Mythology

Published Mar 17

Our fourth issue is Mythology. We explore how startup culture fetishizes founders and male programmers, and discuss the role of early operations employees in tech companies. We deconstruct IT tropes and fallacies of software development, and discover the problem with "Feel Good" stories about marginalized and underrepresented people in tech. Later in the week, we cover tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley, how gendered stereotypes shape our careers, and the first Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco - plus a new art startup, the genealogies of hashtags, unpopular opinions on the internet and more.

Silicon Valley has built an architecture of compensation to distribute value, attention, and funding according to the narrow fantasies of venture capitalists.
I have literally lost count of the number of looks and comments and dismissals I’ve experienced from strangers upon introducing myself at parties and industry events.
The function of myth is often to reinforce a status quo; not just any aspect of the status quo, but a particular balance of power.
My own story has made me believe that maybe all of the kids smiling in brochures for coding programs need to be mentored by people that didn’t come from substantial privilege.
The emergence of tech industry in cities outside of Silicon Valley is an opportunity for conversation - about what both the industry, and civic communities should look like.
Behind-the-scenes with stealth startup Curatoric, and conversations with creators, historians and curators of African and Diasporic African art. Part of a two article series.
The story of how Misty De Meo quit programming and then returned.
Perhaps the scariest part of speaking out is seeing the subtle insinuation of consequence and veiled threats by those you speak against.
They work together in concert, and in practice, function to exclude and marginalize minorities in tech.
Start Somewhere founder Leanne Pittsford dreamed of being able to network openly with other queer women in the tech industry.
At first, I mentally filed "Data Scientist" in the same place as "Growth Hacker" - just another one of those words men made up. But I've come to start to see the invention and naming of these new types of technical roles as a crack in the system.
Twitter activism is not to be dismissed. Although Twitter exists to generate revenue off advertisements and corporations, it can also be used subversively - to go beyond imperial timelines.
Everything that's wrong with the tech industry this week, and who's to blame.
Everything that's wrong with the tech industry this week, and who's to blame.