Steven, I agree with your points wholeheartedly. I just don’t agree that they have anything to do with my article. It’s hardly “shaming” the tech community to point out that as its economic juggernaut powers on, much of SF’s native community is being left behind (artists, cops, teachers, even journalists, and especially kids who happen to live in a neighborhood that is a couple blocks from the VC-fueled boom).

I am an investor. And I’ve put money into companies that are within a few blocks of the new 826 center. That’s one of the reasons why this effort is so important to me.

To say the tech community owes it to these kids to give something back has nothing to do with shame or guilt. It just seems like the right thing to do. I get that there are competing memes in the Bay Area: One suggests that tech is terrible and all the nerds and hipsters are destroying the fabric of San Francisco. Another implies that everything about the technology revolution, including the big money, is good for everyone. Both of these memes are equally ridiculous. I love tech. I make stupid amounts of money from it. I also worry about my community. I want to try to see the gap between those realities bridged. And that’s what my post does and I stand by it and reject the notion that it shames anyone (and as a 40-something year-old Jew, this is one of the few times in my life where I’m able to confidently reject anything associated with shame.)

My post no more shames the SF tech community than yours shames Philly. Besides, you have the Eagles for that.

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