Nicole worked for Walden at his company but was fired and created her own startup with Barry. She ran into Walden at the coffee shop and pitched him her project (reading human thoughts). Walden was interested in buying a majority share to back her project but Nicole was able to talk him to buying a minority share and working for her. They were able to build an accurate and working version, and then she and Walden hooked up. Nicole then got a job offer from google to work on the same project with her choice of teams, but both Walden and Barry declined her offer. She took the job anyway and Barry went on to live with Walden.