The Cowardice of the Tech Elite: A rant
Joel Andren
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Nailed it. Just after we got through another season of videos of VC’s and startup-bro founders rapping; appropriating the music/culture of people they will never fund or hire in a modern day form of minstrelsy. In my 20+ years of experience with SV tech I’ve always noticed this cowardice; people will get riled up about an injustice on the other side of the world in a country they visited during their gap year, but won’t lift a finger to address what’s going on in EPA or Hunter’s Point. Amazing how so many people who have privatized the gains from public pension fund investments and govt R&D become “self-made” when the lockup expires. I’m optimistic that the growing impact investment movement will have an effect, but I’m not surprised at these contradictions.