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> I was senior enough to be single-handedly responsible for large projects like a distributed search engine and a logging and analytics service.

I'm going to be honest, I don't think this is the norm. I worked at a start up for years and never experienced that level of ownership or challenge. We basically built a glorified CRUD with VC money. Good for you! But I don't think this is the case for many? Or maybe it was just me.

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