Privilege and inequality in Silicon Valley
Ricky Yean

I often hear about people having intelligent conversations at home with their parents. I never ate at the dinner table because we didn’t have one in the one-bedroom apartment that I shared with my dad. You can imagine how this translates to pitching your startup.

I could try to imagine something, but I don’t. I was lucky to grow up in a “great” upper-middle class family, and for most of my adult life I have been absolutely horrible at pitching anything.

I believe I could come up with a story for how everything in my past influenced me in some way, how I was fated to succeed, or to fail, and that might be valid, but is it helpful?

What I imagine from reading this story is that the reason you achieved success is that ultimately you didn’t let all the bullshit reasons get in the way of your dreams. And yet this article is filled with a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t have succeeded. Which leaves me a little confused.

So, congratulations on overcoming your past, and yes you seem to have a chip on your shoulder, I’m not sure how this is empowering for anyone else.

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