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Silicon Valley is Like High School

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The quote of the week (at least in my world) was from one of the CEO’s I work with regarding Silicon Valley.  After a short trip to the bay area, he told wrote me a quick email that said “I love coming out here. It’s like high school but with money instead of girls.”  That reminded me of a line that a fellow bay area VC dropped on me at lunch last month “Just remember – Silicon Valley isn’t America and VC’s aren’t really people.”

  • http://cardboard.typepad.com Zaid Farooqui

    Makes a lot of sense:)

    Hopefully VCs in nature are a tad bit more rational than girls.

    -Zaid

  • http://chrisyeh.blogspot.com Chris Yeh

    Alas, the Valley is far too much like high school, especially with the line that it draws between “the cool kids” and everyone else.

    More than half the motivation behind some of the cliqueish behavior I see is a desire, conscious or unconscious, on the part of the guys who didn’t get the girl in high school to be a cool big shot.

    After all, no offense to Dave and Reid, but I don’t think that the Dave Winers and Reid Hoffmans of the world were chick magnets back in the day.

    What I find sad is how those who were once abused and ostracized are so quick to turn the tables and become “Mean Girls” themselves when given the chance.

    As I’m fond of saying, no one stays on top forever (just ask guys like Scott McNealy), and people will remember how you treated them back when you were riding high.

    Be the cool kid who treated everyone with respect, not the jerkwad who terrorized the freshmen.

  • http://blog.the801.com nick

    Another favorite of mine, that is nearly always true:

    “VCs are like sheep.”

    -n

  • http://nickgray.net/ Nick Gray

    I think this is a good analogy for any industry that relies heavily on networking and/or gossip. My friends in Hollywood say something like the same thing – “Hollywood is just like high school, but with more money, faster cars and hotter women.”

  • http://egoventures.blogspot.com Andrew

    Depends which side of the table you are sitting on Zaid….

  • Abby

    Don’t you think that it’s still about the girls? Money helps the geeks to get he girls, no?

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