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🔗 How startup culture runs on bullshit. — Joan Westenberg:

The Salisbury steak TV dinners of the 1950s proclaimed “Nourishing Family Fare!” on the packaging when they provided minimal nutritional value. Startup culture similarly nourishes its community on empty rhetorical calories while hiding less savoury realities. The myth-making seems like a conscious effort towards a collective suspension of disbelief - so many want the fairy tale to be true and ignore all warning signs suggesting otherwise. But public and private obsession with startup success stories must return to reality. We have to focus less on the outliers and more on the reforms needed to create tech that matters, products that mean something, and accessible pathways for everyone, not just a privileged few.

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