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The Adam Morgan Show

The Adam Morgan Show is a weekly podcast featuring Adam Morgan, a software engineer, with commentary on current events, politics, and its influence on tech.
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Aug 16, 2017

For the 14th year in a row, a meritocratic competition within Google has produced results that seem to support statements James Damore made in his now famous Google memo. I also provide a message for women about how women in tech events can do more harm than good with a personal anecdote. Emphasis on “can” for those who need it.

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Node.js cis white men: https://twitter.com/maybekatz/status/890675355333279744

Google Code Jam: http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/13/google-code-jam-finalists-are-all-men-for-14th-year-in-a-row/?utm_content=buffer75948&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Aileen Lee advice for female founders: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/03/vc-aileen-lee-just-offered-some-very-specific-advice-to-female-founders-looking-for-funding/

Aug 9, 2017

Today I sit down with Marlene Jaeckel, a software engineer and previous guest on the podcast. We talk about the ongoing Google Manifesto fiasco and its impact in the ongoing Culture War.

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Marlene: https://twitter.com/mjaeckel

Google Manifesto: http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-1797564320

Aug 2, 2017

Today I share a few examples of individuals and groups who fight for underrepresented minorities while refusing to define what an underrepresented minority is. I also share some observations I had while watching Patreon CEO Jack Conte on The Rubin Report.

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URM Angel Mentorship Workshop: https://twitter.com/KristyT/status/892240543178039298

ElectronConf: http://electronconf.com/

Jack Conte on The Rubin Report: https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/892058309993259008

Jul 26, 2017

Today I address the controversy over HBO’s newly announced show, The Confederate. I also discuss the entitlement in tech with an article I recently read about inclusion of food options at technical events and meetups. Finally, I share my thoughts on Patreon’s recent ban of political commentator Lauren Southern.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamjmorgan/

Trump handshake: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2017/07/they-didnt-look-like-they-wanted-to.html

Inclusive food: https://dev.to/joelarson4/what-could-be-better-than-pizza-and-beer--why-you-need-to-provide-more-inclusive-food-at-your-tech-event

Inheritance tax: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/24/utopian-thinking-fund-welfare-state-inheritance-tax

Patreon D&I: https://blog.patreon.com/diversity-at-patreon/?_ga=2.31124023.902347982.1500728266-455087085.1500728266

Jul 19, 2017

Today I go back to a story I covered in episode #61 related to an Asian woman being denied an Airbnb due to her race. A clip shared with me from Steven Crowder’s show shed new light on some details I was previously ignorant of so I thought I’d share the misleading representation of this event. I also give a PSA related to Drupal and address yet another departure from Github.

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Code Companion #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgkEjEA23L4&

Steven Crowder Airbnb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NIRz7cqreA

Drupal: https://www.drupal.org/association/blog/drupal-association-and-project-lead-statement-regarding-larry-garfield

Nicole Sanchez leaving Github: https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/an-executive-departure-at-github-reignites-employee?utm_term=.dp14w82er#.rrpveBWQa

PGL Krakow: https://www.twitch.tv/pgl

Jul 13, 2017

Today I discuss the recent controversy around Github and their recent firing of Coraline Ada Ehmke. I give my thoughts and lessons and what went down and address some of the blatant lies in Coraline’s article recounting the past year.

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Coding and gym tweet: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/883399484301950976

Code Companion #1: What Is Web Development?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgkEjEA23L4&

Antisocial Coding: My Year At GitHub: http://where.coraline.codes/blog/my-year-at-github/

CNN and Coraline: http://archive.is/YeydZ

Ashton Kutcher: https://twitter.com/joelle_emerson/status/883186270867935232

Jul 5, 2017

Today I discuss the latest controversy in tech surrounding VCs and harassment following the NYT’s article “Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment”. I share my thoughts on some of the accounts in the article, the dating tactics of male feminists, and what these events should teach us about our privileges of being in tech.

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Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.html?_r=0

I Have More Work To Do: https://medium.com/@sacca/i-have-more-work-to-do-c775c5d56ca1

I’m a Creep. I’m Sorry: https://500hats.com/im-a-creep-i-m-sorry-d2c13e996ea0

Commitment to Diversity: https://500hats.com/commitment-to-diversity-d8a4ac8b1c12

McClure Feminism: https://twitter.com/davemcclure/status/334871391776149504

McClure and Cheryl: https://cherylyeoh.com/2017/07/03/shedding-light-on-the-black-box-of-inappropriateness/

Elizabeth Yin: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/03/employee-email-claims-500-startups-leadership-delayed-acknowledging-mcclures-harassment-as-new-allegations-surface/

Jun 28, 2017

Today I discuss the recent controversy at VidCon between Anita Sarkeesian and Sargon of Akkad. I also weigh in on the future of Uber with their CEO’s recent departure and how the government is using this opportunity to grow its scope of power.

