This once-in-a-lifetime success on such a grand scale is so completely unique for those in the Bay Area and specifically, Silicon Valley. Moreover, our Facebook and tech clients at Linx Dating are so down-to-earth and extremely private and this is just as attractive or more so than the quantitative wealth outcome.
The culture of the Silicon Valley, and companies like FB, do not encourage “showing off” wealth like some might envision. People here (regardless of their net worth) are simply low key. Newly minted millionaires and seasoned entrepreneurs don’t really talk about it. Sure, they might drive a fast new car but most are still wearing the t-shirts, jeans, and famous “hoodie” ala Zuck or black turtleneck ala Jobs.
In Palo Alto, anyone on any given day can walk down the street and rub shoulders with a ka-zillionnaire and never know it! The flash and excess doesn’t happen here on a level that some might think. The guy or girl you pass and lock eyes with on Hamilton Avenue leaving the popular Creamery for lunch could be the next big thing but you most likely will never know. They fade into the distance and head back to work to tinker away and code deep into the night.
In the Valley, you have these incredibly bright super star entrepreneur women and men focused on the next big thing, stocking their money away intelligently and figuring out how to create their next fortune. The VCs come piling in, offering term sheets, and currently there is so much cash flowing in the Valley with all the deals that it is THE time for a entrepreneur to hit the ground running and seize their dream.
When these successful young entrepreneurs and techies are out and about socializing, they often don’t mention where they work. If they did mention “FB”, “Zynga”, “Google” etc, so many people would anchor to that, fixate, and then it can become a slippery slope of ‘how many stock options do you have’, ‘how long have you been at the company’ ‘ what is your company’s exit’ and so forth. Instead, most will just “be”, hang within a trusted circle of friends they already know over beers at The Old Pro and if meeting a stranger will be the last to brag about options or wealth.
Importantly, it isn’t just the men who are making the $. We see so many incredibly successful females of all ages (lots of 20 somethings to 60s) who have “made it” coming into our Menlo Park offices. These women desire a guy who is with them for the right reasons, who might have a similar net worth where it simply isn’t an issue and when each respective person’s net worth is equal, it dissipates any possible tension and creates a neutral playing field. A situation where they don’t have to worry and instead focus on really getting to know one another.
Enjoy this video from CNET wanted-a-single-facebook-millionaire