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‘Police state’ & unhealthy for IT enterprise: Telegram founder who ditched Russia unloads on the US & life in Silicon Valley

‘Police state’ & bad for IT business: Telegram founder who ditched Russia unloads on the US & life in Silicon Valley


Excessive taxes, unhealthy healthcare, police repression, lack of tradition, poor schooling… Telegram founder Pavel Durov desires you to know he actually doesn’t like Silicon Valley and thinks residing or doing enterprise within the US is a horrible thought.

The St. Petersburg-born Durov, 35, is greatest often known as a cofounder of Russia’s premier social community VKontakte and later Telegram, an immensely common encrypted messaging app. As a self-professed vegetarian and libertarian, he provides many Silicon Valley tech moguls a run for his or her cash with regards to quirks – however outdid all of them when he resigned from VKontakte in 2014 and left Russia altogether, saying it was “incompatible with web enterprise in the mean time.”

He has since purchased citizenship within the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. This week, nonetheless, he posted a rant in Russian searching for to disabuse aspiring Russian tech entrepreneurs from believing a puff piece about Silicon Valley made by opposition blogger Yury Dud.

The US isn’t a very good place to dwell or do IT enterprise. I’m satisfied that anybody who desires to depart Jap Europe should take into account different choices.

In his “Seven causes to not transfer to Silicon Valley,” Durov brings up the truth that the US is a “police state” that not solely leads the world within the variety of individuals in prisons, however has additionally unjustly persecuted not less than one of many protagonists of Dud’s movie. Telegram additionally confronted FBI strain in 2016, he famous.

The healthcare system is “ineffective and costly,” and it’s cheaper for a lot of Jap European immigrants to fly again for medical procedures. People are additionally fats, Durov argues, blaming widespread weight problems on “poorly regulated meals processing, a low tradition of consuming, and stress.”

Silicon Valley itself is “just a few villages with restricted cultural life,” whereas the close by San Francisco is beset by excessive crime and numerous homeless individuals. It’s the solely place the place he was ever robbed in broad daylight, Durov notes.

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Overlook discovering competent staff within the US, the Telegram founder added: because of a “low high quality of secondary schooling” the US is mediocre at arithmetic. Native programmers are “costly, spoiled and sometimes unable to concentrate on work because of the circulate of extraneous solutions and concepts.” So immigrants want to work with their very own individuals, solely to run into the 10-hour time distinction with Jap Europe or India. Why not arrange store in a time zone that’s nearer?

Taxes within the US are astronomical in comparison with Jap Europe or locations just like the United Arab Emirates, the place they’re successfully zero. The US can also be the one nation on the planet that taxes its residents overseas, Durov continues. He’s solely technically mistaken, since solely the African nation of Eritrea additionally tries to take action.

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Final however not least, Durov calls the American market “overheated and overregulated,” representing solely 4 p.c of the world’s inhabitants. Whereas all the most important web innovation as soon as got here from Silicon Valley, as we speak the digital frontier is in locations like India. 

“Shifting to the US as we speak is like shopping for shares at peak worth,” concludes Durov.

Durov could also be talking from private expertise – and he clearly has a grudge in opposition to the US authorities. Along with his unlucky 2016 foray to San Francisco, he has unsuccessfully tried to launch Telegram Open Community (TON) – Durov’s blockchain platform meant to each function a parallel “darkish web” and host his personal cryptocurrency – solely to be blocked by the US Securities and Change Fee. His try to refund the buyers in full was blocked final month by a federal district courtroom in New York.

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