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Startup offers tech workers $10,000 to leave Bay Area

Here’s one way to boot tech bros out of Silicon Valley. Three former Google employees are hoping that $10,000 is sufficient incentive to get techie residents the hell out of San Francisco. For a monthly rate, the San Jose, California-based company, MainStreet, helps smaller tech companies identify and manage employees who are open to leaving the Bay Area and working remotely. “We want to make it possible to have a great career and not be pulled into a certain geographic area,” MainStreet co-founder Dan Lindquist, a self-described “somewhat disaffected Bay Area resident” tells The Mercury News. MainStreet trains those willing to leave to do video conferences, and then places them in a WeWork-like communal office alongside ot ...