By Jerry Useem
First-Person Interviews by Eryn Brown
Photo by Timothy Archibald
From my point of view, we kind of skipped the dot-com mania. I've personally had a number of opportunities to, you know, be a CEO or a CTO of one of these shooting stars and make a lot of money and whatever. When it all shakes out, sure, I guess a lot of people are going to be very rich. But you know, I was lucky to get kind of rich myself a few years ago. So I have a sort of, I think a relatively mature appreciation for what value there is in having money. It's not the last thing you have to do in your life.
The frenzy last summer screwed things up, to be honest with you. The social scene in San Francisco was completely destroyed by it. Christmas parties for the last few years have been all about, you know, "Oh, we're about to do our IPO" or "Oh, the greatest thing is, we're pre-IPO." That's, like, wishful thinking. Maybe they've never heard of Murphy's law.
It's boring. Money is boring. And party conversation about money is even more boring. I want to know what people think, and I want to know what their passions are. I want to be inspired by them. I want them to do beautiful things that entertain me. I want my beautiful things to entertain them. The Internet is a fantastic technology that helps me do these things.
So what was last year like for me? It was frustrating as hell. I mean, to see everything turn to money is like kind of not that far from seeing everything turn to shit.
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