Coconut bras in Silicon Valley

There’s an interesting article over at Wired, the thesis of which is that Silicon Valley has become a system that allows major companies to outsource their R&D cheaply, at the cost of the enormous personal sacrifice that would-be entrepreneurs pour in. It’s an interesting idea – I don’t know the context well enough to critically evaluate it, but it seems plausible.

What stood out for me though was the glowing recommendation for MIT:

He had a PhD in AI from MIT. Just to contextualize what that means in Silicon Valley, an MIT AI PhD can generally walk alone into an investor meeting wearing a coconut-shell bra, perform a series of improvised birdcalls, and walk out with $1 million. 

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