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Age is just a number – especially if you lie about it

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Lately I have been consumed by the thought I am running out of time. Because of the coming ecological collapse, of course. But, more pressingly, in the short term, to be named in a 30 Under 30. Yes, to be included in one of those opaque, often random-seeming lists of an industry’s promising up-and-comers that mean nothing and that no one takes any notice of – although, at 28, with my opportunities dwindling, I would say that, wouldn’t I?

Jessica Richman seems to understand, even if you don’t. The co-founder of uBiome, a multimillion-dollar biotech startup selling gut-microbiome-testing kits, on Friday she was said to have shaved a few years off her age – OK, a decade.

In 2014, a Business Insider reporter said that Richman had said that she was “under 30”, but had declined to be more specific. Although it’s not known whether or not this was her aim, she went on to be named one of the site’s “30 most important women under 30 in tech”. At the time she was 40.

Then last year, a different BI reporter said Richman had said that she was “under 40”, which........

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