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Wall Street looks beyond elite college degrees for coders

In era of new tech meritocracy, the banking industry evaluates programmers based on objective measurements, not pedigree

New York

FOR almost five years, Gregory Furlong worked 50-hour weeks as a shipping clerk at a Best Buy two miles (3.2km) from his childhood home in Wilmington, Delaware. It was a kind of employment purgatory for a computer obsessive who tinkers with motherboards in his free time.

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