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I have refused to get hired by google and Facebook because they give me the creeps. Duck duck go cannot afford me. Maybe, we can start our own search/social/nlp startup? I don't care about making any money, if you are in the same boat as I am (dreading the status quo, wanting to do something, don't need or not driven by money, reply to this and we will try to make it happen - reminds me of the hypersane post from a couple days ago btw, the crazies not driven by materialism and can see through shit).

Honest question - If you don’t care about making any money, why can’t Duck Duck Go afford you?

Generally speaking, at most companies, one's credibility and therefore ability to affect outcomes is directly linked to titles and compensation (generally speaking). This is why they (or really any incumbents) cannot afford me. Besides, while I don't care about money that puts bread on the table, a privacy focused communication and/or search platform that turns into a successful and sustainable business is definitely something I am interested in.

Duck cannot afford you because the pay scales are now set by the very companies you despise, and those companies can afford those pay scales both they are able to extract monopoly profits (market structure issue) and your privacy is not a concern for them (which marketers are willing to pay for).

When we fix the market structure issue and address the legal issue of privacy, ironically, the pay issue of Duck not being able to afford you may even go away.

It's not just FAANG paying those numbers.

Hell yeah. Since deleting my FB account - and thereby being ostracised socially - I’ve spent a lot of my idle time thinking about what a decentralised, private-by-design, Facebook-like social network might look like. Is it feasible to host on-device? Does it need coordination or centralisation at all? How does privacy work? If central servers are required, can they be reliably funded? Can it be both ethical and profitable? How do we avoid consolidation of a decentralised design (cf RSS, SMTP)? How do we fund what needs to be done? Does such a network already exist? How do we know we can trust it? How do we promote it? I’ve got many more questions, particularly around ethics and sustainability, but that’s where I’ve been spending the few idle cycles that I have.

It looks a lot like Usenet with HTML & encryption.

Start there. You’ll probably build something incredible.

It sounds like you are already set monetarily, and that you are assured a job at either Google or Facebook (but that you choose not to work there on your own volition).

My question to you is - why can't Duck Duck Go afford you?

I can help you brainstorm. I just like to help to pay forward so I don’t need anything in return.

If that's true, I have a huge respect for people like you. I can't say the same for some of my friends at university who have no issue working for such unethical companies

can you link that post you're referring to?

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