No, I’m not Talia. You must be one of those people that makes 3 or 4 or 5 times what her salary was, so that gives you the right at being so critical of her stumbling in her struggle with her first job. So let’s say you make 150k a year, and think you are some big shot. Relative to what many CEOs make or are worth, such as the CEO of Yelp, you are just as much a peasant as Talia. You ARE Talia.
Still, you find it easier to condemn her and call her names than say, “wow, there’s something not right when any employee at such a major company has to struggle, when some employees are homeless, when others have to rely on free meals at work (and work more hours to be there for them).” as if you are going to all of a sudden increase your chances of being a 100 millionaire like many CEOs are. But no, you and others criticize this young girl because you think you made it now… a better, superior, self-righteous class of peasant. That’s the point I was making.
Truth is, it wouldn’t hurt Jeremy Stoppelman or affected his kingly lifestyle to increase the pay of the lowest workers so that they don’t have issues at the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, even if he took it out of his own bank account. Heck, he could have put Talia on a team that addressed those issues at Yelp and given himself and Yelp amazing PR along the way. Not to mention that would help in company productivity and retention. Why not? After all, Jeremy was about her age when he invented Yelp, and had the good fortune and luck to go with this skills and chutzpah to get investors that believed in him and to succeed in a market where many startups fail as hard as you think Talia is a loser.