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Tristan Walker acquisition by Procter & Gamble
For Walker—who has journeyed from Stanford Business School to Twitter to Fourquare to Andreessen Horowitz to his startup HQ in Palo Alto, California—the move to Atlanta is much more nuanced. Symbolic, even. “When I think about my consumers, they are in the southeast, they are in Atlanta,” he says. “When I consider things like how my son is raised, I want him to be around a supporting network of aspiring, forward-looking black folks.” Walker points to figures like Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, and PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell—as well as Code2040, which stays in San Fran—who, intentionally or not, will remain examples in the case against homogeneity in the tech industry.

“While I am thankful for what Silicon Valley has afforded me, this is the right move for the company, and on behalf of the people that we serve,” he says. “This is not about me.”
bevel  form-beauty  fastcompany.com  procter-&-gamble  tristan-walker  acquisition  silicon-valley  atlanta 
5 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Opinion | What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue - The New York Times

If Silicon Valley wants to help the world, there is a lot it can do, starting with making its own products safer and its own companies more just. Perhaps most important, it can develop respect for hard-earned expertise in areas other than its own.
zeynep-tufekci  elon-musk  performative-publicity  savior-complex  the-new-york-times  thai-cave-rescue-mission  silicon-valley  tech 
july 2018 by yolandaenoch
Timeline: Susan Fowler's memo and a year of tech reckoning - Axios
or a long time, Silicon Valley's stories of harassment were chalked up to the industry's gender imbalance, but the past year has shown that it's part of a larger societal problem that's finally getting attention. Still, holding employers and harassers accountable remains a challenge.
susan-fowler  silicon-valley  tech  google  uber  axios  sexual-harassment  kia-kokalitcheva  justin-caldbeck  binary-capital  500-startups  dave-mcclure  dara-khosrowshahi  pay-inequality  pay-discrimination  me-too  harvey-weinstein  hollywood  shervin-pishevar  steve-jurvetson 
february 2018 by yolandaenoch
She’s 26, and Brought Down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s Next?
“The second Trump won, I felt super-powerless and I thought, ‘Oh my God, no one’s looking out for us,’” she says. “They have the House, they have the Senate, they have the White House. And so we have to take it back ourselves. We have to be the ones doing the work.”
susan-fowler  uber  sexual-harassment  silicon-valley  maureen-dowd  the-new-york-times 
october 2017 by yolandaenoch
How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup - Bloomberg
On weekends, John pays for a Stanford student to tutor him in law, and Patrick has a physics tutor. Conversations with them tend to move from Turkish politics to San Francisco’s water supply to the joys of aviation (they’re pilots).

Three years ago, Stripe had 80 employees. Now it has 750. The company continues to try to cultivate its enlightened reputation among developers. Recently it hired Susan Fowler, whose blog alleging a corporate culture of sexual harassment at Uber set off an internal investigation. (Ultimately, CEO Travis Kalanick resigned.) At Stripe, Fowler oversees a quarterly publication, Increment, that collects stories on how engineers at other companies solved problems. Stripe also acquired Indie Hackers, a site that specializes in case studies about apps and software tools.
stripe  profile  bloomberg  susan-fowler  silicon-valley  startups  ashlee-vance  patrick-collison  john-collison 
august 2017 by yolandaenoch
BBC - Capital - The man who takes a plane to work every day
Curt von Badinski, a mechanical engineer and co-founder of a San Francisco-based tech company, has a six-hour daily commute from Los Angeles – most of it by plane.
bbc  curt-von-badinski  silicon-valley  silicon-beach  san-francisco  los-angeles  commutes 
july 2017 by yolandaenoch
I Have More Work To Do. – Chris Sacca
I’ve learned that it’s often the less obvious, yet pervasive and questionable, everyday behaviors of men in our industry that collectively make it inhospitable for women.
chris-sacca  sexual-harassment  silicon-valley  medium 
july 2017 by yolandaenoch
Pando: The Free Market that goes around, comes around
But this also boils down to the difference between sexism and misogyny. A lot of people use them interchangeably, but according to philosopher Kate Manne, sexism is the belief system that holds up the patriarchy. Misogyny is the tool by which it is enforced. Sexism is universal-- we are all victims of it. Misogyny is only deployed when needed. If you are the “right” kind of woman, you may not experience misogyny. If you are a white woman-- for instance-- pitching a VC who only preys on Asian women, you may never know of his dark side.

