[FoRK] Weird... interesting.

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Apr 16 10:42:38 PDT 2009

I've avoided NYC like the plague after repeatedly getting a vague sense 
of unease at the whole thing.  I had a nice gig there in 1995, traveling 
more vertically than horizontally every day to work.  Oddly enough, I've 
recently had leads contracting at financial companies there...

The VCs and money guys that I ran into there always seemed very shallow 
and lemming-ish compared to those in Silicon Valley / Berkeley.  I did a 
couple multi-VC pitch tours, for my company and others, 25 in 3 days 
once.  The kind where you sit down with this hot woman in a business 
suit who tells you she is managing a $1 Billion Saudi sheik fund...  And 
she has no idea what you are talking about.  Or you talk to a Wall 
Street day trader / semi-angel who listens for 15 seconds and then tries 
to stuff you and what you are interested in into a specific mental 

Or you work at a Wall Street firm that pays top dollar for talent and 
then insists that everything be dumbed down to the most shallow level.

On the West Coast, all of the "VC"s were engineers with money.  
Completely different experience.

So, my stereotype of NYC, based on personal experience, is beware the 
"shallow shyster".  Every time I hear a Brooklyn accent I look around to 
see if I'm in one of those you-know-you're-getting-riped-off electronics 
stores downtown.


Luis Villa wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM, HK Pang <hkpang at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The 'best and brightest' kids from my high school class.. you wouldn't
>> believe how many of them eventually went to work for Wall St.
> Ditto from the best and brightest of my college class; the ones who
> didn't go to wall st largely went to consultancies; the ones who
> didn't do that went to law school. Of course, most of the ones who
> went to law school thought they were going to work for firms who
> worked for the banks; it's been a rude several months for those folks.
> (I'm not exempt; I thought I was going to work for the firms who work
> for the VCs. Thankfully I may have picked up a waaaay better (and more
> productive) gig out of the ashes.)
> Luis
>> On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 8:30 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
>>> Who stole our future?
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