Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Bros Who Inherited the Earth

Here's the guy who runs Uber, which has raised over $300 million:

And the guy who co-founded RapGenius, which has raised over $15 million because it's the darling of two of the most influential investors in the world:

(Previously: "I'mma rape you in your mouth")

And finally, this is the guy who founded Snapchat, writing in 2009: hrkkol0bfxguomo1btwi (1)
Bro, these three samples were collected from this week alone: This isn't a fluke! This is who wins in the tech meritocracy. There are glimmers of accountability: Mahbod Moghadam of Rap Genius was fired, at least, but he will still get rich in a LIQUIDITY EVENT, or a pity sale, or whatever near-guaranteed positive fate that befalls his company. Travis Kalanick and Evan Spiegel are both poised, as much as anyone can be, to become some of the most powerful figures in American capitalism. The views they will bring to bear upon the world, the molds in which they openly desire to recast society, were forged over beer pong tables in basements near Stanford. Listen to how this grown man talks:

The most promising sector the economy has is represented by a fraternity of leering boys wearing their fathers' suits. They should not get a pass because they're "visionaries" — in any other context, this would be understood as garbage behavior from garbage people. Let a wave come and wash away these people so that we may try again! Their ideas will survive just fine.

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barnhouse (#1,326)

The previous gang of "alpha" idiots may have been even worse. There weren't many in tech before the Internet gold rush, but in law, investment banking, finance. No apocalypse can ever wash those mean little boys away, I fear; they'll just come slowly back again and swarm around the money.

Leon (#6,596)

It's nothing to do with tech, the new whatever, or anything.

Entrepreneurship is for people who can afford to not work a guaranteed paying thing without disrupting their life or people who can be willing to risk living in poverty (HI THE AWL GUYS) to do the thing they care about. It is also for people who have been raised with the belief that "Yes, your thoughts are valid! YOU CAN BE A SUCCESS"

It's not surprising that a lot of entrepreneurs are assholes. I'm sure it's always been that way.

KarenUhOh (#19)

How coarse. Ayn Rand would take them over her knee.

Nathan Adams (#242,195)

The only difference between these bros and past bros is a) these bros got paid at a much earlier age, and b) these bros left a quasi-public record of their idiot frat days. Twentysomething bros in the pipeline have always been idiots with regressive attitudes toward women, they just didn't have the Internet to record their awful behavior and had learned how to sound like grown-ups by the time anyone cared. These dumbasses will get there too.

Pulp (#1,885)

Coming soon from Thomas Friedman: The Keg Stand and The Olive Tree

@Pulp : The World is Flat-Out WASTED, Dude

Pulp (#1,885)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose "Charlie, China's bros are running trains and BUILDING trains. If America's bros can hope to compete, we need investments in transit infrastructure and sorority scholarships. As I learned when I talked with Chad Howell V on a tour of his frat house…" – Thomas Friedman on the Charlie Rose show, 2015

You'll only have yourself to blame when #NotAllTechBros starts trending.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

"Let a wave come and wash away these people so that we may try again!": Assuming "we" is the current edition of Homo sapiens, this is doomed. It's like cleaning the Augean stables without first removing the horses.

Anyway, it's very easy to avoid ever using any of these "services", which makes these savages much less troublesome than the sociopaths who dominate banking, energy, and a bunch of other industries that are hard to avoid.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

Also, notice what Kalanick admitted, perhaps unintentionally: no woman would be interested in him if he didn't have lots of money. Of course, this means they still aren't really interested in him, just his money.

causedbycomma (#239,944)

@Ralph Haygood This is an excellent point and makes me feel much better about everything.

holdup!holdmyphone! (#274,038)


Multiphasic (#411)

Well said! I laid out pretty much the same dilevian vision in my book on how to succeed as an internet entrepreneur, Hugging It.

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