Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What Is Wrong With Silicon Valley? Rap Genius Co-Founder Fired For Asshat Comments on Santa Barbara Shooting

You just know it was Andreeson Horowitz that said 'hit the road Bozo'.
Following up on Sunday's "Forget Piketty or Lewis, this is the must read article of the month"
From ReCode:
Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.

In now-removed annotations on the site on the sick 141-page manifesto, Moghadam added a tasteless series of comments, including “beautifully written” and also “MY GUESS: his sister is smokin hot.”

My annotation: Good riddance.

The comments were first written about by Valleywag, which published images of Moghadam’s annotations like the one above.

In a statement, Rap Genius co-founder and CEO Tom Lehman said Moghadam had resigned as an employee and also from the board of directors.
It read in part:
“However, Mahbod Moghadam, one of my co-founders, annotated the piece with annotations that not only didn’t attempt to enhance anyone’s understanding of the text, but went beyond that into gleeful insensitivity and misogyny. All of which is contrary to everything we’re trying to accomplish at Rap Genius.”...MORE
See also AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman
Google As God: The Case of Andreessen Horowitz-backed Rap Genius (GOOG)
Why Andreessen Horowitz Is Investing in Rap Genius

And on the Techies Behaving Badly channel:
"America’s New Oligarchs—Fwd.us and Silicon Valley’s Shady 1 Percenters"
"A Guide to What the Hell Is Up With Silicon Valley Right Now" (the future is Pittsburgh)
Silicon Valley Freakshow: "Silicon Valley’s Long History of Government Codependence"
"The Silicon Valley Secessionist Clarifies His Batshit Insane Plan"
Happy Holidays: Startup CEO Complains SF Is Full of Human Trash
Technology: So Where's the #&@*$% Innovation?
Genius Engineer/Can't Get an H-1b Visa? "Blueseed: A Startup That Plans to House Would-Be Immigrant Innovators 12 Nautical Miles from Silicon Valley"