“Everything is free. Everything is sponsored by Google. So we have the most relaxed lifestyle possible in our 4.30am work days,” – Alberto Rizzoli
[tc_dropcap]I[/tc_dropcap]t’s 3:30 am in the featureless Singularity University meeting room I’m peering into via Skype and I’ve just asked Marita Cheng to take a photo of the buttons on her co-founder, Alberto Rizzoli’s, shirt. It’s definitely one of the stranger requests I’ve made of tech founders, at any time of day, but the pair don’t bat an eyelid — and in half a minute a robotic voice pipes up from Cheng’s iPhone informing us that the shirt Rizzoli is wearing is called a Henley shirt.
That’s not all. The voice specifies that a brunette male is wearing a white Henley shirt. As tech demos go it’s pretty smooth. And I’ve learnt some bonus sartorial nomenclature. Not bad for a Monday morning (UK time). It may be the middle of the night in Silicon Valley but you’d hardly know it; Cheng and Rizzoli’s enthusiasm for what they’re building is demonstrably eclipsing their need for sleep. That and a looming demo day…
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