Holy shit - as soon as I clicked onto this piece
by Rebecca Jennings for Vox (she never misses) I knew I was in for a ride. It’s an investigation into ‘Lanch House’ a hype house style… thing (idk what to call it) where a bunch of tech founders can pay to stay in a $12m mansion, in an incubator type way. Sound cool? It appears it was not. More on that in a sec. Here’s what Rebecca says the Launch House was aiming to do:
“Launch House’s pitch for its cohorts is that, by networking and bonding in extremely close quarters for just four weeks, its members will learn skills and make connections that are far more valuable for their careers than what a traditional college degree provides. It’s part of a larger trend in the tech world of augmenting or even circumventing traditional institutions — school, church, a shared workplace — to build knowledge but also community, digitally and IRL. No longer is the startup founder’s maxim to create a “minimum viable product”; now they need a “minimum viable community.”
Oh, and it was all originally meant to be filmed for a reality TV show for Instagram and TikTok.
But, what the Launch House actually
appeared to do was allow a gross culture of violation and mistreatment of women run rampant, where people were overdosing, and women were being roofied and then locked out of the house after going to the hospital for a sexual assault forensic exam.
All of this and more is included in the piece
, which you should definitely go and read! because damn… LA is wild.