Digg founder and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose found himself the target of anti-tech protestors over the weekend. The gatherers held up signs and passed out leaflets to Rose’s neighbors that portrayed him as a parasite within the community.
Rose posted a copy of one of the fliers on Instagram Sunday afternoon. The document says that as a partner venture capitalist at Google Ventures, Rose directs the flow of capital from Google into the tech startup bubble that is destroying San Francisco.
It’s the startups that he funds that are bringing swarms of young entrepreneurs to the area, the leaflet reads. These techies on average earn four times more than a normal service worker. The group behind the protest said they are the ones serving them food, watching their kids, mopping their floors and apparently servicing them in other ways.
Simply put, the group said they are tired of the miserable and untenable situation.
Some of those that took part in the protest call themselves the Counterforce. They’ve penned a lengthy blog post about the whole situation for those interested in checking it out.
Tech industry protestors blame such high-paid tech employees for driving up the cost of rent and home ownership in San Francisco and Oakland as they migrate to these areas from Silicon Valley. It’s a real problem that even Rose was willing to acknowledge.
Despite the name-calling, Rose did agree on Twitter that they need to solve rising rent costs and keeping the San Francisco culture intact.