Maureen Sellers remembers the dot-com era of the late 1990s in Seattle all too well. Doggie daycare. Weekly workplace massages. Employer-sponsored happy hours. Daily foosball tournaments. A fully-stocked kitchen. And stock options, which on paper, fueled her post-IPO fantasies of exotic vacations and full-time volunteer work.

"It was a smorgasbord of perks; jobs were plentiful and I was in demand," she recalled.

Sellers was forced to let go of the dot-com daydream in early 2000, but like many talented software engineers, landed solidly on her feet at another high-tech company soon after.

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