29 memes roasting Silicon Valley and its tech-bro culture, chosen by a former valley-dweller
- Silicon Valley's existence is, at once, an almost-improbable mash-up of contradictions and the obvious twenty-first century step of American innovation.
- The absurdity of Silicon Valley necessitates a healthy dose of skepticism, and easily makes it a target of satire.
- I lived in Palo Alto for a handful of years, and San Francisco for a stint. My memories now converge as a tableau of farce; so, here are 29 memes roasting Silicon Valley.
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In my mind's eye, I see University Avenue in Palo Alto littered with Philz coffee cups, rogue boba pearls, and strewn hover boards. A Stanford undergraduate computer science student weeps into their MacBook as their code loops endlessly. Batman-style doors lift up; a tech exec tumbles out of his Model X car and crawls frantically to the nearest electric charging port. Two VC-bros poke their chopsticks at toro at the Palo Alto Nobu and discuss seed funding the Uber-of-vegan-soft-serve that Elon Musk will, most definitely, franchise on Mars. Mark Zuckerberg peers out from a manhole on the street while Jack Dorsey directs traffic around him and recites his tweets from 2006.I lived in Palo Alto for a handful of years, and San Francisco for a stint. My memories now converge as a tableau of farce, like the above.Advertisement
In such a historically fertile incubator - where you can succeed beyond known measure or fail spectacularly - the air is fraught. But actually being stressed is taboo, so techies throw themselves at the pseudo-spiritual in the flashiest way possible. Silicon Valley is also one of the hungriest places - for innovation, success, domination, fame - I've ever lived. And it's also run by bonafide geeks.
Silicon Valley's existence is, at once, an almost-improbable mash-up of contradictions and the obvious twenty-first century step of American innovation. Its absurdity necessitates a healthy dose of skepticism, and heavy satire.Here are 29 memes roasting Silicon Valley.
Will Fischer contributed to the meme-harvesting you see below.
This Jeff Bezos glow-up.
This supercut of Mark Zuckerberg evangelizing Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce during his Facebook Live grill sesh.Advertisement
Gotta catch 'em all, Chadwick: Venture Capitalist.
When AI couldn't get on Magritte's level.Advertisement
When Pam knew.
When even Drake knows you messed up.
When the Burners re-enter Silicon Valley.Advertisement
When you Juul in your Tesla driving down El Camino, it's a quick and slippery slope to Juuling 30,000 miles up in the air on your red-eye flight.
When you whip out your tech-guru Twitter persona.Advertisement
"Let me chat with my team and circle back," said every Silicon Valley VC ever.
Snoop Dogg knows what's up with the valuation.Advertisement
Silicon Valley, the bastion of white male privilege.
Where "going public" means ...Advertisement
Where the algorithm tests fate.
Where breakups are digitized.Advertisement
Bonus points for drinking Soylent while wearing Allbirds and carrying some light reading on successful unicorns too.
Where the rent is too dang high.Advertisement
Where every opportunity is a networking opportunity.
Where everybody thinks they're the truffle-sniffing pig of startups.Advertisement
(But, don't even think about that company turning a profit while it's still private.)
My tech company has better snacks than yours ...
... but my coworkers leave a lot to be desired.Advertisement
In Silicon Valley, you graduate from being a nascent-coder bro donning a quirky, retro Patagonia fleece pullover to a full Coder Bro™️ wearing your startup's grey, monogrammed Patagonia vest.
It's the uniform.Advertisement
No, but seriously.
Does Market Street have a dress code?Advertisement
And finally, here's an "Old Town Road" remix about Old County Road in Palo Alto.
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