ISSUE – Nov. 21 | ‘I wanted to hit a nerve’: How one entrepreneur exposed Silicon Valley’s anxieties.

Sunil Rajaraman didn’t plan to go viral. After texting back and forth with a friend about Silicon Valley stereotypes in August, he hastily formed them into a blog post called “This Is Your Life in Silicon Valley,” firing off his first draft on the blogging platform Medium.

To his surprise, a lot of people read it — more than a million of them, Rajaraman said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher.

“Just beneath the surface, this is what people feel,” he said. “And I think a lot of the writing in the Valley right now is pretty surface-level. I wanted to hit a nerve. I wanted people to read this and say, ‘This is me!’”