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Anita Sarkeesian’s Garbage Human Moment: https://www.polygon.com/features/2017/6/27/15880582/anita-sarkeesian-garbage-human-vidcon-interview

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/technology/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick.html?smid=tw-share

A powerful group of black lawmakers is pressuring Uber to hire more diverse executives: https://www.recode.net/2017/6/26/15871344/uber-black-lawmakers-hire-diversity-executives-cedric-richmond-congressional-caucus

Tech investor admits sexually harassing female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/23/justin-caldbeck-sexual-harassment-binary-capital-women-tech

Jun 21, 2017

Today I’m joined by my good friend Kyle Cline to discuss how to get into the tech industry. We both started our post-college careers outside of tech and give our story on how we made the switch. We also share resume and interviewing tips along with stats in the labor market to show you how little competition you’re facing.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyledcline

Tough & Rumble: http://toughnrumble.com/

Jun 14, 2017

Find me on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-adam-morgan-show/id1088616591

Today I break down the current state of tech with respect to privilege - how its in action today and how it may look in the near future. I also introduce a new segment in the show where I address questions from one of Reddit’s subreddits: /r/cscareerquestions. I end with a discussion of SJWs, race, and role models.

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Joe Rogan Experience with Michael Malice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B_idqiEoUE

Mike Isaac Uber Tweets: https://twitter.com/MikeIsaac/status/874680538967056385

Kara Swisher Uber Tweet: https://twitter.com/karaswisher/status/873975129050624001

CS Career Question #1: https://www.reddit.com/r/cscareerquestions/comments/6gvzpt/had_a_scumbag_recruiter_lay_this_one_on_me_today/

CS Career Question #2: https://www.reddit.com/r/cscareerquestions/comments/6g5oyu/when_to_take_unpaid_internships/

Why Social-Justice Warriors Think It’s Okay to Be Racist Towards Asians: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445044/asians-face-racism-social-justice-warriors-accuse-them-privilege

NPR and Nickelodeon: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/13/150566153/airbender-creators-reclaim-their-world-in-korra

Jun 7, 2017

Today I circle back to two old stories. After months of being dark on social media, Palmer Luckey is back and it’s more problematic than a $10k donation to memes. Leaked documents to Breitbart also show Larry Garfield’s removal from Drupal was a sustained effort with controversial tweets dating back to 2010. I also address the latest controversy after ElectronConf was postponed for not having a diverse slate of speakers.

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Spelling Bee Winners: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scripps_National_Spelling_Bee_champions#List_of_champions

Palmer Luckey Virtual Wall: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/business/oculus-palmer-luckey-new-start-up.html?_r=0

Breitbart Larry Garfield political dossier: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/06/03/tech-leftists-kept-political-dossier-larry-garfield/

@fox ElectronConf tweet: https://twitter.com/fox/status/870761439094489088

Wired and OSS diversity: https://www.wired.com/2017/06/diversity-open-source-even-worse-tech-overall/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

LambdaConf speakers: http://lambdaconf.us/events/2017/lcusc.html

ElectronConf site: http://electronconf.com/

Jun 1, 2017

Today I chat with Ed Latimore - a professional boxer, physicist, and Army veteran. We discuss the recent controversy around his keynote speech at LambdaConf along with his boxing career, his take on The Red Pill, growing up in the projects, and his experience as a black man pursuing a STEM degree.

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Ed’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/edlatimore

Ed’s Blog: http://edlatimore.com/

Not Caring What Other People Think Is A Superpower: Insights From A Heavyweight Boxer: https://edlatimore.lpages.co/insights-from-a-heavyweight-boxer/

Heat St. on LambdaConf: https://heatst.com/tech/feminists-attack-black-physicist-as-misogynist-after-delivering-lambdaconf-keynote/

Breitbart on LambdaConf: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/05/30/tech-leftists-target-lambaconf-over-alleged-red-pilling-speaker/

May 24, 2017

Today I discuss a Gizmodo article on hate speech and reflect on my own personal experience with racism and how I was raised to deal with racism and hate speech. I also share my thoughts on why I think Heineken’s latest ad is great and needed when people are so overwhelmed with discussions through Twitter and Facebook.

