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dstone (191334) writes "Paul Graham, Lisp programmer turned Venture Capitalist, shares his thoughts this month on why programmers shouldn't have bosses. He claims "the restrictiveness of big company jobs is particularly hard on programmers" because, unlike sales or support employees, programmers are constantly creating new things and this requires more freedom than a large hierarchy allows. His suggestion to programmers? They're wired to be their own bosses. "The environment in big companies is toxic to programmers. In the first couple weeks of working on their own startup they seem to come to life, because finally they're working the way people are meant to."" Link to Original Source