My Time at Lehman: A Reflection Back

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Traffic passes the  Lehman Brothers building September 15, 2008 in New York City. Lehman Brothers filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after attempts to rescue the storied financial firm failed.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Traffic passes the Lehman Brothers building September 15, 2008 in New York City. Lehman Brothers filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after attempts to rescue the storied financial firm failed. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Nicholas Chirls worked as a junior investment banker at Lehman Brothers from 2007 through 2008 and saw the firm's inner workings at a time when it was fighting for its life. (He survived the firm's September 2008 bankruptcy, but quit shortly after.) He now works on seed investments at betaworks, a venture capital firm, and lives in Brooklyn.

[Update: Chirls has requested that his essay about Lehman Brothers, which was republished with his permission, be removed from NYMag.com. It can still be viewed at his blog.]