Regardless of the outcome, the sheer magnitude of what Mr. Yang has achieved seems to be dawning fully upon him.
But what was lost in the novelty, his former employees say, was real scrutiny.
It is a collective shrug, they say, that they find all the more disconcerting given how explosive and relevant gender has become in the race.
Some of Mr. Yang’s former employees describe a jubilant, funny, thoughtful leader who gave high fives and fist pounds, and sought to keep the mood light — a man who resembles the candidate they see on the campaign trail.
Mr. Yang does not drink alcohol, but he would buy the first round during company celebrations, they said.