The Bro Mob: Meta, Not Beta

The “paypal mafia” photographed at Tosca in San Francisco, Oct, 2007. Back row from left: Jawed Karim, co-founder Youtube; Jeremy Stoppelman CEO Yelp; Andrew McCormack, managing partner Laiola Restaurant; Premal Shah, Pres of Kiva; 2nd row from left: Luke Nosek, managing partner The Founders Fund; Kenny Howery, managing partner The Founders Fund; David Sacks, CEO Geni and Room 9 Entertainment; Peter Thiel, CEO Clarium Capital and Founders Fund; Keith Rabois, VP BIz Dev at Slide and original Youtube Investor; Reid Hoffman, Founder Linkedin; Max Levchin, CEO Slide; Roelof Botha, partner Sequoia Capital; Russel Simmons, CTO and co-founder of Yelp. PHOTO BY ROBYN TWOMEY FOR FORTUNE (Jeffrey M. O’Brien, “The PayPal Mafia,” Fortune, 11-13-07)

“Last month, Mark Zuckerberg spent hours touting his love of jiujitsu, wrestling and UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship] on Joe Rogan’s podcast, which is known for its hypermasculinity. Watching TV was not active enough, Mr. Zuckerberg said.

“Compared with social media, TV was ‘beta,’” [Mr. Zuckerberg said.]

(Erin Griffith, “Silicon Valley Slides Back Into ‘Bro’ Culture, New York Times, 9-24-22)

Postscript: This item is a carry-over from last year’s clogged blog log. I almost discarded it, as it gives me the uncomfortable feeling that in posting it I flirt with melting into the morass of vacuity and snark that already swamps the virtual airways. However, I carry the stubborn conviction that if we wee males don’t stop repressing and brutalizing the females of our species, the species will go down the toilet. On reflection, it seems worth the risk of seeming frivolous in order to document powerful pipsqueaks’ shallowness in support of a deadly earnest point.

(c) 2022 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to The Bro Mob: Meta, Not Beta

  1. chris ludke says:

    You always cut right to the core, J! I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

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