Uncanny valley

April 28th 2016

The internet is choked with blindly ambitious and professionally inexperienced men giving each other anecdote-based instruction and bullet-point advice. 10 Essential Start-up Lessons You Won’t Learn in School. 10 Things Every Successful Entrepreneur Knows...

A gripping piece by Anna Wiener with irony that is certainly not lost on me.

People I meet online frequently ask what it would mean to move to San Francisco, or the Valley, to join a startup or big tech company. And, of course, everyone has their own experiences – stories like the one linked above should be shared far and wide in order to paint a better, more nuanced picture.

But I never quite know how to answer. There are so many cultural problems here and things we do that must seem absolutely bat-shit crazy to the rest of the world. I'm reminded of this whenever friends and family from outside the Valley visit, each time I catch a glance saying you've got to be fucking kidding me.

But there's also a lot of goodness here, and an energy that's unmatched by any place I've ever been. And a lot of us are happy – people of all backgrounds and shapes and sizes.

Related, also by Wiener: Inside Silicon Valley's Big Pitch Day

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