…in the Bay Area — where the nation’s preeminent local food movement overlaps with the nation’s tech elite — egg-laying chickens are now a trendy, eco-conscious humblebrag on par with driving a Tesla.
When reading this article, I was once again reminded that Silicon Valley denizens go over the top in their obsessiveness and turn normal, mundane and sometimes boring aspects of things into an A-B test. It is not just chickens. It is everything – from sous vide, flipping pizzas to make sourdough bread.
What starts out as a way to relax eventually turns into a growth hack, a way to improve efficiencies and obviously talk about it on the social media. This mindset is pervasive. This is who we/they are. There isn’t an off-switch and basically, despite best efforts to relax, there are hardly who know how to relax. The obsessiveness in many ways is what which makes Silicon Valley people successful in their day job.
Do you really think we could have had cars-on-demand if someone wasn’t obsessed with hacking “taxi industry” and “limousines” because they had to wait for a cab too long in Paris?
Only Om has been able to capture exactly what I’ve thought about and failed to put into words since leaving SF. It’s what originally drew me to the city and causes me to miss it still to this day. No one I meet day to day in New Hampshire is as obsessive about everything as the people in the valley were. You have obsessive people who are masters at their trade and do it for decades making improvements only experience can give them…but people who take small annoyances and run with it? I don’t know how my GF deals with my monologuing and data analysis I do simply on appliances around the house.