This is important to keep in mind over the next few months, because shit is about to explode. Many women will likely be horrified learning of the other side of a male mentor who may have been helpful for us. Don’t fall into the cool girl/“good guy” trap. Wait, watch, and listen for the evidence.
lightspeed-capital  binary-capital  jonathan-teo  silicon-valley  justin-caldbeck  sarah-lacy  pando  gender-inequality  sexism  sexual-harassment  misogyny 
june 2017 by yolandaenoch
Tech Culture Will Never Change When ‘Good Guys’ like Jonathan Teo Get a Pass
When another man is exposed, another good man will stand beside him and say that he didn’t know this man was bad, that he thought he had changed, that he’s sorry that he did nothing, that he didn’t realize that giving him a position of power was a bad idea, that he’s sorry that he cared more about the tremendous amounts of money he would be losing than women who had been wronged. But give this good man some time and he’ll get it right, folks.
katy-l  medium  justin-caldbeck  reid-hoffman  silicon-valley  sexual-harassment  sarah-lacy  reed-albergotti  jonathan-teo 
june 2017 by yolandaenoch
Silicon Valley's sexist swamp
Why it matters: Because it f'ing matters. The power dynamic between venture capitalists and fundraising founders is virtually the same as a boss and an employee. To even give a whiff of a sexual quid pro quo is not only to abuse your position, but is to absolutely devastate (usually first-time) female founders who already know that they stick out in a male-dominated startup ecosystem. If you've even walked up within spitting distance of the line, you've walked too far.
dan-primack  axios  sexual-harassment  silicon-valley  sexism  justin-caldbeck 
june 2017 by yolandaenoch
Strive to Shirk, Why Hard Work Doesn’t Work - Trebuchet Magazine

Apart from it sounding both patronising and fake (David Cameron is noted for both his passion for chillaxing and sleeping on the job), it also comes with an ugly subtext. If you are not ‘hard-working’, it is implied that you are ‘other’, a leech on society, a contemptible good-for-nothing. Naturally, people who can’t work hard, and who don’t have a million or so in the bank, are stigmatised.
work-environment  work-life-balance  workplace-culture  trebuchet-magazine  silicon-valley  alexander-hay 
june 2017 by yolandaenoch
Any thoughtful person of influence who puffs up Trump by meeting him & fails to use their power to speak up about his dangers is a disgrace.
If you are a billionaire, wholly safe, and you still can't muster the courage to speak your truths, what hope is there for the rest of us?

How can you write a book telling women to raise their hands more and seek higher pay as a path to social equality, and be silent about him?

How can you run a company pledging to organize all the world's information, and say nothing about a man who is waging a war on information?
anand-giridharadas  donald-trump  silicon-valley  leadership  courage  sheryl-sandberg  tim-cook  elon-musk  larry-page  facebook  google  tesla  apple 
december 2016 by yolandaenoch
Fuck This Tweet
Don't argue about regulation.
Build Uber.
Don't argue about monetary policy.
Build Bitcoin.
Don't argue about it.
Build the alternative.
andreessen-horowitz  bitcoin  uber  disruption  tech  silicon-valley  startups  balaji-srinivasan 
november 2016 by yolandaenoch
Peter Thiel donated big to Trump. Why does the tech world still embrace him?
How might they apply these same values not just in the product and business output, but in the way they build their workforce? As of now, tech has become synonymous with hostile and abusive spaces, especially for people of marginalized groups and women. The higher up you go, the more homogenous it becomes.

