What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? On his blog wanderingstan, Stan James writes about the kinetic energy of Silicon Valley, and how it affected him as a young man.

"My first visit was in high school, supposedly to look at Stanford but mostly to hang out with my cool older cousin," he writes. "Not only did he let me see an R-rated movie, but he had his own startup with office space and some really smart co-founders. They all talked with a confidence, intelligence, and zeal that was every bit as powerful as missionary."

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Did you have a similar formative experience? What was it?