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Why Valve let two fired engineers keep its secret augmented reality project

Why Valve let two fired engineers keep its secret augmented reality project

At the Maker Faire this week, a reporter with the Verge caught up with the augmented reality company, Technical Illusions and came back with yet another story about Valve's bizarre, but wonderful, internal philosophy.

There's plenty more to the story, but suffice to say that Valve just let the founders of the company walk out the door with a project they'd spent over a year on after they were laid off by the company. It was technically Valve's project, but the two engineers were able to retain control and continue work on the project, especially since Valve's technology was moving in another direction.

It almost sounds anti-climatic because it's so logical, but in today's business world this is a remarkable story.

Hopefully someday other companies will come around to these outside-the-box ways of thinking. They may sound bizarre to business school graduates, but there's no arguing with Valve's success. They're one of the most innovative tech companies in the world, and some part of that has to come back to the ability to attract top talent with their unique internal structure and a leadership that is willing to negotiate with the everyday engineer.