Blameful Post Mortem Week 4
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Blameful Post Mortem
Everything that's wrong with the tech industry this week, and who's to blame.
Oh look, ANOTHER major media byline from Vivek Wadhwa, who is enthusiastically building his career as a pundit on women’s issues in technology. Meanwhile, women technologists, intellectuals and writers continue to be hugely underrepresented in mass media.
Peter Shih, infamous for his offensive, elitist, sexist and classist rant on San Francisco, is back. His company Celery (yes, Celery) just raised $2mm dollars from investors including, of course, Y Combinator. TechCrunch’s write-up predictably failed to mention the company’s connection to Shih.
This article in InformationWeek on Women, IT and the Outrage Machine is a classic example of IRL Fuck You I Got Mine, containing such gems as “I spent the first eight years of my career in development surrounded by men, and by hiring teams full of men. I didn't give a rat's ass about diversity or how many women I'd work with.” Gross.
And our Hacker News Comment Of The Week goes to:
(Shout out to Chris Beach, the creator of cointouch.com!)
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Callback Women, a project to connect coder women with open CFPs of programming conferences, is over halfway to their Gittip funding goal! Help out here.
Facebook added about 50 gender options to its profiles.
Aspect Ventures is a new, women-led venture capitalist fund that just announced their first investment: UrbanSitter, which helps people find trusted babysitters and nannies. They talk about why diversity at startups matters and what they do different in this article.
An article in The Nation looks at Mechanical Turk and “crowdworking,” calling this emerging labor pool “one of the most exploited workforces no one has ever seen.”
The Atlantic Cities featured hypothetical architectural plans showing what it would look like if tech workers all lived in Silicon Valley company towns.
The Ada Initiative released a HOWTO on designing codes of conduct for your community.
A new report from the Center for Talent Innovation on female talent in science, engineering and technology is out. Looking at Brazil, China, India and the US, 20-32% of women surveyed say they are likely to quit their jobs within a year, and 23%-45% say they feel stalled in their careers.
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