The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro
Lauren Smiley
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Great writing, interesting take on how Gopman tried to “help” after he sort of grew up.

I think it’s also worth taking a look at the inherent assumption of privilege of a certain demographic, that leads to these well-educated folks acting like dicks (we’re well off, we’re inherently superior, rather than it was just luck and the genetic lottery that led to success). They work with science and technology and analysis on a daily basis, but seem to completely lose sight of that large-sca;e perspective except when their feet are held to the fire. 
It’s no surprise they get the well-deserved scorn aimed at their smug rich-kid attitudes.

Seriously, does somebody have to experience a severe burn to know what burning feels like? A mild burn (say, a hot plate) sometime in your life and some introspection are enough to understand it. You don’t need to go stand in a campfire. Unless you’re one of these privileged kids, apparently. A 30 year old who’s been working half his life shouldn’t need to be shown how to be an adult.

Gopman is also obviously a salesman (and I don’t like salesmen), but it’s worth noting many of his ideas (all the early ones) were essentially “give them something to sell on the street!”. Besides being condescending, it doesn’t scale. If that (grasping scale) wasn’t apparent to him, it’s pretty clear he’s succeeded in Silicon Valley by schmoozing, not by virtue of talent.

And the guy then unwinds with a 8-month, posh round-the-world luxury vacation. Which makes it hard to imagine he’s in touch with anything other than his inner hedonist. I hope some good comes out of his effort, but pardon the schadenfreude, it really feels the golden boy should have had a few actually bad things (not just a lack of popularity) happen to him along the way.

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