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The week after Thanksgiving, 40 Clinkle employees gathered in the kitchen of their San Francisco office. It was the second time in two days they’d been called together for an all-hands meeting. At the front of the room stood 22-year-old Clinkle CEO Lucas Duplan, eyes cast down.