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Standing a little taller today. Why I deleted the Secret App and had @getsecret delete my account

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For me, the problem with the Secret App isn't bullying or risks of getting exposed or slander or any of that. While all those things are real, they're certainly not exclusive to the Secret App.

My problem with this app is how it defines the degree of self indulgence and contempt by Silicon Valley and the tech. industry. While Rome burns, former Google engineers build something like Secret and Silicon Valley VCs invest in it; it's a rude slap in the face to everyone that actually works for a living, to those working to solve real problems in the world, to those just trying to get by, to those suffering, and to essentially all of humanity.

Secret app recently closed a $8.6 million round of financing from a number of top tier venture capitalist, including Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, MG Siegler of Google Ventures, Bing Gordon and Megan Quinn of KPCB, Chris Howard and Brad Silverberg of Fuel Capital, Vivi Nevo, SV Angel, Ashton Kutcher of A-Grade Investments, David Sacks, Bill Lee, Pete Cashmore among others. Tikue Anazodo

David Byttow launched Secret with former co-worker and Googler Chrys Bader. 

Byttow joined Google and spent five years working on hyped — but ultimately flawed — products: Google Wave and Google+.  There, he hired Bader as a product manager. - Alyson Shontell, BI

All of these people, the developers who built it and the VCs that enabled it, should be embarrassed and ashamed. But of course they're not. That's the point. They are so disconnected and insulated that they simply lack any empathy, infatuated with themselves, Silicon Valley, and VC culture - disinterest at best, disdain at worst.

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish. - Brian Alexander, NBC News

For me, participating in Secret makes one a party to this self-indulgence of the affluent and disconnected Silicon Valley 0.1%. It says one supports it. It's a giant F-you to the world.

Looking back in a few years, I hope Secret is a nadir, the bottom of the barrel, from which we crawled out and started building things of value that actually matter again.

Written by mrblog

Mar 25, 2014

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