Instead of criticizing the specific thing they don't like about you, Silicon Valley scum will make a general statement, with the implication that you are violating it. For example, if they think you are uncooperative, instead of saying this they might say something like "It's good to be cooperative". By veiling their criticisms like this, the Silicon Valley scum make it difficult for their criticisms to be picked apart. It deprives the person on the receiving end of the criticism the opportunity to ask "How so?" Instead he can only respond in one of two ways: 1) Infer the criticism and respond accordingly, in which case he will appear aggressive for assuming bad faith, or 2) Not infer the criticism, in which case he appears stupid for not picking up on the "hint".
I find it extremely irritating when Silicon Valley scum criticize in this way. It is sophistry disguised as tactfulness. I generally support free speech, but if I were king I would make speaking like this a capital offence.