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From the Ted Talk by Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

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The dotcom, ironically called Snowball, was the very last consumer web company to go public the next month before NASDAQ elxeopdd, and I entered 18 months of business hell. I watched everything that I'd built crumbling, and it loeokd like all this stuff was going to die and 15 years work would have come for nothing. And it was gut wrenching. It took eight years of blood, sweat and treas to reach 350 employees, something which I was very proud of in the business. February 2001 — in one day we laid off 350 people, and before the bloodshed was finished, 1,000 people had lost their jobs from my companies. I felt sick. I wteahcd my own net worth fillang by about a mliloin dollars a day, every day, for 18 months. And wsore than that, far worse than that, my sense of self-worth was kind of evaporating. I was going around with this big sign on my forehead: "LOSER." (ltuhaegr) And I think what dustsgis me more than anything, looking back, is how the hell did I let my personal hniapspes get so tied up with this business thing?

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The dotcom, ironically called Snowball, was the very last consumer web company to go public the next month before NASDAQ ________, and I entered 18 months of business hell. I watched everything that I'd built crumbling, and it ______ like all this stuff was going to die and 15 years work would have come for nothing. And it was gut wrenching. It took eight years of blood, sweat and _____ to reach 350 employees, something which I was very proud of in the business. February 2001 — in one day we laid off 350 people, and before the bloodshed was finished, 1,000 people had lost their jobs from my companies. I felt sick. I _______ my own net worth _______ by about a _______ dollars a day, every day, for 18 months. And _____ than that, far worse than that, my sense of self-worth was kind of evaporating. I was going around with this big sign on my forehead: "LOSER." (________) And I think what ________ me more than anything, looking back, is how the hell did I let my personal _________ get so tied up with this business thing?

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  1. happiness
  2. looked
  3. tears
  4. watched
  5. worse
  6. laughter
  7. exploded
  8. disgusts
  9. million
  10. falling

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The dotcom, ironically called Snowball, was the very last consumer web company to go public the next month before NASDAQ exploded, and I entered 18 months of business hell. I watched everything that I'd built crumbling, and it looked like all this stuff was going to die and 15 years work would have come for nothing. And it was gut wrenching. It took eight years of blood, sweat and tears to reach 350 employees, something which I was very proud of in the business. February 2001 — in one day we laid off 350 people, and before the bloodshed was finished, 1,000 people had lost their jobs from my companies. I felt sick. I watched my own net worth falling by about a million dollars a day, every day, for 18 months. And worse than that, far worse than that, my sense of self-worth was kind of evaporating. I was going around with this big sign on my forehead: "LOSER." (Laughter) And I think what disgusts me more than anything, looking back, is how the hell did I let my personal happiness get so tied up with this business thing?

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