San Francisco and their affiliated cities are true meritocracies in their own rights. Yes, they have far more strict rules than other areas of America, and their politics can be a bit extreme, but anyone can make it there. All you have to do is have an idea that people like and the ability to market it to the masses. Or the appropriately exclusive clients who can make you a success with a simple nod towards whoever writes their checks. You also need to avoid the black listings that are surprisingly easy to earn if you say or do the “wrong” thing. Though innovators are often welcome in other areas of America where “banned in Pacifica” is seen as an award no money can buy.