Anti-tech protesters target Google ventures partner

Monday morning protesters marched outside the San Francisco home of Google ventures partner Kevin Rose, upset at the city's changes.
April 7, 2014 10:44:28 PM PDT
In San Francisco there is more tension and resentment toward tech workers. Some are angry about the changes they believe those high paid, high tech types are bringing to the city. The latest protest happened right in front of the home of a Google employee.

Kevin Rose is the latest target and he's been talking about it on social media. He's not necessarily happy that protesters converged on his neighborhood, but he does seem to agree with them on some of the issues.

Rose made headlines for a video he posted on YouTube last summer, plucking a raccoon off his dog and throwing it down the stairwell. Now, Rose is in the news again, this time for his Instagram post that shows a flyer which protesters distributed in his Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco.

"It's a very offensive flyer," said neighbor Andrew Susanto.

Susanto received one of the flyers, which calls Rose a parasite. Rose is a Google ventures partner, and according to protesters, "The start-ups that he funds bring the swarms of young entrepreneurs that have ravaged the landscapes of San Francisco and Oakland."

"It's kind of unfair to just come here in the morning and to shout at his house, saying he's a parasite," said Susanto.

This is just the latest incident in the escalating war against tech workers, who are being blamed for gentrification and rising housing costs.

Last week, demonstrators in Oakland climbed onto a Yahoo bus and vomited on the windshield.

Rose declined to make any comments on-camera, but in a tweet said, "...I did agree with them that we need to solve rising rents, keep the SF culture, and crack down on landlords booting folks out."

"I've had my home protested multiple times. But I'm an elected official," said San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Wiener has been outspoken on the tech worker issue. He says while demonstrators have a right to protest, their approach is misguided. He told ABC7 News, "Trying to demonize technology workers is not going to make housing more affordable."

ABC7 News tried to reach the people behind the flyer, through their blog, but we are still waiting for a response.


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