April 1, 2015

Digg Founder Protested for Bringing Jobs to San Francisco. Seriously.

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Protesters showed up outside Digg Founder and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose’s house in San Francisco over the weekend. Their beef?

Rose’s investments in tech startups are bringing too many high-paying jobs to the community. Seriously!

A flyer distributed to Rose’s neighbors by protesters stated:

“With each new tech corporation comes a wave of fresh techies, who on average earn four times more than an average service worker…Nearly all of them are just like Kevin Rose and we are tired of this miserable and untenable situation.”

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The flyer further explained that protesters are among the service workers who deliver food, serve coffee, babysit and do janitorial and housekeeping work for the tech workers Rose’s investments have helped fund.

But workers are apparently concerned that the presence of higher earners has driven up local rents. This has forced service workers further and further out of the community only to have to commute back for lower paying jobs.

Rose, for his part, seemed to take the protest in stride. In a stream of Tweets he acknowledged that the protesters raised valid concerns:


But commenters on Rose’s Instagram account pointed out the irony that the presence of more tech workers in the community inevitably led to more service jobs for service workers.

There was also some irony in protesters’ demand that Google donate $3 billion for the creation of anti-capitalist housing in the community. On East Bay, a collectively operated website sympathetic to their aims, protesters explained:

“In these communities, whether in San Francisco or in the woods, no one will ever have to pay rent and housing will be free. With this three billion from Google, we will solve the housing crisis in the Bay Area and prove to the world that an anarchist world is not only possible but in fact irrepressible.”

Images: IndyBay.org, Instagram


Shawn Hessinger - Editor

Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Editor for Small Business Trends. He is a journalist and social media networker with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business before moving to the digital world. He was the former community manager of BizSugar and the former community editor at AllAnalytics, a site dedicated to professionals in the business intelligence and analytics community.

8 Reactions

  1. Typical case of wanting to have their cake and eat it too.

  2. you know I use to think people were just plain ole stupid folks Then I thunk for a while and said: Stupid is too intelligent for them. They are imbeciles.

  3. Pay the rent increases.

  4. These protesters are the inevitable fruit of a self-entitlement culture created by the federal welfare state and self-esteem pedagogy in our schools. Why people think being born and having the ability to breath entitles them to free housing is laughable; if they weren’t so serious in their beliefs.

  5. Just when you thought things couldn’t be any more difficult for businesses in this country, along come these wacko protesters.

    If the prices in San Francisco are too high for them to live there, protest by moving your ‘assets’ to somewhere where you can afford… like people have been doing for hundreds of years.

  6. I don’t see the point. With higher earners, the capability to spend also shoot higher. This means that they will eventually earn more as well as service workers. It all connects.

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