I’ve bootstrapped my own startup to over $1 million in revenue, then sold for an exit. I’ve managed teams up to 18 people from around the world, and accomplished all of this without an investor. It was mostly just me and a laptop, and a small team. My company had 4.8 million downloads of our software, which launched over 12 million websites.
Yet no major tech company or VC firm has showed me any sliver of attention. They don’t care about entrepreneurs who know how to build actual products, market them, and create companies that provide actual value for customers. Instead they fund silly apps to distract people, and put them into echo chambers.
I’ve got over 15-years of experience in the tech industry, I’ve live blogged Steve Jobs keynotes, written thousands of articles, been mentioned by The New York Times, been published by Gawker, worked directly for two of the original founders of Myspace, ran hundreds of websites and high profile social media accounts for Playboy, and even built a lead generation system for a medical research company and tripled their recruiting efforts while reducing their ad budget.
I’ve also spent the last two years working on a developer operations and automation platform with a military grade cyber security with a former IBM / VMware exec, and the former CTO of JP Morgan Chase and I still struggle to get an audience with VCs.
To top it all off, I’m only 30. I was born in San Francisco, and raised in the North Bay and the fact of the matter is tech companies do not hire locals. Almost everyone I grew up with, even those in the tech space, do not work for major tech companies or did but were laid off. Almost all the money from all these tech companies went to hiring fresh college grads displacing the local population here, or foreigners. My home and most of the people I grew up with have been displaced or are soon to be displaced. Meanwhile the cost of living and inflation have pretty much made San Francisco a shadow of its former self.
Silicon Valley today is essentially a lottery system that has little to do with what you’re capable of or the value you can provide, and has more to do with who you know, where you went to college, and what secret societies you belong to.