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One of the most annoying myths of start-up culture is the notion that big explosive "deals" are sealed anywhere — like over a game of Foosball or a milk shake at Denny's. Or — in the case of's deal to market a special version of its social browser through photo publishing service Photobucket — broached while blading. How wacky.

In 2005, Erikka Arone and her husband decided to relocate Flock from Seattle to the valley because of its ecosystem of talent and the possibility for "serendipitous" moments, like the day members of the photo- and video-sharing service Photobucket happened upon Flock when they "cycled by on their blades and knocked on the window." The encounter led to a deal. [Tech stars make trek to Silicon Valley, in Inside Bay Area]