I thought some aspects of this were interesting, but the emphasis on money felt tacky. Money is a motivator, but it is not an end to itself. The author appears to support this notion, but sets an arbitrarily high net worth of 5*10^6 and talks about how miserable it was to be "successful." I don't know. To me, all this money is a big problem in the valley. On the one hand, it's great, because there is a lot of extra money around for cool things to get done. On the other hand, there are people that are just around for the money and it feels tasteless and I have personally found it very unpleasant to work with people who hav ambition for money and the prestige. And there are a lot of people like that right now. Maybe I have been blessed to have grown up around some exceptionally succesful, but humble people. Just my 2 cents, though.
Sorry for the confusion. I wasn't trying to say "successful" was miserable, but that often people who are successful are so focused on the next level of success that they don't enjoy the one their at. And I agree with your point, money isn't everything. I guess I didn't phrase it well enough, but I grew up around wealth and that has provided me the perspective to know that it isn't everything. But money is powerful, and I hope lots of people who want to make the world better acquire that power.