I’m proud to be a resident of the Bay Area. It’s been about a year since I moved back here, and the city has so recharged me that now I can’t believe I ever left. No place on earth is fueled as singularly from the electricity of entrepreneurism, a belief in the power of good ideas and the confidence to risk everything to see these ideas through. It’s an energy that wakes me up in the morning and keeps me caffeinated all day.
Of course I could go on for hours about the qualities that make San Francisco and its environs amongst the most popular destinations in the world, but there’s something in particular I love about this town: its long tradition of philanthropy.
Last year, I wrote about the tensions that have arisen in San Francisco because of the increasing gap between rich and poor (and keep in mind that poor can be a very relative term in this town). This concern was inevitable in a place where the dominance of the tech elite is visible everywhere – from Google buses to skyrocketing rents – and the lesser-haves and have-nothings are struggling to stay afloat. Read more.