“Charles do you know why you are here?”
he had said scanning my face with piercing
“I’m fired?” I asked wryly. Mike managed a
“You know one day you will pay for your
misbehaviors” the man was actually
Good thing I can get you to smile Mr.
Mike Adewale was a phlegmatic the man
“Tell me sincerely, do you like working for
me?” the question startled me, and for a
moment I stared at him. He raised his brow
as if to say ‘go on boy, answer the
I took a deep breath; brace yourself Mike,
you asked for it.
“No” I said briskly.
He seemed neither surprised nor offended
by the answer, anyway it’s the truth.
“I figured as much” he stood up now and
sat at the table in front of me.
He placed his right arm on my right
shoulder leaned closer.
“Charles I called you here to tell you that
am leaving TMN” he said looking me in the
eye, grinning again. “And am not leaving
without taking you”
My head shot up, looking at Mike Adewale
“Did I hear you correctly?”
“Yes Charles every word”
I sat up
“You are leaving Tech Mandate the biggest
tech company in the country where you
have been the CEO for God knows how
many years and you are not leaving
without me? I rushed the sentence. Mike
Adewale nodded stood up from the table
and headed back to his seat.
“Look Charles I am tired of working for a
bunch of obese individuals, am thinking of
starting my own tech startup” he winked.
“I get that point, its okay if you want to
leave but I don’t understand why you won’t
leave unless you took me”
“I was getting to that Mr. Michael but
before we proceed I would like to know your
There was only one logical explanation for
that question; I didn’t want to even think
I drew a deep breath, brace yourself again
Mike this one is huge.
“One million” I said.
Mike was grinning again.
“One million, in dollar or naira?” he said
Thanks to Google AdSense, Affiliate
marketing and domain flipping and other
chains of dot businesses. Living the dot
com live for so long had paid off, hard
work and perseverance they say is a virtue.
I quickly told him about my dot com
“That’s huge, what do you say Charles, be
my partner, co-founder.” Mike looked at me
for ten seconds, satisfied with my surprised
expression. Walked to his fridge and
brought out two whiskey glasses and a
whiskey, he poured to the first quarter of
each and handed me one.
“What do you say Charles? You and me
partners co-founders.” He took a sip.
I chuckled, eying the glass. “Well Mr. Mike
let’s say I can’t refuse a pacesetter.” I
emptied my whiskey and Mike smirked.
Mike beamed. “I knew you had the fire
Throughout that day Mike and I discussed
about our future company, what to
produce, where to base, when to start,
shares. Mike was willing to invest four
million into the new start up for a start and
so I decided to part with all my millions.
I jokingly came up with a name for the
startup “LOG – Love of Gadgets” and Mike
liked it. I knew he was playing fair, it would
definitely be changed to something better.
We decided not to only base on software
but also hardware, the first of its kind in the
country. Subsequently, one week later Mike
invited me to his house for a meeting with
investors. And everything changed.
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