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Tom Perkins And Five Other Supervillain Moments From Silicon Valley

Jan 28 2014, 4:02pm CST | by , in News

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Tom Perkins And Five Other Supervillain Moments From Silicon Valley

Action movie villains suffer from a curious compulsion to explain their evil schemes, usually while the hero is surreptitiously working his hands free of the ropes binding them to a doomsday machine. It seems silly on the screen, yet in real life, there’s a class of characters who spend their time in high-tech fortresses, wield futuristic gadgetry, control armies of minions and seek to use their power to disrupt governments and economies around the world.

They’re the venture capitalists of Silicon Valley, and, like Bane and Auric Goldfinger, they just can’t seem to stop talking, even when it’s clearly not in their best interests. Witness Tom Perkins, who appeared on Bloomberg TV last night to explain why he compared the anti-gentrification protests in San Francisco to Nazi persecution of German Jews, only to dig himself into an even deeper hole.

Whether you Perkins and his ilk as villains probably depends on your views on things like the concentration of wealth in America, the scariness of electronic surveillance and the rental market in the Mission District. They certainly don’t, and that’s the point. It’s because they see themselves as heroes, not bad guys, that they’re so anxious to make themselves understood.

Here are a few of Silicon Valley’s supervillain moments from the past year:

Tom Perkins, Co-founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Dastardly deeds: Comparing recent protests against tech-industry shuttle buses and rising rents in San Francisco to Kristallnacht; trying to defend said comparison, bizarrely, by pointing out that the watch he was wearing was worth “a six-pack of Rolexes.”

Tim Draper, Co-founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Dastardly deeds: Proposing via ballot initiative to split California into six states so that the fortunes of Silicon Valley would no longer be tethered to its less progressive neighbors; defending Tom Perkins.

Chamath Palihapitiya, founder, Social Capital

Dastardly deeds: Declaring that the government shutdown “is actually good for us” because the government “just doesn’t matter,” private companies having replaced it as the prime force in American society.

Peter Thiel, partner, Founders Fund

Dastardly deeds: Investing in a floating sea colony that would exist beyond the reach of American laws; backing the CIA-sponsored data mining startup Palantir.

Sean Parker, partner, Founders Fund

Dastardly deeds: Throwing a $4.5 million wedding fit for “The Princess Bride’s” Humperdinck in a pristine forest in Big Sur, then defending himself in an exhaustive open letter.

Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber

Dastardly deeds: While not actually a VC, no current list of the tech industry’s most vilified would be complete without Kalanick, whose Uber stands accused of everything from price-gouging customers to playing dirty tricks on competitors to contributing to the accidental death of a child.

Source: Forbes

 

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