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Google Lens: https://twitter.com/CNET/status/864917476362137602/video/1

Facebook Thinks Saying "Men Are Trash" Is Hate Speech: http://gizmodo.com/facebook-thinks-saying-men-are-trash-is-hate-speech-1795170688

The Heineken Ad Is Worse Than The Pepsi Ad, You’re Just Too Stupid To Know It: https://medium.com/@thedididelgado/the-heineken-ad-is-worse-than-the-pepsi-ad-youre-just-too-stupid-to-know-it-5580e7c40cb1

May 17, 2017

Is Instagram copying Snapchat or is Snapchat copying Instagram? In either case, should this copying be legal? Today I dig into intellectual property and why I’m not a fan of intellectual property laws citing various examples that show how transparency of ideas and the freedom to use and share ideas leads to better results - both in and outside of tech.

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Jason Calacanis’ Tweets: https://twitter.com/Jason/status/864605039016521729

USA Today Instagram Copycat: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2017/05/16/instagram-kevin-weil-snapchat-facebook-copycat/101748440/

A little-known California law is Silicon Valley's secret weapon: https://www.vox.com/new-money/2017/2/13/14580874/google-self-driving-noncompetes

HowStuffWorks Phonograph: http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/repurposed-inventions/10-new-uses-for-old-inventions6.htm

Olympic vault comparison: http://imgur.com/lPzpq

May 10, 2017

Today I discuss victim culture in tech, how it leads people to wait for change rather than creating it themselves, and how I would handle the situations if they happened to me. I also share my thoughts on TechCrunch’s article “Beyond the Diversity Report” and how the goalposts of diversity and inclusion are always moving.

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YouTube CEO Microaggressions: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/03/technology/susan-wojcicki-american-opportunity/

Project Include Salary: https://twitter.com/projectinclude/status/860536396917993472

TechCrunch Beyond the Diversity Report: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/07/beyond-the-diversity-report/

Shanley Kane’s Project Include tweets: https://twitter.com/shanley/status/860207855248392192

May 3, 2017

Today I discuss Netflix’s recent hit show 13 Reasons Why, some of the backlash it has faced, and why I think the show is important. I also share my thoughts on the privilege of working in tech and how many people don’t leverage their position to their benefit. Finally, I share my thoughts on Mic’s “1000 Women in Tech” list and how these initiative create problems for themselves.

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Uber suicide: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Suicide-of-an-Uber-engineer-widow-blames-job-11095807.php?t=7e40d1f554&cmpid=fb-premium&cmpid=twitter-premium&cmpid=twitter-premium

Tech salaries and cost of living: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/05/03/976908/0/en/New-Paysa-Study-Reveals-U-S-Cities-Where-Tech-Talent-Salary-Stretches-Farthest-and-Least.html

Mic’s 1000 Women List: https://mic.com/articles/175136/women-in-tech-1000-names-no-more-all-male-panels-conferences#.1vXgjEApk

Apr 26, 2017

Today I discuss a Forbes article calling for an end to pay gaps for speakers at tech conferences. I share my thoughts on why this is unrealistic, unnecessary, and even unfair to the highest performers. I also discuss the importance of culture and why it matters when talking about racism in America.

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It's Time To End The Pay Gap For Speakers At Tech Conferences: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinawallace/2017/03/13/pay-gap-for-speakers-at-tech-conferences/#17ca90347ba2

Andrew Sullivan: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/854728499155914752

Jeff Guo: https://twitter.com/_jeffguo/status/853318969108967424

Stephen A. Smith Uncle Tom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrVDENi16Qc

Apr 19, 2017

Today I circle back to Drupal drama discussing the recently published open letter to Dries Buytaert regarding Larry Garfield, a core contributor, who was asked to resign due to his BDSM/Gor lifestyle. I share my conflicted perspective on the issue as well as the lack of input from diversity and inclusion initiatives within tech.

Today I discuss proposed legislation requiring Uber to provide a tipping option to their app and why this is bad economic policy. I also share what the sharing economy would look like in a true free market economy. In a bizarre turn of events, the Community Working Group at Drupal released a statement full of contradictions leaving me even more confused about why Larry Garfield was removed from Drupal.

