Techmeme, then, wields tremendous power over a tremendously
powerful group of people. And as its founder, Rivera has been
quietly defining Silicon Valley’s narrative for the industry’s
power brokers for more than a decade. But Rivera is uncomfortable
— or unwilling — to reckon with how his influence has affected
one of the most important and powerful industries in the world.
The result is that Rivera can cast himself both as a gimlet-eyed
insider with a powerful readership and as a mostly anonymous
entrepreneur running a niche link blog from the comfort of his
home. It’s a convenient cognitive dissonance.
I visit Techmeme once or twice on typical workdays. But I find it essential when I’m on vacation or otherwise offline for large stretches of time — it’s a great way to quickly check whether anything happened I need to know about. Nothing else like it.