I try not to share the super depressive stuff that comes out of Silicon Valley very often (and that’s difficult because there’s no shortage of it) but this piece stood out to me so I thought I would, if only to open the eyes of a few readers who have found themselves in a similar situation to that of the author.
I came to San Francisco to change my life. I found a tribe of depressed workaholics living on top of one another.
He started his journey in a 3 month coding boot camp. To me it seems like the dream of being a programmer at a start-up in Silicon Valley is fuelled by a few different things:
Money + Equity + Happiness.
But everything I’ve read, my few years in this industry, and life in general, has shown me that those 3 things are far easier to attain outside of Silicon Valley.
Money? There are many remote jobs available, paying less than that of their San Francisco counterparts but giving you the freedom to live wherever you’d like. So you may not be making 6 figures but you will be in control of your expenses - ie. not spending $2000 a month to live in the closet of an illegal Airbnb (yes, you should read the article 😉).
Equity is an idea that in theory sounds good but in practice is a little bit like going to the casino - except at the casino the odds of a payout are far greater. Smaller remote companies will sometimes offer options but really, it’s almost never a good idea to forfeit the salary you need to survive just for the chance to make millions - especially when it’s almost always out of your control.
Happiness is a bit harder, but it’s definitely not exclusive to Silicon Valley.