Noah J Nelson on Monday, Jan. 27th
The tech community in San Francisco and Silicon Valley has been getting a lot of flack lately for being disconnected from the cities where they live and work. Protests against private bus shuttles and massive tax break have been making the news as traditionally liberal San Francisco becomes the poster child for income inequality.
Enter Anil Dash–entrepreneur and tech industry pundit–who sets forth some starting points for techies who ant to change the public impression of their industry. Dash comes at the problem from the perspective of his home in New York City, where the vibrant startup scene doesn’t engender the same rage:
[The] two biggest reasons techies in New York don’t face the same blowback are because 1. We have the finance industry to shield us by being more disgusting than tech in almost every regard and 2. Our local technology community has a very strong ethos of community involvement, with the expectation that people who work in tech will also be involved in their community to solve bigger problems. It’s just that simple.
There’s more than a bit of a “well, duh, idiot” tone in Dash’s prescription, but that doesn’t make the ideas any less good. Just a little less easy for the intended listeners to hear, perhaps.