These goddamn hipsters are gentrifying our beloved startups right out of this city

Fear not, Mission purists, maybe these tech startups that you love to hate are on their way out, or so says this good-bye note that sexpigeon brought to our attention. Local startup Branch, some kind of conversation-having platform (’cause you know, who wants to go through the trouble of having a real one), laments:

San Francisco is just too nice. The nature is too accessible, the architecture is too Victorian, and the weather is too perfect. The quality of life here is unrivaled. But I feel like I haven’t earned that yet. One day, I’ll bike across the bridge and meet my family at Mill Valley Beerworks.

For now, I miss the grit and grime of New York. It is real and raw, and the commotion of the city is contagious. Startup life is characterized by constant motion and tenacious tinkering, not hikes on Mt. Tam and brunch in the Mission, and the pace of life and breadth of humanity in New York is invigorating. I like to tell people: New York is like coffee. You know it’s not good for you, and you don’t really like the taste, but you just can’t get enough. The rush, the jitters, they’re addicting, as are startups.

[via sexpigeon, be sure to read his response, which mentions sweaters and hookers]


26 Responses to “These goddamn hipsters are gentrifying our beloved startups right out of this city”

  1. Emily says:

    I dated a guy who randomly took up hang gliding within the first few weeks of seeing each other. I honestly wondered how he ever got shit done.

  2. stencil says:

    Alas, youth wasted on the young.

    Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that?
    Lance: What?
    Kilgore: Exhaust, son. The diesel fumes of someone too uptight for San Francisco headed back to New York. Nothing else in the world smells like that.
    Kilgore: I love the smell of exhaust in the morning. You know, one time we had got bombed on the hill for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ‘em, not one stinkin’ uptight New Yorker. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like
    [sniffing, pondering]
    Kilgore: victory

  3. george says:

    First, they came for the Mexicans,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Mexican.

    Then, they came for the working class,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t working class.

    Then, they came for the Stanford CS grads,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

  4. loinscum says:

    If work is your life you should probably stay back there. Theres too much fun shit to do in the world, and SF is the gateway to all of it. You can keep the subways that leak “fluid”, and the entire island of Manhattan. I’ll take the joy of nature and not having to deal with any real weather any time of the day

  5. the guy says:

    I figured it out after visiting his “startup”. Dude’s out here getting mellow high. He needs jumpy high.

  6. sean says:

    “Isn’t it nice that people who prefer [New York] to San Francisco live there?”

  7. Daryl F. says:

    SF, your inferiority complex is showing . . .

    • truth says:

      Eh, most people don’t give a fuck about NYC. It’s only these business types that feel like they have to defend the choice.

    • Daryl F. says:

      Based on the above comments, a lot of people here give a fuck about NYC. I doubt most people living in NYC could be bothered to talk shit on San Francisco . . .

  8. mike says:

    that was a beautiful goodbye note. i wish you guys posted the pic of that girl pissin out of a muni bus

  9. scum says:

    I visited NY 31 years ago and had a great time. Never been back.

  10. Jeremy says:

    I miss Sex Pigeon.

  11. AttF says:

    that is why NYC and SF are separate and should remain so (as opposed to the ‘SOMA could be just like Manhattan’ arguments). I was in the East Coast rat race and didn’t like it, so I consciously moved 3300 miles to get away from it and enjoy a more relaxed life. People who feel differently should be free to move to a more appropriate place.

  12. DomPara says:

    Flagellants are weird.

  13. Matthew says:

    Yawn snore zzz

  14. Derf says:

    “New York’s alright if you like San Francisco!”

    -Lee Ving

  15. karl says:

    i’m sure it’s SF’s fault your shitty start up based on a so-so idea isn’t doing well

  16. manymachines says:

    “Brooklyn is a bunch of accelerated fifth graders dressed up for a visit to the museum.”

    So perfect.