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"Hacking the Bay Area"... still as relevant (and unsolved) as ever 4 years on...
In many booming white-collar cities, such as Palo Alto, with its median property value of $2.5 million, even six-figure earners struggle to find affordable housing. Credit Photograph by Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
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Venkatesh Rao
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There's room for 20 in the two holiday hangout rooms (A and 1) this evening. Join whichever one has fewer people. We can move around once there's critical mass in both rooms. Critical mass = 1 pizza size.
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Venkatesh Rao
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For those who recently joined this group... this is pretty much a "room of requirement" type group that we only use for occasional hangouts. Don't expect to see active discussions here. Just setting expectations :)
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I actually get that reference, now.
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Jordan Peacock
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Thanks to Ergest, Chris, Brandon and Britt for making Hangout the 3rd an enjoyable way to spend a Thursday evening.
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Awesome, thank you!
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Venkatesh Rao
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Hangout #2 concluded successfully. Thanks all who attended: +Mark Maxham , +Brandon Hudgeons , +Megan Lubaszka , +Deepa Shiva , +Steven Moody , +Isaac Wyatt ... and sorry about my audio snafus and interrupted participation. Need to do this more frequently.
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I thought I saw everybody else also making sign-off noises. Keep at it :)
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Jordan Peacock
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In Venkat's defense, he wasn't involved in this. :)

Be Slightly Evil, my Magic: the Gathering styled refactorpedia is open for playtesters.

Instructions for playtesting are at the link below. There is also a github repo if you wish to tinker. I'm open to pull requests; see the page for details.

Enjoy!

http://hewhocutsdown.wix.com/be-slightly-evil
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Alex S

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In line with Venkat's previous "Jailbreaking the Bay Area" theme... recent events appear to be adding some urgency to mix:

techcrunch.com/2014/01/24/it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-way/

"...Here is an idea for a Google X moonshot: Bay Area housing.

It sounds ridiculous. But frankly, it’s a waste for Google to spend its time media coaching employees at a hearing for $1 fees on bus stops, when it could be joining forces with Facebook, Apple, Twitter and other large tech companies to push for regionwide housing solutions.
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...Then in San Francisco, even though there is overwhelming demand for housing, there are literally hundreds of neighborhood associations that have blocked construction for years. The homeowners and tenants’ rights organizations are tightly organized, but there is no one powerful speaking on behalf of prospective buyers or renters at city hall or planning commission meetings.

Take 1050 Valencia, which is supposed to turn an old KFC building in San Francisco’s Mission District into an apartment building. Its two sole affordable housing units were lopped off last month because the neighborhood association was concerned that the building’s proposed five-story height would affect the “character” of the street. Keep in mind that it’s taken 1050 Valencia six years to even get this far.

This is really, really important. When hyperlocal politics and NIMBYism are able to blockade regional development, it actually destroys most of the positive spillovers we would otherwise see from tech job creation into the broader economy. That’s because real wage gains are being held down by the high housing costs for everyone.

So controversial as it is to say, Google needs to start thinking about the entire Bay Area as a company town. They are one of the few entities here that has the capital and political clout to influence development across the entire region.

Remember that BART started out as a pipe dream after World War II in 1946 through many informal meetings between business leaders and mayors from around the Bay.

We need this kind of leadership again. Surely, if Apple, Facebook and Google can drop a few billion dollars and commission architects like Norman Foster and Frank Gehry to thoughtfully design their future headquarters, they can think intelligently about how to house all of the employees who will commute to work there. This may mean becoming more organized about confronting NIMBYists who are inadvertently denying others affordable housing in favor of preserving their own property values."
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And of course then there's the ongoing California drought/water situation: science.time.com/2014/01/23/hundred-years-of-dry-how-californias-drought-could-get-much-much-worse/ (must-read on pre-1700's patterns etc.)
There is a story being told about us here in the tech industry in San Francisco -- that we are entitled, or that we are oblivious. I don't believe that's..
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Oakland officially on the feeding-frenzy map (not that it wasn't already...)
>> "Uber shakes up real estate market with massive deal for Oakland's former Sears building - San Francisco Business Times"

www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2015/09/exclusive-uber-oakland-sears-building.html
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Venkatesh Rao
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+Brandon Hudgeons 's Schoox demo was awesome. I like hearing about products in a non-transactional context that's neither about pitching to VCs, nor about pitching to big prospective customers.  Anyone else want to talk about their startup/product etc.? Just email me if you want to set something up. 
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I got one, but I need some transactional context pitching advice, so I will try a clarity call first :) 
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Venkatesh Rao
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Alright, here goes.
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