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Ellen Pao explains how the affair she had at work led to her infamous gender discrimination lawsuit

The road to Ellen Pao's infamous gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins began with a 2006 business trip. Pao, then a junior partner at the Silicon Valley venture firm, was asked to take a trip to Germany with another partner, Ajit Nazre. Show More Summary

Benchmark vs Kalanick (featuring Pishevar): A modern Silicon Valley morality play

How appropriate that the battle over the future of Uber’s board and soul has come down to a public fight, full of high-minded rhetoric as everyone tries to look like the most righteous player. There’s Benchmark’s open letter to Uber’s employees: We know that many of you are asking why Benchmark filed a lawsuit against Travis last week. Show More Summary

Maybe Net Neutrality Needs to Apply to Silicon Valley

In the debate for net neutrality, its been left versus right for about a decade. Silicon Valley, and Democrats are for net neutrality while conservatives are for free markets with minimal government regulation.The biggest argument advocates...Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Pinterest page on Haiti. 2. The economic value of birds. 3. Taiwanese brain drain. 4. Is lack of a home toilet grounds for divorce? 5. Ellen Pao’s account of Silicon Valley discrimination; one of the best argued and presented of such pieces. 6. Claims about collisons. 7. Underpass studio workspace. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Ellen Pao on Silicon Valley sexism

5 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Ellen Pao, a former Reddit chief and partner at Kleiner-Perkins (which she unsuccessfully sued over discrimination), explains How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley. Sometimes the whole world felt like a nerdy frat house. People in the venture world spoke fondly about the early shenanigans at big companies. Show More Summary

10 things you need to know in markets today

Good morning! Here's what you need to know in markets on Monday. 1. One of Silicon Valley's top investment firms is in talks to buy a stake in TransferWise, the digital payments app, cementing its status as one of Britain's most promising technology start-ups, Sky News reports. Show More Summary

Startups could be key to fixing tech's diversity problem - CNET

22 hours agoTechnology : CNET: News

Experts say that if Silicon Valley wants to eliminate pervasive sexism and racism, growing companies need to put inclusion at their core.

10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • Starbucks Teaches Silicon Valley a Lesson in Tech (Barron’s) • Donald Trump puts the great ‘Cohn trade’ in doubt (Financial Times) • The Unsolvable Puzzle (Collaborative Fund) • Dow 36,000: Mass Illusion,...Show More Summary

Silicon Valley’s Techno-Capitalists Have a Low-Wage Worker Revolt on Their Hands

Unionization is a momentous feat for any labor sector, but in Silicon Valley it’s downright Herculean. In one of the nation’s most economically disparate enclaves, the tide of organized labor is rising. Last month, more than 500 Facebook cafeteria workers in Silicon Valley voted to unionize in a move for higher wages, fair hours and secure benefits. Show More Summary

Silicon Valley has finally found the one line that can't be crossed — now it has a bigger problem

In the aftermath of last year's presidential election, tech execs were unanimous in denying that their various platforms had anything to do with the spread of falsehoods, fake news, and outright lies that allegedly contributed to President...Show More Summary

The Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Stinks — and That is a Good Thing

2 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

I remember driving alone south on United States Highway 101 into Gilroy from the Silicon Valley area — and that familiar pungent odor of my favorite bulb welcomed by my olfactory sense confirmed that I was nearing the self-proclaimed...Show More Summary

At global competition, girls push frontiers of technology

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A group of Cambodian girls who recently traveled to California to compete in a mobile app competition offered inspiration for other girls worldwide to consider careers in technology. Their pitch in Silicon Valley wasn’t a bid to be the next billion-dollar company. Instead, they want to help...

Tech’s Swift Reaction To Hate Groups Was Years In The Making

Advocates like the Anti-Defamation League have been cajoling Silicon Valley for years to cut off violent white-supremacist groups. The sometimes-uncomfortable relationship between online service providers and their more unsavory customers changed in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy. Show More Summary

Banning neo-Nazis online may be slippery slope, tech group warns Silicon Valley

The same tactics used to ban neo-Nazis online will likely be used against other political groups, says The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a response to powerful tech companies in Silicon Valley.

Banning neo-Nazis online may be slippery slope, tech group warns Silicon Valley

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Not everyone in Silicon Valley agrees with how major tech companies have grappled with white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville. The San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation, a major player in debates over civil liberties and digital privacy said in a blog post Thursday that Google and GoDaddy booting a far-right website from their services […]

WHY IS SILICON VALLEY SO RACIST? AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices. …

WHY IS SILICON VALLEY SO RACIST? AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices. Related: Why Microsoft Accidentally Unleashed a Neo-Nazi Sexbot.

Ford's CEO wants to transform how people get around in cities — but not with robot cars (F)

• Ford CEO Jim Hackett is an advocate of "design thinking" • He has a lot of credibility in Silicon Valley. • But his approach might be at odds with the tech industry's metabolism. Ford CEO Jim Hackett feels your pain. Seriously, ifShow More Summary

Robots: Our New Overlords, Or Just the Latest Bit of Silicon Valley Hype?

Will artificial intelligence take away all our jobs in the fairly near future? I think so, but I acknowledge that the case either way is speculative since there’s no way to know for sure how fast we’re going to make progress on AI. All any of us can do is marshal the evidence about how […]

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