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Lean in? Not Sabrina Parsons.

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Palo Alto’s weekly managerial meeting takes place after lunch. One item on a recent week’s agenda is an upcoming renovation: With the growth they are experiencing, the company plans on almost doubling its office space. The managers brainstorm how to recruit the tech-savvy, innovative employees they will need, whether to in-house or outsource a headhunter, and how to connect the fifth-floor offices with the fourth-floor offices in a cost-effective way. Josh Cochrane, the vice president of product development, suggests a zip line. “Or a fireman’s pole,” Cummings quips.

No one really knows what the future of the highly competitive software business will bring, but the buzz among both employees and managers is decidedly positive. Indeed, 2013 is an exhilarating time to be in the tech industry as new technologies emerge at lightning speed, innovative products hit the market, and online technology and digital communication are changing every day.

“Every technology company has to always be thinking about the next two, five and 10 years down the road,” says Newberry. “It’s hard to predict where the tech industry will be…[but] Sabrina is looking to the future, and Palo Alto is constantly thinking about what’s next. That’s exciting.”

Before Sabrina left for Princeton, she and her brother spent two weeks exploring Oregon’s back roads with some friends. Just like in Mexico, they were restless for adventure. Whenever they discovered a new bridge, no matter how high, it was Sabrina who jumped off first. Forty years old now, Parsons still isn’t afraid to jump.



 

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