unproductive present. By my exp everybody who has quit does it after being unable to raise his voice of the fallacy on the systems or is unable to understand the systems which appear to him as fallacies. Either way he quits
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    Damn. What an unappreciative boss.
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    @eatPrayCode I left due to a list of issues I had. From weekly feature changes, to no pay some months, to constantly pivoting our business model. Shit like that meeting really just topped it off. CEO got paid every month while the devs sometimes went without. Because the office was his house he believed his check should come first. If the other dev and I wanted to do it on our own we could have made it work so well. But the industry (government procurement) didn't interest me in the slightest, i just liked the product we were building.
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    @Greggergalactic one true hell of a programmer you are. I am with you and would had done the same. Move on is better and I hope you always phrase it as you "moved on...." and not "moved out..."
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    @Numinex haha that's the best way to sum him up. I remember after 10hrs straight of coding (while he was on the patio that overlooked the beach) we sat in this super hot room during a heat wave and the CEO got pissed because we took a 2hr lunch. Tried to limit our breaks even though we were all partners. Like man. Nah. I've spent nearly 20k of my own money to float myself while we try to make money, I'm not gonna be told when and how long to take a break in a 100 degree heatwave in a room without an AC or fan.
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    @eatPrayCode I still own a small percentage of the company so I'm just hoping to receive a buy out offer in the next year. But it's not looking to go that way since 6mo after I left they're still not making money and still trying to find investors.
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    @Greggergalactic I hope the business soon turns profitable to keep each side of the coin face up (for the time it still has not still touched ground and is on air) and that is the best time to deal out. Because it has a high probability to touch ground if the CEO is on board. Yeah, CEO sucks and does not justify his title.
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