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By Ben Popken

Grads, you've just walked across the stage and gotten your diploma and then you heard how Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway put a billion dollars into Apple after it suffered its first quarterly decline in revenue in 13 years.

Now you might be wondering, how do I go about building a company worth a half-trillion-dollars?

Follow this recipe and you'll see it's "as easy as pie!"

Recipe for Apple, Inc.

  • Take one focused exec (black turtleneck)
  • Combine with one engineer (circuit board)
  • Add a Los Altos, California garage (toss in garage door opener)
  • Combine with hundreds of millions of users worldwide (pour in apple sauce)
  • Suppliers who employ 1.6 million people worldwide (drizzle in bag of cogs)
  • Add a dash of labor complaints (wring sweatband into bowl)

And one more thing...

  • Sprinkle in $1 billion Buffett bucks
  • Beat the competition vigorously
  • Put in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 years, remove

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