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4 Examples of Risks Leading to Reward

This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Start Up.

Ryan Carson had spent enough time working for "the man" to know that as an employer, he didn't want to become the man: the soul-crushing boss employees love to hate. So in launching his Portland, Ore.-based online coding school Treehouse in 2010, he decided to try something different: a four-day, 32-hour workweek.

Kevin J. Miyazaki
They did it their way: Ryan Carson of Treehouse; Eventup’s Jayna Cooke.

The reaction from the MBA types who had Carson's ear was a chorus of "You're nuts!"

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