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Weekly Review #18

Silicon Valley’s youth problem – Smart kids want to work for the next Snapchat, not Intel. Tech has become s service industry

  • “The rapid consumer-ification of tech, led by Facebook and Google, has created a deep rift between old and new, hardware and software, enterprise companies that sell to other businesses and consumer companies that sell directly to the masses.”
  • “In a place with one of the best gender-ratios in the country for single women, female friends I talk to complain that most of the men are, in fact, not available; they are all busy working on their start-ups, or data-crunching themselves. They have prioritized self-improvement and careers over relationships.”
  • ” There are no longer hectic six-week stretches that culminate in a release day followed by a lull. Every day is release day. You roll out new code continuously, and it’s this cycle that enables companies like Facebook, as its motto goes, to “move fast and break things.”
  • “These days, a new college graduate arriving in the valley is merely stepping into his existing network. He will have friends from summer internships, friends from school, friends from the ever-increasing collection of incubators and fellowships. His transition will be smoothed by a hefty relocation package and cheerful emails from the young female H.R. staff at his hot web-consumer start-up”
  • “If you are 50, no matter how good your coding skills, you probably do not want to be called a “ninja” and go on bar crawls every weekend with your colleagues, which is exactly what many of my friends do.”
  • “It’s the angst of an early hire at a start-up that only he realizes is failing; the angst of a founder who raises $5 million for his company and then finds out an acquaintance from college raised $10 million; the angst of someone who makes $100,000 at 22 but is still afraid that he may not be able to afford a house like the one he grew up in.”

Forever Jobless teaches you how to run a web business

The best way to be perceived as an expert in your field is to share your expertise. Thus, here’s 80 tech blogs that accept guest posts.

My Matador piece on why finding a significant other who speaks the language you’re learning is more effective than any other method.

Ryan Holiday argues that SXSW isn’t worth it due to it being over saturated.  You can’t learn anything when there’s 286,000 people there all competing for attention. Plus all the lectures are pseudo events made to be PR stunts. He’s not wrong, but its still the biggest gathering in tech all year, which makes the networking and ability to meet other people who are doing the same thing you are face to face worth the trip in my mind. Just don’t buy the ticket, as all the good stuff happens outside badge areas.