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I don't imagine that information will be shared here in an open forum.

Clarification - I don't mean "hackers" as depicted in the movies.

I'm referring to nerds, geeks, engineers, tickerers etc. who do it for the love of doing it. Not for building a commercial operation.

I personally have the intuition that tinkerers and engineers on the verge of commercialization are the most interesting. The open open source world of completely passionate volunteerism just seems a bit anemic to me, unable to gather the momentum or energy of others around them.

in the walled gardens of the r&d department of big corporates

lurking in private Slack channels and Blind

Why not? It's not pornography, and likely not so taboo on a website called "Hacker News".

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