All I can say is there must be a lot of people who do tech differently than I do. I haven’t had the luxury (or disappointment in myself) of doing any of those things.
I spent my week last week meeting with government and nonprofit clients and who are using technology to help their communities find entrepreneurial support, celebrate kindness, and apply for construction permits — all from their mobile phones.
Our team did splurge and bought 2 pies and some whipped cream from Whole Foods (whipped cream was more expensive than both pies together — what is up with that?) to celebrate a good week at the office.
I volunteered one evening to mentor other women entrepreneurs and organized a free online hangout with two hours of Q&A to connect a successful woman entrepreneur in the Bay Area with women entrepreneurs who are just getting started.
The tech lifestyle you describe sounds more extravagant, but my tech? Man, I love what I get to do with my day and wouldn’t change it for all the extravagance out there — although some of that extravagant funding would mean we could hire faster to meet the growing demand for using tech to address civic challenges and barriers to access.
We may not need to call Uber to take us home after getting schnockered at some mid-day party, but the tech we do feels better than any champagne brunch could ever taste.