Read a few blog posts on the recent #ransackgate, and then this article from TechCrunch titled “A Billion Dollars Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Basic Human Decency”.
I have to say, I couldn’t agree more.
From the blog of the victim,
I received a personal call from one of the co-founders of Airbnb. We had a lengthy conversation, in which he indicated having knowledge of the (previously mentioned) person who had been apprehended by the police, but that he could not discuss the details or these previous cases with me, as the investigation was ongoing. He then addressed his concerns about my blog post, and the potentially negative impact it could have on his company’s growth and current round of funding. During this call and in messages thereafter, he requested that I shut down the blog altogether or limit its access, and a few weeks later, suggested that I update the blog with a “twist” of good news so as to “complete[s] the story”.
Our entrepreneurs today are giving up their humanity in exchange for wealth. In their pursuit for more money and more funding, they are losing their ability to care for the people around them. We need companies who care. We need a better breed of entrepreneurs who can see beyond the money, and really care about the people around them.
But to be human means to care for each other, and civilization means to work together to create a better life. If that’s true there is nothing human and nothing civilized about what we’re doing here.
The moment we stop fighting for each other, that’s the moment we lose our humanity.
Let’s hope we start seeing change. And let’s hope we start seeing more entrepreneurs who are more dedicated to serving their customers, than just making more money.