Paid in advance:
“Marcel Dassault, the French aviation pioneer, did a study for the French army that pointed out the value of propellers, and then took over a propeller manufacturer. When he started making planes for the military, he made sure he was paid in advance.”
“The Sure Thing” by Malcolm Gladwell, appearing in The New Yorker, January 18, 2010, page 25.
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