Ben and Justin get to work with the goal of relaunching Spark by September 1, 2000 with a new look and hundreds of new study guides. Justin scrambles to manage over 130 freelancers single-handedly.They both eat Bi Bim Bop from Café Avec-the local French-Korean place.Meanwhile Justin arrives back in New Jersey from a brief stint in Tokyo, Japan in May 1999.
Justin asks Ben Florman, a standout Spark Note writer, to come in for an interview.
Ben shows up in a blue button-down shirt and gets the job.
Though they're sharing the house with four other roommates, the place becomes The Spark/Spark Notes' first office.
Justin is given the mandate to post 100 Spark Notes to the site by September 1, 1999.
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