[Noisebridge-discuss] MongoDB Office Hours

David Valdman dmvaldman at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 07:08:52 UTC 2015

I’m not a member, but my personal opinion is that if I were to imagine two
worlds: one with NB hosting many such events, and another with NB hosting
no such events, I would prefer living in the latter. Since an abundance of
excellence is still excellent, it’s my opinion that this is not an
excellent event.


On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:55 PM, 2011PIguppy2011 <2011PIguppy2011 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> As far as I am concerned, free office hours are just that. I don't see the
> point in injecting SF city politics / hot button issues into this and I see
> it as blatant trolling. Noisebridge is not a political nonprofit.
> It would be great to have more responsible people in the space at a
> regular time using it to hack on tech. He said it was open office hours for
> whoever.
> On Monday, July 20, 2015, Praveen Sinha <dmhomee at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 8:24 PM, Garrett Smith <dhtmlkitchen at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> > We usually announce on Twitter that we’ll be available at the venue and
>>> > typically expect about 10 to 12 people to drop in on average. Anyone
>>> with
>>> > questions about MongoDB are welcome. I’d like to start the first
>>> "office
>>> > hours” Thursday the 23rd, from 4-6 PM.  Do you feel that Noisebridge
>>> is an
>>> > appropriate please to host these small meetups?
>>> >
>>> I think that it's doocratic in the spirit of Noisebridge. You'll need
>>> to chec the schedule for room availability of Turing or Church before
>>> booking your room by editing the wiki.
>> I vehemently disagree  -- MongoDB is a for profit company that would
>> otherwise pay top dollar to have real estate to run where it can get
>> mindshare for other engineers.   While I support noisebridge to support our
>> own community members to launch their for profit projects (for example,
>> mitch altman pitching his electronics), it's frankly because of companies
>> like MongoDB getting a free ride from the city that not only is
>> Noisebridge's rent going up, but everyone in the neighborhood getting
>> kicked out as well.
>> Noisebridge it  /community/ space - so I really have ask, what concrete
>> value does MongoDB add to this community?   Why not give Microsoft or Apple
>> free space to develop mindshare in our community?
>> We may need cash, and once again our non-profit status does not allow us
>> to have in-kind donations.  But, if you really want to play ball with these
>> companies, we better make our benefit very tangible and make it *a lot*.
>> MongoDB would otherwise pay thousands if not tens of thousands to have a
>> deal somewhere else in the city.  We are a premium spot for it, and we
>> should make it such that even the poorest and most unconnected of us are
>> able to benefit from it.
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