I used to believe in the economic ladder of success but now I realize that in fact what we have is the caste system ladder that was created by the Aryans in Ancient India to ensure structure and order in society. And of course it is not ironic that the largest mobile society and influences in everything from bankers, to technology are immigrants from India.
Well if you can't change it there move here and up the ladder. And of course it is the same people in those communities that draw these people in and up their ladder and in turn actually replicate that policy set up centuries ago that prohibited such movement. How can you ensure your place and maintain it without making sure that all the rungs are full with those who look, think and talk like you. And you thought the cable news was the only one guilty of the lather rinse repeat cycle?
The appeal is basic - you can move here and make it here and move on, up is irrelevant as cash buys a rung up and then its more cash that keeps you there. YOU as in YOU, helping others and building businesses and "saving the world" notsomuch. As the quotes from these two exemplify:
Julian Garcia, a programmer from Chile who was building a tool for marketers to target potential customers by location, explained his view of the Valley. “Here, you build something incredible, in two years, you get acquired.”Aditya Sahay, the founder of a men’s fashion site, from India, retorted, “Even if you build something not incredible, you still get acquired — in four months!”
The tech sector is now the nirvana to all the world problems and solutions. No accident that the mantra of the set is "change the world." Again all things stolen from Ancient India - the concept of Nirvana was the reason Siddhartha meditated to resolve all the worlds problems and end the suffering and sorrow he felt was the source of all world's problems. And clearly he did not know anyone in the tech sector, those Vedas were gurus of a different kind. Study Ancient India and you will find many similarities to what began over 2,000 years ago. Its all the same but different. No group knows how to borrow, steal and use what they "find" and sell it like these our new PT Barnum's aka the Tech Sector, of the economic circus.
There is the article below discussing the affects of the echo chamber. I have highlighted what I thought were particularly telling comments. And this is on the tail of the New Yorker article on Silicon Valley that has had many tongues wagging in their valley speak way. I suspect it is a language cross between some type of Dothrakian and Gates/Jobsian nastiness of which they were both known for in their day. Nothing says collaboration and cooperation when done so in a demeaning, abusive and derogatory manner.
And of course now the truth of the transparency industry has come to light with the cooperation by the very industry that professes to 'hack' or whatever absurdity that Zuckerberg and company espouse are actually co-conspirators in not only collecting your personal data for their personal wealth but for the Government. You know the ones when it needed something from them it was better to join them versus to fight them, so they took out a club membership and paid they did. Lobbying is a nice gig frankly, I would prefer that one over most any day.
Even Canada is now courting those who can write an app for that to migrate there if the heavily lobbied for Immigration bill favoring silicon valley (I mean really isn't that all that really matters?) fails to pass. Well the Dream Act a viable Immigration reform act (that cares about the ordinary laborer), Gun reform and Gay marriage are nowhere near as important as getting coders and developers to work for less wages and benefits. And cut out that middleman as it is Tata, the Indian agency, who will lose business as they no longer control the market. Ah the irony. Cheap labor insourced baby! And American history is littered with that concept - and we have had wars to laws to change, update and repair it. Call it whatever you want but look who grew our crops, tended our fields and built our railroads and the countries and peoples "imported" to do so. We built it alright.
The focus on the Asian/SE Asian corridor is not about the lack of skills and abilities of American workers it is about like hiring like. The echo chamber is not about diversity it is about self image and preservation of the status quo. But no one says the truth as it sound racist, classicist and elitist. Take a look at the surnames of those charged in varying inside crimes and misdemeanors on Wall Street, Steve Cohen, Jamie Dimon and other white male establishment stay clear but ask those who have not been so lucky. It is was it is.. those who know each other hire each other, regardless of class, color or gender. The phrase "inside job" takes on many meanings.
Disruptions: The Echo Chamber of Silicon Valley
By NICK BILTON
In San Francisco, a bad habit can be the spark that leads to starting a company.
