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The Stark Political Divide Between Tech CEOs and Their Employees | The New Republic
> Lately, however, this cohort has begun to talk about themselves in a different way, as “tech workers.” Popularized by organizations like the Tech Workers Coalition—which was cofounded in San Francisco in 2014 by a labor organizer and a software engineer—the term challenges the Californian Ideology at several levels. As we usually understand them, workers are not "creatives," inspired by a higher calling. Most people are workers by necessity, and sell their labor to make a living. By calling themselves workers, members of the new movement are staking a claim to this common identity.

> As Stephanie Parker, one of the organizers of the Google walkout, explained to Wired, "Seeing the cafeteria workers and security guards at Silicon Valley companies bravely demand access to benefits and respect was a deeply inspiring experience." The tech worker movement has also drawn inspiration from organizing in other sectors. Leaders of the Google walkout hailed as a model protests by McDonald’s workers against sexual harassment. A Google worker who helped lead the anti-Pentagon campaign last year cited the influence of ongoing teacher strikes: "It’s time for us to join the new labor movement," the worker told Jacobin.
tech-workers  labor  labor-unions  silicon-valley 
9 days ago by tarakc02
Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
In 2011 I left my job as the second employee at Pinterest–before I vested any of my stock–to work on what I thought would be my life’s work. Gumroad would become a billion-dollar company, with…
startups  advice  gumroad  failure  silicon-valley  article  kpcb  lifestyle  startup  success 
9 days ago by cakeface
Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
@shl I shifted my focus from selling my book (using Gumroad, the platform he built) to growing a VC-backed company (which he invested in). We still disagree on some things I'm sure, but everyone could learn a lot and quickly by getting out of his or her bubble.
advice  failure  startups  gumroad  silicon-valley  article  kpcb  lifestyle  startup  success 
9 days ago by xer0x
The ‘Age of Tech’ Is Over - The Atlantic
Look closer at one big sector where tech companies have already started chewing: E-commerce. Online shopping is a $500 billion industry in the U.S., which sounds like quite a lot. But really, it’s no more than Americans spend each year at gas stations. Yep, gas stations.
tech  business  silicon-valley  economics 
4 weeks ago by jomc
Denmark plans 'Silicon Valley' on 9 artificial islands off Copenhagen - World Economic Forum
The Danish government wants to embark on a huge land-reclamation project that will see the creation of nine new islands, 10km south of Copenhagen.
Around-the-web  Matt  denmark  tech  high-tech  silicon-valley  business-globalization  this-week-447 
5 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Inside Shenzhen’s race to outdo Silicon Valley - MIT Technology Review
Shenzhen flooded the world with cheap gadgets. Can it now become what Silicon Valley never did—a global hub of innovation, entrepreneurship, and manufacturing?
china  innovation-hubs  electronics-industry  silicon-valley  competitiveness  Around-the-web  this-week-445 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess. - The New York Times
After Apple announced a large new campus in Austin, Tex. — creating as many as 15,000 jobs, none of them expected to be manufacturing — it’s worth looking at the company’s flirtation with advanced manufacturing in Silicon Valley in the 1980s.
u.s.-manufacturing  electronics-industry  apple  silicon-valley  california  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-445 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
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  procter-&-gamble  tristan-walker  acquisition  silicon-valley  atlanta 
9 weeks ago by yolandaenoch

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