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@sarahlacy I like a lot of the articles, but as someone close to UCB's EECS community this definitely misses a lot of good people. Amber is definitely a GREAT pick, but one of the other ones here has a pretty ugly side.
3 years ago on PandoList: Top 5 UC Berkeley Engineers
@KymMcNicholas Only terrible if you treat it as a zero-sum game where their success costs other people theirs. As you no doubt know, PR is a huge challenge for startups. If the show can help give a worthy startup some free press, it might, in the larger scheme of things, actually do some good.
I also think it's premature to presume that the show will be a cultural phenomenon or a negative influence. I'm hoping it will be tasteful, but even if it's not the damage may not be great outside of our somewhat strange tech culture anyways.
3 years ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?
@Francisco Dao What Silicon Valley? I've interned at Facebook, worked at Zoosk, contracted in Dogpatch Labs, and now work at my current job, and there is so much variation that I doubt that any slice of Silicon Valley, no matter how real or staged, will "portray" something that will satisfy everyone who comes into it so skeptical.
Prejudging them as groupies just means that you'll be slower to recognize their merit and quicker to discount them for their failings. But you didn't write about having major skepticism and that you expected it to be poor. It's subtle, but you've already written them off as "tech groupies" - your words.
You almost put forth a valid point - there is plenty of reason to question the positive value of the show - but your post comes off as ignorant and mean instead of thought-out and convincing.
3 years ago on The Dumbing Down of Silicon Valley
As someone who knows Dwight Crow *personally* I think you're a bit off-base there. He's a legit programmer and one of the sharpest people I know.
1961 was 51 years ago, not 41 years ago. So 50 year old laws?
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