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(Mercury News)   How Silicon Valley startups are totally disrupting the business paradigm of caffeine in the morning and alcohol at night   (mercurynews.com) divider line 10
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1284 clicks; posted to Business » on 29 Jul 2014 at 11:56 AM (37 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-07-29 11:30:08 AM  
Man, all the coke and heroin. All the amphetamines. All the hookers.

Who do these Silicon Valley geeks think they are? Bankers?
 
2014-07-29 12:06:04 PM  
Exactly.  Why should silicon valley be any different from the commodities traders, lawyers, politicians, or anyone else who amasses a large amount of power while working in a pressure cooker.

Cue the South Park alien that makes men cheat.
 
2014-07-29 12:27:07 PM  
Rich 20somethings looking for the next thrill.
 
2014-07-29 01:09:43 PM  
Pressure cooker is right. To each his own, but I for one can guarantee I won't be lying on my deathbed wishing I'd worked harder.
 
2014-07-29 02:35:49 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Pressure cooker is right. To each his own, but I for one can guarantee I won't be lying on my deathbed wishing I'd worked harder.


The entire SF Bay area is basically one giant frenzy of trying to get it all, and right damn now.  Not much surprise when you consider that getting a high paying job just means you are paying for a million dollar house and if you have kids, $40,000/year prep schools, etc.  Keeping up with the Joneses' in Silicon Valley is a serious business.
 
2014-07-29 02:39:31 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Pressure cooker is right. To each his own, but I for one can guarantee I won't be lying on my deathbed wishing I'd worked harder.


Amen.

I worked for a start-up as a developer (not silicon valley) and the macho "I am wasting my life/health better than you" bullshiat was annoying to deal with.  I'll work hard to get something out the door but I'm not putting in 60-70 hour weeks every week just because.  Glad to be in a dev job with much more reasonable hours.
 
2014-07-29 03:07:35 PM  
Without reading the article I'm guessing they now have irish coffee stands in the buildings?
 
2014-07-29 03:10:49 PM  
Yeah. I live in the north bay and after spending two years trying to "keep up" with people who I later learned were to a man doing amphetamines (I'm dumb, so it took me a while to figure that out) I figured fark it, forget NASA, forget trying to get VC funding.

Now I just build small robots and laser cutters and sell them on indiegogo or ebay. 70% of the money, 10% of the stress, I wake up and go to sleep when I damn please.

"The point is, Mr. Secretary, I don't want them. This household has no clocks. Nor calendars. Once I had a large income and a larger ulcer; I now have a small income and no ulcer. I stay here."
"But the job needs you."
"The need is not mutual."

(There's a Heinlein quote for everything)
 
2014-07-29 11:51:50 PM  

spiritplumber: Yeah. I live in the north bay and after spending two years trying to "keep up" with people who I later learned were to a man doing amphetamines (I'm dumb, so it took me a while to figure that out) I figured fark it, forget NASA, forget trying to get VC funding.

Now I just build small robots and laser cutters and sell them on indiegogo or ebay. 70% of the money, 10% of the stress, I wake up and go to sleep when I damn please.

"The point is, Mr. Secretary, I don't want them. This household has no clocks. Nor calendars. Once I had a large income and a larger ulcer; I now have a small income and no ulcer. I stay here."
"But the job needs you."
"The need is not mutual."

(There's a Heinlein quote for everything)


Darn, I've read all his stuff, refresh my memory will ya?
 
2014-07-30 12:59:29 AM  

bmwericus: Darn, I've read all his stuff, refresh my memory will ya?


I'll jump in because I recognized it as a little gem buried in the juvenile "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel."

Everybody wants the moonshot, but there's still a lot of money to be made by building jumbo jets. A successful ecosystem needs both sorts of companies, but look in the mirror. Unless your CEO's name is Musk or Branson and your co-workers really are rocket scientists, never mind pivoting to jumbo jets, your odds would be better settling for running an Orange Julius concession stand at Mojave or Spaceport America.

I consider myself eternally grateful that my time in the business never required anything more than the legacy tech of coffee and booze, but it does provide insight into the culture in which a weekend project like "Yo" can raise $1M in funding at a widely-rumored $5-10M valuation, while potentially sustainable businesses burn themselves out by pursuing revenue growth over actually making a profit. Back in the day, there was no shame in milking a cash cow; no, it wasn't passionate, and yes, we used Gantt charts and wore onions on our belts, but only because it was the style at the time.
 
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