"Another fascinating phenomenon in the valley is that every entrepreneur and investor seems genuinely interested in helping strangers succeed"
No. They are genuinely interested in their own success. The success of strangers can pass as their success, but defining that success is up to them, not to the strangers. So while the success of strangers might well line up with their own success, conflating one with the other is incorrect. And if a startup can bamboozle strangers into thinking that they've succeeded, well, that's pure gold right there.
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