Mike Belshe and Bill Lee were continually running late for meetings and texting each other: “I’ll be there in 5 mins!” So they created Twist, a 10-person start-up in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. The company’s first product is a smartphone app that helps you tell someone you’re late by showing your location on a map. Investors liked the idea enough to give Twist $6 million in venture financing last year.
“We thought there had to be something better than sending a text message,” Mr. Belshe said in a phone interview. “We were trying to tackle that problem of meeting up and making it easier.”
Is Twist a great idea, or are Mr. Belshe and Mr. Lee falling into a local propensity for creating a product for technophile friends rather than the public?
Sometimes, Hollywood screenwriters create scripts filled with inside jokes that only people in Hollywood could appreciate. Sometimes, New York media writers write about other New York media writers. And sometimes, tech entrepreneurs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to the south create companies best appreciated by other people who live and breathe technology.
Twist is hardly the only start-up whose target audience does not seem to extend far from San Francisco Bay. Among many, there’s BlackJet, which offers “affordable private jet” solutions for people in the area. And there’s Swig, which connects people with local liquor stores that provide home deliveries.
“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that we are guilty in the Valley of designing things for ourselves, and we are not the target market,” said Andy Smith, who is the co-author of “The Dragonfly Effect,” a book about marketing, technology and entrepreneurship.
Engineers tend to move to the Bay Area because of the opportunity to get together with other engineers and, just maybe, create a great company, Mr. Smith said. But in a region that has the highest concentration of tech workers in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the bars, restaurants and other haunts of entrepreneurs can be an echo chamber. The result can be a focus on solutions for mundane problems.
“Some of the start-ups being created are designed for people who have rung the cash register already,” Mr. Smith said. “They are not necessarily bad ideas but they are not the ideas the world needs more.”
As George Packer wrote in The New Yorker last week: “Life inside Silicon Valley can be a paradise (for its winners) of opportunity and reward. Meanwhile, life outside falls further and further behind.” Mr. Packer’s critique started a new round of hand-wringing in the industry among people who worry that they are, well, thinking small.
That’s not to say there aren’t still people thinking about big markets. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, which sells electric cars that can cost more than $100,000, said last week at the D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that he hoped to offer a $30,000 version of the car in the next five years. Mr. Musk is also working on SpaceX, which is already taking cargo to the International Space Station and which he hopes will one day take regular people (or at least regular rich people) into outer space.
But too often, says Jason Pontin, the editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, these start-ups are solving “fake problems that don’t actually create any value.” Mr. Pontin knows a thing or two about companies that aren’t exactly reaching for the stars. From 1996 to 2002, he was the editor of Red Herring, a magazine in San Francisco that chronicled the region’s dot-com boom and eventual collapse.
Still, some companies that start out with Silicon Valley in mind have shown they can adapt to the rest of society. Take Uber, which began in the San Francisco area as an online service meant to shuffle the affluent around in fancy town cars. As the company has expanded to other cities, it has created less expensive options for customers.
Even the founders of Twist see a future beyond informing their friends that they are five minutes late. Mr. Belshe said Twist planned to offer a version of the app that can give users the “estimated time of arrival for your packages, too.”
Just as Facebook is synonymous with relationships, and Google is synonymous with search, Mr. Belshe said he hoped Twist could be the essential company for people who want to know the estimated arrival time for any number of things.
“When you’re a start-up, it doesn’t matter if you have it all figured out,” said Mr. Belshe, who has worked for Google and previously sold a software company to Microsoft. “It matters that you have some large opportunities.” Mr. Lee, his co-founder, is also an industry veteran.
And if the company flops, that’s fine, because most start-ups do.
“One of perhaps the most compelling things about Silicon Valley is that it is a place where you can fail, and if you do, you can raise money and try again,” said Mark Leslie, a retired entrepreneur and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “It’s a miraculous place; the streets are lined with gold here.”