It might just be me, but it seems that Dave’s posts lately have had an increasing number of claims of ageism. It seems that any time he gets snubbed, his immediate reaction is that it’s on account of his age. I’m sure that, sometimes, it is. Most of the time, however, it appears that it could just as easily be his lack of relevant experience and/or his distinct inability to work with anyone who doesn’t kiss his ass.
Take, for example, his latest claim:
Facing facts, I’ve been sidelined in tech for quite a number of years. No one offers me a place in new startups. When I was younger things were a lot different.
If I can’t get into the game, I can’t imagine there’s much chance for most other people in their 50′s to play a role. Which is really fucked up.
If you’ve been paying any attention at all to Dave for the past 10 years (or 10 minutes) you can probably think of a dozen reasons why no sane startup would want him within 100 miles of its headquarters. Just off the top of my head:
- He’s a polarizing figure who engenders a great deal of hate in the way he treats other people
- He commonly displays an inability to work with others
- His experience is tremendously out-dated — can’t even be bothered to implement new, popular formats because they’re too hard.
People might discriminate on him based on his age, but he doesn’t give them a chance. They’re too busy discriminating against him because he’s a self-righteous asshole. Unfortunately for him, that’s not a protected class in the U.S.