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
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
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
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, 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
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
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Experts say that if Silicon Valley wants to eliminate pervasive sexism and racism, growing companies need to put inclusion at their core.
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
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
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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
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
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...
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
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.
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. Related: Why Microsoft Accidentally Unleashed a Neo-Nazi Sexbot.
• 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
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 […]