Silicon Valley’s ‘Hacker Hostels’: America’s Next Top Model, But for Startups?

In the New York Times today, Brian X. Chen covers the proliferation of “hacker hostels,” in Silicon Valley. These non-descript, sparsely-furnished buildings codify everything that that tech industry likes to valorize about the ascetic life of a young founder. Don’t believe us? The accompanying slideshow actually features an artfully-arranged photograph of Ramen noodle packets . . . on a bunk bed.

At this point, noodle packets and cramped quarters are almost (anti)-status symbols. This is paying your dues before the pampering and perks kick in
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Silicon Valley’s ‘Hacker Hostels’: <em>America’s Next Top Model</em>, But for Startups?