…e West Coast and it’s hippie weird shit, and learn about it and get to know people who are into it. Because if I rest too easy and just surround myself with the same New Yorkers, I feel like I’m missing the point of these next few years where it’s easier to do all these open things as a single person.
I come from the Rust Belt. I’ve seen what happens when an industry “gets the fuck out.” It ain’t pretty. Communities disband. Generations of people suffer from unemployment, poor education, depression. Stigmas of failure soak into you. And eventually, bulldozers tearing down whole neighborhoods you remember. I understand the need to grow San Francisco responsibly and with respect to the character of neighborhoods. But this disdain for tech, instead of a desire to use it (and its taxes) for good, is baffling to me.
… company in general has actually been a pretty good support network, more so than any place before. There’s the sitting down with me asking me about professional goals, asking about life goals that have nothing to do with the company, but are things like, “Do you want to write a book someday? Let’s talk about how we could make that happen.” That benefits them in some ways, but it’s clear that’s not the main reason they do that. But it does make me feel so much happier working there, knowing that there’s so many other positives that are going to happen here. So I feel like in many ways my job more than ever before has become more of a support network too.