COMMENTARY | Internet entrepreneurs used to be celebrated, even in California, for their ability to create wealth while developing entirely new industries. No longer, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Protesters stood with signs and handed out flyers outside of a Google Ventures partner and entrepreneur’s home in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood Sunday, calling him a ‘parasite’ and a ‘leech.’
“Flyers passed out at the protest said that Kevin Rose, 37, who founded Digg and several other web companies before joining Google Ventures, accelerates the growth of tech wealth in the city by investing in startups.
“‘As a partner venture capitalist at Google Ventures, Kevin directs the flow of capital from Google into the tech startup bubble that is destroying San Francisco,’ the flyer said. ‘The start-ups that he funds bring the swarms of young entrepreneurs that have ravaged the landscapes of San Francisco and Oakland.'”
How is all this money ravaging San Francisco and Oakland? A radical group called Counterforce explains.
“Venture capitalists enable these tech-workers by funding their startups. With the success of each startup, more and more ambitious tech-workers flock to the city and displace underemployed service workers to the cities at the far reaches of the BART line. These workers must then commute back to San Francisco or Oakland every morning, in most cases to perform menial tasks for the entitled scum who drove them out in the first place.”
In other words companies like Google are creating jobs for even the people on the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. They even are forced to use mass transit that was provided thoughtfully for commuters.
There is a solution, though.
“‘We demand that Google give three billion dollars to an anarchist organization of our choosing. This money will then be used to create autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. In these communities, whether in San Francisco or in the woods, no one will ever have to pay rent and housing will be free.'”
In other words, this is a shakedown. Give us money or we will harass you some more.
Fortunately there is another solution to this problem. If San Francisco radicals don’t like Google and other high tech companies, then can leave for more welcoming parts of the country, like Texas and Florida. There are plenty of other places in the country who are more than willing to be “ravaged” the same way Google has “ravaged” San Francisco and Oakland.