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Knock It Off, Silicon Valley

By Mike Elgan

Silicon Valley may be considered the world leader in technology innovation, but it tends to do things that can annoy many tech pros. As one writer puts it, “I love you, Silicon Valley. You know I do. But there are a few things you keep doing that exasperate everyone.” Read on to see what he’s talking about.

Mike Elgan writes, “Silicon Valley is an amazing place of innovation. It’s a geek Mecca, a destination for professional nerds—the technology capital of the world.

“Silicon Valley is the only district in the world where people know more about the Wojcickis than the Kardashians, are more likely to have an elevator pitch than a committed relationship, and are more familiar with Github than with snow.

“So many of the products and services that have transformed our world for the better were cooked up here. Today’s smartphones, social sites, search engines and app-centric sharing economy services like Uber and AirBnB were all dreamed up by young visionaries in towns like Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Jose and San Francisco.

“Despite the best efforts of city planners around the world, Silicon Valley cannot be replicated. The Silicon Valley miracle is not the product of incentives, zoning, universities or planning. It’s the product of culture—a perfect blend of utopian, hippy, business, researcher, hacker, inventor and imperial mindsets.

“But this mindset has a dark side. And now that tech has gone so thoroughly mainstream, the dark side is more apparent and affects and annoys more people.”

Read on for seven things that Silicon Valley really needs to stop doing in 2017.