eBay founder Pierre Omidyar seems like a level-headed fellow, so the Q&A with him today in Business Week is worth a look. I was entertained, however, at the following exchange:
Q: You now live outside Las Vegas. Why did you leave Silicon Valley?
A: The public servants can’t live in the communities they serve there because it’s too expensive. It didn’t feel like a healthy dynamic. So when we came back from France, we decided to find another place.
Omidyar left the Valley and moved to Las Vegas because the latter seemed a healthier dynamic? Now that’s a statement, of sorts, about Silicon Valley — apparently even Las Vegas seems sane and mature by comparison.