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Shingy may have met his match: Justin Rosenstein looks like your typical geek gentry, but underneath the milquetoast-chic demeanor, he's bubble buzzword demon. Watch as he channels every obnoxious Silicon Valley delusion, all at once.
Change the world. Power. Influence. Innovation. Hand gestures. Literal self-comparisons to royalty. Slides. Rosenstein's keynote at this week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference has it all. There's a banal, pseudo-do-gooder theme ("Do great things"). There are several venn diagrams. There are repeated tone deaf calls to "have your cake and eat it too," an exhortation for all techies to embrace their Stanford dropout privilege and remake the world as they desire.
It would be entirely at home on Sunday night HBO—made all the more painful by the fact that Rosenstein actually references the show while diving into self-parody. To TechCrunch's credit, Rosenstein got a quick kick in the ass by Alex Wilhelm in a post-keynote interview—but why even invite on someone so clownish? Why give another aloof rich man-tween with nothing original to say a spot on a stage? Why let a man who basically builds fancy email software bloviate about changing humankind?