First Thiel, now the Trumps: how billionaires threaten free speech
Trevor Timm
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Things matter and add up. It’s not just hiring people of color, or sponsoring diversity events, or appointing a head of diversity and inclusion. True progress requires a fundamental change in the status quo.
peter-thiel  donald-trump  silicon-valley  diversity-in-tech  inclusion 
october 2016 by yolandaenoch
Three Years in San Francisco » Mike Industries
Life is too short to work with assholes, and if you are an asshole, my brain will concoct all sorts of reasons you are probably not the best person for the job. Conversely, if you are kind-hearted and emotionally intelligent, I will go out of my way to help you succeed in almost any situation.
san-francisco  silicon-valley  startups  work-environment  twitter  mike-davidson 
may 2016 by yolandaenoch
I quizzed dozens of Silicon Valley elites about inequality. Here's what they told me. - Vox
Even more troubling: Students who manage to finish online courses earn lower grades than they do in traditional classes. ?? Part of the reason for this is that students who are more vulnerable, who are younger, who aren’t sure where they are going, and who are still developing academic skills, go to college to learn how to learn. Many of these students arrive at college without skills that are vital to academic success — skills as basic as time management, note taking, using a library and recognizing when, how and whom to ask for help. // In interviews, many students report that the personal connections they develop with instructors in the classroom are vital to helping them learn. Instructors of online courses, on the other hand, report that students need to already possess well-developed study and time management skills to succeed in their classes. // Altman floats an idea that is increasingly popular among his elite friends: a basic minimum income, paid for by heavily taxing the ri
silicon-valley  paul-graham  income-inequality 
january 2016 by yolandaenoch
How We Talk When We Talk About Ambition — Medium
The words used to define the ideal Sequoia candidate- driven, hungry high performance standards are gender, race and academically neutral. Anyone, anywhere can embody them. But, they mean different things, to different people in different contexts. Unless we’re mindful of those differences we can’t actively do the work to translate across the language barriers that exist outside the inner circles of Silicon Valley. And we’ll continue to tug our collars and shrug our shoulders and convince ourselves this is about “lowering bars” while the walls continue to get higher.
ambition  language  silicon-valley  vc-funding  diversity  diversity-in-tech 
december 2015 by yolandaenoch
Q&A With Black Twitter Engineer Leslie Miley Who Left Over Diversity Problems : Code Switch : NPR
People in tech so want to believe in a meritocracy. They fundamentally want to believe it's about how good you are, how smart you are, how hard you work. Yeah, I'd like to believe that, too, but the fact of the matter is, when you don't give everybody the opportunity to work that hard, when you don't give everybody a fair opportunity to get through the door, it is not a meritocracy. And the moment you say "diversity," I think a lot of people think you're calling them racist or a bigot. They automatically go on the defensive, or they just don't want to have the conversation.
leslie-miley  twitter  diversity  diversity-in-tech  black-twitter  silicon-valley 
november 2015 by yolandaenoch
The Dark Side of Silicon Valley Diversity Targets
If a tech firm’s goal is to realize its full potential through diversity—and not simply to appear responsive to accusations that racism and sexism permeate the tech industry—then quotas are not the answer. The firm’s leadership must commit to doing the hard work of transforming its organizational culture into one where women and minorities can thrive. >> Another study found comprehensive evidence that benefactors of affirmative action programs are stigmatized as being less competent and less likeable and that this “stereotype threat” impairs performance. >> An experiment designed to ascertain the role of quotas in job preferences showed that 25 percent of men and 17 percent of women avoided firms with gender quotas. >> Quotas deter high-performing job seekers because they signal that a firm’s values may be at odds with the meritocratic ideals that they hold.
diversity-in-tech  diversity-in-hiring  tech  quotas  silicon-valley 
october 2015 by yolandaenoch
Silicon Valley's Culture of Amorality – Water Will Find its Way
"And like water, this culture of amorality doesn't set out to be evil, but it also doesn't set out to do good -- it sets out to see what it can get away with, what holes it can find to win and keep winning."
silicon-valley  technology  startups  company-culture 
november 2014 by yolandaenoch

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