How’s this for the American dream? Iranian-born Omid Kordestani (pictured left) gets pulled in for an interview in 1999, by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who’d never hired a business operations person before. They bring in the whole Google team for a discussion, around the ping-pong table in their garage. Despite Kordestani’s suit and tie, somehow they agree that he’s a good fit. Kordestani then executes for five years, in one of the coolest business environments ever. IPO in 2004. Then he sells fewer than 10 percent of his shares (see latest SEC doc’s, here and here), and reaps around $40 million. Sound like work?
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