Having experienced the SF startup life, I’ve come to realize that many, if not most who play in the scene do so to simply work on their own terms and to avoid the usual routine of a corporation. This includes many founders who will latch onto any viable business plan. Mission is secondary to business viability. This is evidenced by the ubiquity of dramatic pivots. Can’t say I blame them. It’s difficult to refuse a pile of cash for some half-baked idea. Working for, or founding a startup is a lot more fun than working as a pee-on managing bullshit in some soul-sucking job at a company where no one has any idea what the mission is. I’m not saying it’s right, but I certainly understand the temptation. It’s the startup lottery. Just keep playing with the hope of an upside exit. It starts with the money of course. Too many unnecessarily rich people looking to multiply their already disposable incomes. Startups are little more than dance monkeys for billionaires.

But these kids today, they know about capitalism. They know the system is rigged. They understand what happened to the working class. So… They’re saying “fuck it.”

Russ Hannamen’s “Triple Comma Club” painting.

Hate the game…

I write about EdTech and education, but mostly this is where I rant about politics. On Twitter @prsmith2009

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