There is an interesting story about the Silicon valley (which is not a valley at all). Once U.S. president Barack Obama visited the campus of one of the companies in the Silicon valley. Most of the employees rushed to hear him, but a small group of techies in the company decided to give it a miss altogether.
They were not at all excited about the presence of the president. “I’m making more of a difference than anybody in government could possibly make.” replied one of the employees when asked about his decision.
They don’t do such things deliberately; this ‘attitude’—or arrogance comes naturally to them. It’s a different world altogether –it’s where people don’t just work; they work to make a difference in the world.
It’s not a place, but an idea.
George Packer summarizes the cumulative ethos of the Silicon Valley – world’s most aspired place in New Yorker magazine.
The conflicting pressures of Silicon Valley—its work ethic, status consciousness, idealism, and greed—were summed up in an ad for the University of San Francisco that I spotted on a public bus shelter south of Market Street: “Become wildly successful without becoming a jerk no one likes. Change the world from here.”
All of this sounds really great. Probably. May be. Not at all.
The pendulum of decision can wildly vacillate between these three starkly different opinions.
However, reality is that it’s an grossly overrated and unduly hyped place. Here are 8 strong reasons to loathe, despise, and hate the Silicon valley.
It’s a place riddled with fake mentors
You can spot them anywhere. These so-called high-profile mentors claim to make this world a better place. In reality, they are fake and nothing more than scummy operators. .
“They end up eating equity and not doing much except just doing networking to other useless people like them. And you know why they do it—they expect one of these companies to become the next Instagram or Pinterest. Most of these fake people are from high information-barrier profession such as law.” Says Pallav Sharda, a health startup founder in the valley and who also has been part of the bay area ecosystem (another popular name of the SV).
They are the biggest hypocritesThey speak something else, preach something else, and do something else. They don’t believe in the level playing field. For them, the rules should be different.
They often take a moral high ground for public causes; but these progressive ideals don’t apply for them. Here are a few vivid examples:
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg did not pay a single penny in 2012, despite earning more than a billion dollar revenue.
“Privacy is no longer a social norm.” said Zuckerberg. But he lives in a 750 acre mansion.
Apple (world’s most valuable company) has often been accused of pioneering innovative ways to evade taxes. It prefers to keep most of its cash outside America.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, advocates higher taxes for the rich; but lobbied hard to evade paying own taxes.
It’s not the case with biggies alone; it represents the collective psyche of the valley.
Few years ago, when Twitter was planning to come up with IPO, it claimed to empower individuals and communities which was changing the world and they even cited a examples of Arab Spring.
However, it blackmailed hard by threatening to move hundreds of jobs outside U.S.A to get special tax relief. This was the Twitter’s way to change the world.
Least regard for opposite gender
Who are the luckiest people in the SV? Those who get $100 million funding. You are seriously wrong if you think so. It’s even more difficult to get a girlfriend than funding. The gender ratio is quite low in the west coast area.
And the reason for the skewed gender ratio: they don’t feel women’s are competent enough for high-tech jobs.
So, if you want to date a girl, the chances are really slim.
“ The competition in the Bay Area is quite stiff – rich, attractive, and smart yuppies soak the pool of attractive women. If you’re not a member of the super successful elite, you might find it harder to get a date.” Matthew Lloyd, an inhabitant of the area, opines in a Quora discussion.
They have shitty technology
People here are often tempted to think themselves at the centre of technology. “However, 95 percent of these so-called startups are low-grade marketing experiments that which really don’t need great technological capability. They just thrive on internet.” Michael O.Crunch, a startup founder, says jokingly.
The new breed of “internet millionaires” focus on huge marketing, and get huge huge IPO payoffs.
They understand marketing more than technology.. They believe in building a product fast, hype it high, and sell it sucker.
SV is a micro-cosm of poverty and wealth
It’s the place where Snap chat turns-down 3 billion dollar for their app. They are like that only. It’s easy to find swanky cars on streets. But, not far away, you can find a city of tents, which is the shelter of homeless people. The reason is: rents are so high that even middle-class people can’t afford.
A violent urban ghetto
Silicon valley suffers from terrible public schools and broken social communities. Its east Palo Alto is more a kind of a violent urban ghetto. Some times ago this summer, eight people were shot down. And the place is just next to the Facebook and Google headquarter, and it’s quite close to Stanford university.
So these so –called Silicon valley visionary’s (they are not people) claim to change the world, but they have miserably failed to change their neighborhood. The local community is broken as they suffer from unemployment.
What’s the advantage of these so called tech rock stars if they offer little advantage to surrounding communities. They are in fact burden for the local community.
It’s a narcisstic place
According to SiliValley mythology, you believe that technology is an answer to every problem. It’s difficult to sell culture, economics, and any other thing. The danger of being in a techno-centered place is that everything non-techno seems to recede in importance.
A toxic and dangerous place
People are not aware that SV is situated on toxic waste dumps. Such was the rush for innovation that businesses have dumped a lot of toxic chemical wastes in the ground without processing. Such was the rush for innovation.
Mafaiso rules the roost here
It’s very difficult to succeed here if you are not from Stanford University. They are very real “Stanford Mafia”. You can still succeed, but it would be an arduous and longer journey.
It’s not that Google, Facebook or any other company are evil, but they are certainly immoral. So, do to still love the valley?