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Uber is a mess — the “bad boy” ethos shattered, a nervous breakdown in its place. This week, the CEO announced he is taking a sudden leave of absence. A former U.S. attorney general released a brutal audit of the startup’s culture. It’s a terrifying moment for many investors who want that $70 billion unicorn to make them rich or richer — not implode.

But there is one Uber investor who stands out for how she decided to speak up. It was not very Silicon Valley-like of her, but Freada Kapor Klein wanted to turn the crisis into a teachable moment. And while this week’s events could lead her to say “I told you so,” she has a different takeaway.

Let’s rewind a few months. Kapor Klein decided to write an open letter to Uber — which she published with her husband — after a young woman shared an explosive account of sexual harassment at Uber headquarters.

Kapor Klein is a venture capitalist, or a VC. That means she makes money by betting on technology startups. Uber is one of those startups. She has committed to “impact investment” — businesses that can turn a profit while also making the world a better place. For too many years, she says, critics would question her on Uber, and she stayed silent. She tried to influence the company from the inside, though she didn’t see a real will among leadership to change. While “Silicon Valley prides itself on pattern recognition,” the letter said, Uber had “toxic patterns” that needed to stop.

Kapor Klein thought she was just saying what insiders knew: This is not a one-off. Turns out, her peers didn’t like that and wanted her to pay for it.

The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

Photos: Talia Herman for NPR

Danny Brown is featured on HBO & Mass Appeal Record’s newly released, “Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack!”

In partnership with HBO, Mass Appeal Records has released the official soundtrack for the hit show, “Silicon Valley” season 4. “Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack” features a collection of new exclusive songs and previously released material from an array of legendary and rising artists including Nas, DJ Shadow, Danny Brown, Hudson Mohawke, Wu-Tang Clan, Run The Jewels, Too $hort and more. The soundtrack is now available at all digital platforms. For more info, visit https://MassAppeal.lnk.to/SiliconValley

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A Few People In The Silicon Valley Tech Industry Who Should Be Punched In The Face:
  • The asshole who decided that the online equivalent of robocalls was more efficient as a way of dealing with user complaints than hiring an actual person
  • The assholes who keep putting into place measures to make their site “kid-friendly” that end up not only not doing that but also censoring LGBTQIAP people and artists to boot.
  • Anybody who uses “disruption” for their business model when they mean “Break this industry so we can fuck over workers in this service even HARDER for more profit”
  • Anybody who exploits their workers passion for their work by running on perpetual unhealthy “crunch time” and tiny wages.

Feel free to add your own on here! I’m sure people who know about this scene have plenty to hate!

And if you want to know how strong my feelings on this subject are; the original title of this post was gonna be “People In The Silicon Valley Tech Industry Who Should Be Shot”…

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Think there aren’t qualified women in tech? Here are 1,000 names that aren’t cis men. No more excuses.

  • In March, Goldman Sachs hosted a two-day technology conference in which 93% of the speakers were men.
  • In January 2016, the World Economic Forum hosted an all-male panel on women’s equality (the woman pictured was the moderator).
  • In April 2016, PayPal held another all-male panel on gender equality.
  • At Business Insider’s Ignition 2016 conference, a panel on smart bots included exclusively male panelists.
  • So this month, I set out to find these “elusive” figures in tech. I put out a call on Twitter, asking for people to send me their recommendations for cis women and others who aren’t normally asked to speak — including women (especially cis women of color and trans women), non-binary folks, and anyone else identifying as LGBTQ.
  • I got over 1,000 responses in under 24 hours. Read more (5/2/17)

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Paris Hilton’s entire career was a performance art piece that all at once defined, critiqued and predicted modern culture. Whether by design or not, her work set the template for: -The downfall and comeback of Britney Spears -The spread of social media -The meteoric rise of High School Musical -The selfie -Lady Gaga’s first two album cycles -Meme culture -The Cubs winning the World Series -KPop -Silicon Valley -The Kardashians’ very existence -The Trump Administration -Globalism -Blue Ivy Carter -The Marvel Cinematic Universe …the list goes on. Whether you like it or not, Paris Hilton is the beginning, middle and end of everything you know about culture. That’s hot.

Originally posted by jadiore

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A black man walks into the San Francisco CTO Summit

On May 8, 2017, at precisely 11:41 a.m., I walked onstage at the San Francisco CTO Summit to give a talk titled “Tech and Inclusion. Why So Difficult?”

At $995 for the session, and with over 200 attendees, the event was billed as being presented by senior engineering leaders from startups (more than 75% are chief technology officers, vice presidents of engineering or directors of engineering). Previous presenters were the CTOs and VPEs of Stripe, Coinbase, MongoDB, Zenefits, Warby Parker, Squarespace, Shopify, Birchbox, Tumblr and CustomInk.

As I took my place on the stage, I looked out at the crowd and posed the question, “Who identifies as an African-American?”

No one responded.

It was if no one had noticed until that moment that the makeup of people in the room and the title of my talk were strangely in alignment.

With all the ongoing conversations and controversy surrounding inclusion and diversity, it is surprising that a tech conference in San Francisco — which bills itself as a place to learn and connect with your peers — allows this to happen.

Let’s unpack what makes it difficult.

1. Inclusion takes work.

You have to expand your network and ask for help from people you are not accustomed to asking for help from.

2. Inclusion is uncomfortable.

The conference organizers knew the title of my talk months in advance. How awkward would it have been for the conference organizers to ask for help in finding people of color to attend and present? Probably less awkward than me calling it out onstage.

3. Inclusion means changing the way you think about everything. 

— Leslie Miley (@shaft), a Silicon Valley native who has held engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple and Google. Read more 

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97 major tech companies file amicus brief against Trump’s travel ban

  • Think of a major technology company. There’s a decent chance that whichever one you thought of was among the 97 firms filing an amicus brief on Sunday — against Trump’s travel ban.
  • The brief, which has since been widely shared online, argues that the 90-day ban is illegal and that it will discourage foreign workers from seeking employment in the U.S.
  • “The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief reads, and “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth.”
  • Companies listed on the suit include Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, among others. Read more

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