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Why Burning Man is not an example of a loosely regulated tech utopia

"We used to have R.V.s and precooked meals," said a man who attends Burning Man with a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs... "Now, we have the craziest chefs in the world and people who build yurts for us that have beds and air-conditioning." He added with a sense of amazement, "Yes, air-conditioning in the middle of the desert!"

His camp includes about 100 people from the Valley and Hollywood start-ups, as well as several venture capital firms. And while dues for most non-tech camps run about $300 a person, he said his camp's fees this year were $25,000 a person. A few people, mostly female models flown in from New York, get to go free, but when all is told, the weekend accommodations will collectively cost the partygoers over $2 million.

Such camps, reports Bilton, also included "Sherpas" that serve as servants.


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5 Responses:

  1. James says:

    I hope the sherpas get their own fixmyjob.com tiger team.

  2. Jim Sweeney says:

    Still the greatest graffiti of all time. ;)

    • mattyj says:

      I've seen some similar graffiti (same font, on a sidewalk) that said 'Social media is stupid', which I am kind of fond of.

  3. Don Hopkins says:

    San Francisco is so pleasant this time of year.

  4. Don Hopkins says:

    BTW, nice shoes, Jamie! I wish I had the legs to pull that off.

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