Politics, Startups & The Sociopathic Business Model™: Sean Parker Edition
Say No to Sean Parker in Politics
UPDATED: November 4, 3014 Sorry, Sean Parker: Fighting Safe Streets With Prop L Won’t Help the Poor
If Parker’s recent interview with Fortune Magazine is to be believed, his donation to Prop L was motivated by the sorely misguided belief that it will help less affluent San Franciscans:
It’s hard to figure out Parker’s own politics. His own priority is inequality. His political team – yes, he has a political team – flagged the referendum, called Proposition L, because it struck them as a hidden tax on the poor…
“I have a long-standing frustration that the only people who are significantly disadvantaged by onerous DMV regulations and parking tickets are the working poor,” Parker says.
“However,” as Fortune’s Shalene Gupta explains, ”Parker’s enthusiasm is wildly out of sync with San Francisco’s politics.”
He’s also out of sync with the growing body of research that indicates the working poor in San Francisco are more likely to walk and ride Muni than own cars.
UPDATED: October 25, 2014
#ForcedAccountability Sean Parker
If more evidence is necessary to ensure that Sean Parker never enters politics here it is: Sean Parker’s Wedding Was So Horrible He Has to Make an Apology App Valleywag:
In a novel punishment for a Silicon Valley bad boy, former Facebook president Sean Parker will not only have to fork out $2.5 million to make amends for his environmental blunder at his Big Sur wedding last year, authorities said Thursday.
He must also create a beach-mapping app for the state agency that busted him.
The mobile app that Parker and the state are developing, Christie said, will help beach-goers navigate the sometimes tricky routes around private property to California’s always-public coastline.
Finally some lawmakers got it right, the $2.5 million fine is nothing but making Parker pay with his self-involved time: priceless.
April 21, 2014
It’s been mentioned here on this site before in Startup The Egos, that many startups have rather questionable and fraudulent beginnings despite being sold for millions or billions. And those who sell these companies founded on fraud continue to plot World domination, (it’s textbook) that the egos of these founders would want to ‘apply their success’ in the political arena.
Earlier this year Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Founder (a company that was founded on fraud and where the platform exploited users information without known implications), ‘called the President of the United States,’ to express his concern over the NSA:
“I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US Government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals and not our government.”
And now Zuckerberg’s one time partner in crime, I mean Facebook and Napster Founder (a company what stole music from artists and did not compensate them), Sean Parker according to Politico wants to “Conquer Poltics.” Oh the irony is rich with these two.
The two authors of the Politico article Alexander Burns and Alex Byers feed Parker’s already inflated ego even further by referring to him as “a bad-boy file-sharing guru” and manage to curb their school kid founder-crush long enough to report that Parker has already retained advisers to bring new focus and sophistication to his political enterprises and preparing to make a significant investment in the 2014 election cycle. Those political advisers are gurus if they plan on making anything associated with Parker “sophisticated.”
So far Parker’s political enterprises have involved illegal activity. California Coastal Commission’s report on Parker wedding’s destruction regarding the unpermitted buildout in a redwood grove in Big Sur which resulted in his paying $2.5 million in penalties for ignoring regulations. (Move fast. Break things.)
Hedging his bets he’s playing both sides of the aisle even though he’s only supported democrats in the past. There are specific issues Parker cares about, including immigration reform*and investments in urban development and medical research. Like many in the tech world, he shares a set of liberal social values and, one Parker friend said, cares less about his personal tax rate than in making sure government operates efficiently. (S0.much.wrong.)
Ben Horowitz, the prominent Silicon Valley investor says (as Parker’s PR mouthpiece): “He’s all in at a very, very intense level, at more hours of the day than most people are awake. He’s got political views on various topics but his main agenda is sort of making democracy more modern, less corrupt.” Phew! Yay! Sean Parker Saves Politics!
Parker declined to comment for this story, and allies suggested he is reluctant to detail his plans at such an early stage.
*I question if Mr. Parker was always into immigration reform of if his investing in Jose Antonio Vargas’ Documented will, at some point, be exploited and used to launch his political career.
I’mma letcha do this one all on your own: