“The rich are different from you and me.”
“Yes, they have more money.”
No exchange like that between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway ever took place, but it’s a lot more fun to imagine that it did, all the more so because what seems at first like a curt put-down contains within it the germ of a much more profound concurrence the more you think about it.
Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future by Hemant Taneja manages to embody both interpretations of that exchange. The millionaire venture capitalist’s book often reads like a literal vanity press product, bragging about all of the occasions Taneja’s investments thus far have paid off, including those you’ve heard of like the temporary-messages app Snapchat and those you probably haven’t, like the “consumer digital health company” with a “chronic disease management platform” Livongo.
In that way, it’s very much like if you’ve ever been cornered at a house party by someone you’ve just met who is quite sure everything they do is as interesting to you as it clearly is to them.
But, the rich are different from you and me, and what interests Taneja versus what does not is almost like reading an alien species talk about the implications of technology for the future.