[Startup culture is] coming up with wacky ideas to sooth the fevered brows of febrile investors ridding the foamy cresting tip of a tidal wave of money sloshing around a functionally broken late-stage capitalist system. If actual businesses with actual customers, revenue, employees and expenditure beyond a few Macbooks and some server time (i.e. functioning corporate members of a functioning economy) come out of this (or indeed any of the other VC hothouses) I'll eat my hat.
VC culture is a symptom of the systematic gutting of nation states by giant balls of money rolling around the landscape. Fifty years ago, people this smart were building national infrastructure and putting footprints in moondust. Now the seething morass of finance is stripping the best and brightest from every country in the world either to come up with the fever dreams or package them and sell them to everyone else.
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