There’s a really cool sense of innovation in Silicon Valley that makes it one of the most popular destinations in the world.
But everything has its down side, and Silicon Valley is no exception, as seen in this Quora post titled, “What’s the dark side of Silicon Valley?”
We sifted through the post to pull together 13 of the worst things about living in Silicon Valley.
'It is amazingly difficult to start/have a family if you make 'normal' salaries here (you know, only in the $100k range). The amount of wealth in the area has driven up home prices near the places where the jobs are to astronomical levels.' -- Chris Schrader, Business Intelligence Consultant
'I grew up in an educationally arrogant environment. Students and adults alike were snotty about people who would go to community college / 'low tier college' (i.e. SJSU, and even highly ranked schools like UC Davis) because everyone's parents had a Ph.D from a prestigious university.' -- Min Ju Lee, Google X
'There are plenty of self-proclaimed 'mentors' fishing around to be an adviser to your nascent startup. They end up eating equity and not doing much except just keep connecting you to other useless people. My guess is that they do it because by amassing a huge collection of startups they 'advise', they can hope for at least one of them going Instagram.' -- Pallav Sharda, ex-physician, now in digital health
'If you're a guy (and chances are that you're a guy) don't come to SV looking for a girl because more than likely you won't have much luck. The odds are stacked against you on two fronts: quantity and money.' -- Paul Núñez, student researcher
'It's not that anyone believes that older (40+) programmers become incompetent because that's clearly untrue, but there's extremely harsh age grading in this ecosystem. People don't want to work with older people whose careers are less stellar than what they (naively, stupidly) think awaits them.' -- Michael O. Church
'Don't get too caught up in the hype. The Bay Area/Silicon Valley can feel like the center of the universe at times for a tech entrepreneur. You'll find that many who live there believe that and you'll probably sense a bit of the arrogance we sensed. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by the best and brightest, and that living there meant that I had the best chance of being involved in some of the most exciting projects ever... the reality is that most projects and start-ups there fail and success is elusive.' -- Chris Raymond
'Very poor (public transit) for a region that is viewed by the rest of the US as a collection of crunchy granola-loving tree-huggers. Bay Area Rapid Transit does not circle the Bay. If you want to start at any airport (SFO/OAK/SJC) and make a complete loop around the Bay, you will have to use 4 separate transit networks in a best case scenario.' -- Jacob Vincent
'There is a pretty extreme lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. And very few investors or entrepreneurs are willing to discuss it...Investors and entrepreneurs talk about the Silicon Valley startup world as a meritocracy, and perhaps that's true for those who are able to gain entry into this community. However many people have no access.' -- Jeff Pilisuk, Founder / Owner iEnso Consulting
'The danger of being in a techno-centered place is that everything non-techno seems to recede in importance. It's a tough area to sell culture (everybody is working so hard ALL the time) and to have a social life. Also, if you're immersed in the SiliValley mythology, you start to believe that technology has the answer to every problem and that there is a silver bullet for everything.' -- Nancy Roberts
'Long hours and high pressure lifestyle, for years. You always hear about the winners living in mansions, but the average SV engineer puts in 10 hours a day and commutes another 1 or 2 hours a day. It is a pretty stressed out place. We just work our a** off to keep making our housing payments.' -- Randy Andrews
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