I used to spend two to three weeks in San Francisco every year, mostly just to stay in touch with my friends there. San Francisco is a fun place to be if you work in tech, and it’s refreshing to experience how easy it is to talk to anyone in the industry.
After some time, however, it gets kind of depressing when at the end of the day almost all discussions steer towards ‘exit, exit, exit’. A big part of the Valley runs on venture capital, distorting the reality of business. Fair enough, but it seems the goal of all the hard work of those young, talented people is not to bring a new exciting product to life, but instead to bury it in the backyards of Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, and Apple at the highest price tag possible."