The Evil Cult of the Internet Start-up

May 21, 2008

I’ve seen this thinking up close a couple of times. It is serious. It must be producing very un-balanced people. It could be one of the major problems of the ‘West’ today.

In one business where I was (very briefly) the IT Mgr, the CEO described business as a “kill or be killed” environment. Luckily I didn’t have to leave, they shafted me and the agency I was placed from at the end of the trial period.

The following is a must-read essay that is going to be a very challenging read if you describe yourself as a ‘workaholic’ …

Stilgherrian · Jason Calacanis and the Evil Cult of the Internet Start-up

I strongly believe this to be a dangerous, toxic, anti-human attitude and it’s infecting others. It must be fought vigorously and with passion.

Calacanis and his defenders reckon that workaholic exploitation is the only way to “change the world”. It’s not.


Today’s Tweets

May 21, 2008
  • 12:03 @ocean Happy Birthday mate! Here’s hoping you get to raise many a a glass of your preferred beverage… #
  • 12:26 @harrisonx thanks for the idea – I have my secret manufacturing plant in China working on it now. Also hiring web team at elance #
  • 12:52 @andrewsayer Whoa! I’m really not ready for storing all my health info at Google. Is that just a knee-jerk reaction though? #
  • 12:59 @mpesce weez fed dem nu peepz to da basement cat … he wuz hungry #
  • 13:05 Ha! 3,000th Tweet! Missed my Twitterversary too, it was March 22 – twitter.com/aDB/statuses/10814551 #
  • 14:43 @tibbetts_sound Hi! Better keep up with the Marin Mai Tai’s – @mpesce is sending us after you! #
  • 14:56 @Froosh Bummer – I’m lining up on Friday morning – hoping not to be disqualified … haven’t done it for a *long* time #
  • 14:58 @decryption perhaps gocebit.com.au/?q=feeds/latest the aggregator for the BloggerZone will have something? #
  • 15:26 Retweet: @Mediamum if you are in syd and have a PR or marketing dept that might like talented promising student for a few days DM me? #
  • 15:49 feeling like I’m missing out on some Tweets – getting partial conversation snippets and it is slightly disorienting #
  • 15:54 @thevixy you could just be right – meanwhile I will peek around for the missing bits and see if the @ceilingcat has eated them #
  • 17:05 @jjprojects So if I comment here in FriendFeed, Twitter peeps could read it as well (if Twitter was up, of course…) #
  • 19:40 @jjprojects Noice! The big 20K. That’s a long way from my little 3k waaaay down here 🙂 #
  • 19:43 @ToG That could be interesting – got some projects on the go already? #
  • 20:54 @allisonr No I didn’t get anything in – I was doing dinner instead. Well done on getting published again. I got mah pts back from yr story. #
  • 22:29 ack … falling asleep on couch. Turning in early – will miss coffee STUB in the morning but will see you at CeBIT in the arvo or @STUB l8tr #

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