The perils of working on bosses’ pet projects

As tech companies have turned to mass layoffs in recent months, the big bets have increasingly looked like bad bets for holding on to a job. PHOTO: AFP
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For years, working on a project that didn’t make a lot of sense to outsiders but was championed by the boss was a badge of honour for employees at some of the tech industry’s biggest companies.

Google tried to create augmented reality glasses. Amazon developed its own high-end smartphone. Facebook changed its name to Meta and jumped headlong into the virtual world of the metaverse.

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