The silence of post-election Silicon Valley is deafening

On July 14, 2016, nearly 150 tech leaders signed an open letter denouncing Donald Trump, calling him “a disaster for innovation.” This month, leaders from some of the companies included in this letter might take a seat at Trump’s table — a controversial move for those who publicly slammed his candidacy just months ago. Read more

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The Year Silicon Valley Went Morally Bankrupt

“Their utopian vision of California depends upon a willful blindness towards the other—much less positive—features of life on the West Coast: racism, poverty, and environmental degradation.” They had identified an early version of Evgeny Morozov’s “solutionism,” which he defined in 2013 as “an intellectual pathology that recognizes problems as problems based on just one criterion: whether they are ‘solvable’ with a nice and clean technological solution at our disposal.”

There are members of all fandoms who seem to have missed the entire message of the thing they’re a fan of. You are thinking of one right now, and they are the worst. And worst among all these are the Star Trek Fans Who Clearly Did Not Understand The Point Of Star Trek. Star Trek is a story of a better tomorrow, in which money and prejudice have been supplanted by things like friendship and exploration and deliberately hanging out with people who are different (and Dom Jot). And when the people of Trek get into a jam, they are typically delivered from it by the end of the episode, and the reason for this is always the diversity of backgrounds and abilities among the crew.

The point here being that the tech industry is a crew consisting largely of Wesley Crushers and a few Tasha Yars who get killed off in the first year by slime monsters. And when you are a team lacking in diversity, besides the fact that you work primarily to benefit those who look like you, you are also unable to surmount the difficulties which come your way which otherwise might have been solved by having a few Klingons and Empaths and Picards kicking around.

‘5 Dark Sides Of The Tech Industry No One Ever Talks About’ by Winston Rowntree


Tech founder Matt Joseph addresses the elephant in the room of racial bias

Matt Joseph has the kind of resume investors normally throw money at. His undergraduate degree is from Princeton University, he has a J.D. and an MBA, and his company was borne out of Y Combinator, the most prestigious tech accelerator in the world.

But lately, in the 40 to 50 meetings Joseph has had with investors for his company Locent — a tech startup he pitches as MailChimp for texts — he’s been told he’s not the right “technical fit” or that they “can’t see [him] building this kind of business.” So he took to Twitter to air his grievances.

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Why San Jose is attracting so many Tech Companies

What happens when a city attracts some of the biggest tech companies in the world? The best tech-heads, innovators, startups and entrepreneurs all come and live in said city. San Jose, the unofficial capital of the Silicon Valley, is home to the offices of Yahoo, eBay, Netflix and Google’s HQ, the mammoth Googleplex. No surprise then that the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area has the most millionaires and billionaires in the United States per capita.

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Oh man, so bad ass. Samantha Davison is one of photographer Helena Price‘s featured “Techies.” Price is documenting the untold stories of Silicon Valley through different genders, sexualities, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses and ages. Emily Eifler, a virtual reality researcher, discusses how she overcame death threats.

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