(Just in case anyone's wondering, I'm saying this purely from the HN side. I learned about this event by seeing it at #1 on the front page five minutes ago and haven't discussed it with anyone at YC.)
Edit: For the curious, the post is being weighed down entirely by user flags.
People are getting fed up with the ideologue denigrating wealth and success and hard work, then he goes to the rich elite of the elite in silicon valley with his hand out like a common beggar.
I realize that the Valley leans markedly to the left, but at some point you have to take a stand against people that are messing up, even if you agree with their political ideologies.
Silicon Valley was happily violating user privacy at the same time. Government surveillance is wrong but I have never had a problem caused by it. I (me personally) have had problems from US companies grabbing too much of my personal data and then leaking it or misusing it, and I am not an unusual example.
The attitudes of some people around use of personal meta data and content data is baffling.
While we can't expect much from Obama, at least publicly, we know some of the techno-riche are reading this thread right now (or having someone do it for them) so I think they can consider themselves as having their marching orders.
... not that the rich have ever, historically, had to follow... marching orders but whatever.
I can see this being cast as a pragmatic move--this is part of how you buy and sell influence, and YC is a big enough player now that if they can buy influence on behalf of their interests (i.e. the interests of the startups they fund) they derive a real benefit, but it's disappointing to see them participate in a corrupt system instead of trying to disrupt it.
Yep, pretty much. She's coasted so far on buying companies, closing offices, and Alibaba value, but it's gonna get a bit harder soon.
> How, in good conscience, can they support a president who has done nothing of substance about the NSA's abuses?
Because they don't care? Obama has no problem with war or drone strikes against illegitimate targets, or deporting more "illegals" than any previous administration.
Regardless what you think of Obama or his policies, it's better that the most powerful person on earth hears from startups as well as the giant corporations that already have his ear. Startups are a huge part of the real tech industry, but have been politically invisible to this point.
There is no organization today that can better represent the policy needs of small, scrappy startups than Y-Combinator.
This is great.
Making a note in the calendar to WFH on May 8...
This whole story is worse than useless
You can flag a story as off-topic if you feel strongly that nothing like it should be on HN.
"The change was made because of demand for tickets to the Obama fundraiser, which benefits the Democratic National Committee, sources said."
I know I'm going to be disappointed with his response, but I still want to see it.
Would be nice to see somebody in silicon valley stand up for principles instead of just money and a popularity contest to meet "important people".
Marissa Mayer's "cozy" home could only accommodate 200 people for a presidential visit to her "upscale Palo Alto home"?
I imagine she has a backyard.
I've been to a number of high-class fundraisers/events held in back yards. It's pretty standard (obviously everything is spruced up nicely) to hold nice events in the yards of mansions.
I submit a further argument for the superiority of parliamentary over presidential systems. Less worship of politicians.
Also, the Nordic countries and Switzerland all have very, very high rates of gun ownership/possession and they don't treat tgeir heads of government like god-kings.
Given the frequency of presidential assassinations, and the extreme disruption to all Americans' lives when they do occur, it's worth spending lots of effort, money, and inconvenience to do our best to prevent them from happening.
I'm intrigued by this comment. Isn't it a case of swearing-in the VP and carrying on?
Does it trigger a new election?
Isn't the regular disruption to daily life when POTUS is in town ( even me as a UKian, when the office holder* comes here ) far, far greater than that?
* the power is in the office, not the person
1: Los Angeles resident for ten years
So, it is the same thing.
Of course, the british monarchy has not had a fatality in office that was <not> old age since 1600.
Which makes it safer or more dangerous, depending on how you look at it.
Either way, the fatality rate is 100%.
You'd think they have more important things to do - given they're running a nation and all..
Anecdote: Joe Biden visited our town recently. I'd bet the amount of money spent on flying him out here far exceeds the amount he raised at the dinner. There is a huge security apparatus that travels with them. Not just the presidential/VP jets, but a few days before he arrived a plane carrying the armored car(s), a whole ton of people in charge of security and god knows what else.