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Irish Pub Culture - Anna Patterson (Cuil)
Date: 11/6/2008
Length: 1 minutes
Speaker(s): Anna Patterson
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: It's a great resume that gets you in the door. But for Anna Patterson, Co-founder of Cuil, the first interview is always lunch and conversation to determine if the candidate is the right fit for the small start-up's "Irish pub
culture" of casual chatting. Her reasoning? If the candidate isn't capable of small talk, they simply will not mesh. Other desirable qualities also include a candidate with diverse interests and with multiple projects on their
plate.

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