What do you call someone who owns property and rents it out to other folks? If you guessed "landlord," you're wrong and behind the times, pal. According to Oakland realtor Joe Dickerson's Facebook ad, it's actually called "house hacking," and it carries with it a multitude of benefits, including getting "PAID to live for FREE."
Silicon Valley just figured out what being a landlord is pic.twitter.com/hMV7eHBRVU— fry (@anniefryman) October 28, 2017
The ad was only up for a little while says SFGate, who noted that it was replaced with an ad that has a "more basic caption" advertising an open house. Dickerson even commented on the internet's response to his earlier ad, writing, "Love it. Lots of funny in there. And some hate. And truth. Pretty good ratios overall."
While Keller Williams Realty isn't exactly part of the tech industry, Dickerson's ad calls to mind the many times in which the tech-set saw fit to reinvent the proverbial wheel. It's almost a meme-level gag at this point to congratulate the tech industry on discovering things that already exist.
Congrats to the tech industry on inventing house plants pic.twitter.com/7Btsyshc62— tiny dad gets mad (@Boringstein) October 31, 2017
holy shit this is literally just a fucking bus route burn silicon valley to the ground and salt the ashes https://t.co/n9K9c9X2YO— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) June 19, 2017
what if we took lyft shuttle, and moved it underground, and dug out special tunnels for them to drive around in underground— ☭ライアン☭ (@hupperts) June 19, 2017
But what if the Lyft shuttle were on some kind of elevated track? And what if the pitch for financing could be made in song form? pic.twitter.com/U2OxmOIbjQ— Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) June 19, 2017
And of course, who could forget the much-maligned "Bodega" startup, which aims to place vending machines on the ground floor of every apartment that sells your everyday snacks, sundries, and supplies.
couple assholes invented a vending machine: https://t.co/igjyOMTn3D— jes skolnik (@modernistwitch) September 13, 2017
"Bodega" was seen as a gentrification of your mom-and-pop bodega (or corner store, depending on where you live), and saw some swift backlash because of that. Frankly, the tech industry's obsession with "disrupting" already-existing industries and businesses reached lampoon levels long ago, and it's never been more clear that time really is a flat circle, and everything we do, create, or say are all just echoes reverberating throughout all of time and space, ultimately leaving us with nothing but the static-filled feedback of us shouting into an unforgiving, unrelenting void.
That or we're all just out of fresh ideas. Whichever.