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Uber and tipping: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/nyregion/new-york-city-uber-tipping-app.html

Robert Nozick’s Tale of the Slave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxRSkM8C8z4

Juicer the $400 juicer: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-04-19/silicon-valley-s-400-juicer-may-be-feeling-the-squeeze?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Klaus Purer stepping down: https://www.drupal.org/node/2870315

Drupal Community Working Group response: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qlc0FvM4UWyn4DpW8JKRcVqnHAIdrj2INOZZF62s_Pc/edit#

Drupal Confessions’ response to CWG: https://www.drupalconfessions.org/cwg-response-1

Apr 12, 2017

Today I circle back to Drupal drama discussing the recently published open letter to Dries  Buytaert regarding Larry Garfield, a core contributor, who was asked to resign due to his BDSM/Gor lifestyle. I share my conflicted perspective on the issue as well as the lack of input from diversity and inclusion initiatives within tech.

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An apology to the Drupal community: http://buytaert.net/an-apology-to-the-drupal-community

Drupal Confessions: https://www.drupalconfessions.org/

Airbnb discrimination against Asian woman: https://twitter.com/i/moments/851451246686941184

Exclusion in Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: http://atom-morgan.github.io/exclusion-in-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives

Apr 5, 2017

Unions are bullshit and governments give them power. I discuss a few personal examples and one that hurts innovation in construction engineering which could potentially save lives. I also share why I never want to see unions in tech.

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Dan Mooney’s Skypicker: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160515/REAL_ESTATE/160519910/dan-mooneys-skypicker-crane-could-save-millions-in-construction-costs-heres-why-its-gathering-dust-in-a-warehouse-in-astoria

Coal miners tweet: https://twitter.com/dcurtis/status/846802371095146496

My latest YouTube video - “Mo Women (in Tech) Mo Problems” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUDCbWL3b54

Mar 29, 2017

Work is work. Sex is sex. Right? That’s what we all thought until this week when Larry Garfield, contributor to Drupal, was forced to resign for his involvement in the BDSM community. Are you a minority in tech with a story to tell? Well if you are, be sure to portray yourself as the biggest victim possible as I discuss Inc. Magazine deciding a black CEO was not “black enough” for their story.

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Larry Garfield’s “TMI About me” - https://www.garfieldtech.com/blog/tmi-outing

Dries Buytaert’s “Living our values” - http://buytaert.net/living-our-values

Uber and Escorts - https://heatst.com/biz/ex-girlfriend-of-uber-ceo-exposes-shady-trip-to-korean-escort-bar/?utm_content=bufferc005a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I’m not “Black enough” for Inc. Magazine - https://facesoffounders.org/im-not-black-enough-for-inc-magazine-337569d54a6b

Jewber and Uber’s Diversity and Inclusion groups - http://mashable.com/2017/03/28/uber-diversity-report-employee-resource-groups/#YDOSv6wAvsqn

Project Include’s Jewber Tweet: https://twitter.com/projectinclude/status/846834259272839171?refsrc=email&s=11

Mar 22, 2017

Netflix’s Iron Fist has been accused of whitewashing. What ever happened to artistic freedom and why do people feel artists have a public obligation with their work? What does the future of our education system look like? When will it be “disrupted”? Today I talk about how it already is and why the status quo of public education is a complete failure.

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Netflix and Iron Fist Whitewashing: https://twitter.com/kassyapple/status/844227499882172416?refsrc=email&s=11

NY Teachers and Literacy Test: https://heatst.com/culture-wars/new-york-literacy-test-for-future-teachers-to-be-scrapped-over-concerns-of-lack-of-diversity/

Mar 15, 2017

If you work in tech, it’s no longer company business that’s open to public scrutiny. If you attend a birthday party titled “Babes and Balls” as a straight male in tech, expect to be labeled “oblivious”. Could the biggest tech unicorn Uber fold in the coming years? Why is discrimination okay in the form of a “Y Combinator for Progressives”?

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Babes and Balls article: http://mashable.com/2017/03/10/babes-balls-facebook-uber-zuckerberg-kalanick/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#hzSOw_vQckqJ

Babes and Balls pictures: http://sanfrancisco.wearespin.com/media/babes-balls-breakfast-tiffanys/

The Uber Bombshell About to Drop: https://danielcompton.net/2017/03/14/uber-bombshell

Arena Summit (YC for Progressives): https://www.wired.com/2017/03/ambitious-new-program-wants-support-democrats-surge/

React demo with Spencer: https://twitter.com/schneidenbach/status/841299911605919745

Mar 8, 2017

The saying goes that tech isn’t focused nearly enough on LGBT issues. So why is that when tech companies do act, articles are published with headlines like “For trans people in tech, it’s complicated when the industry suddenly cares”? What really matters here?

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TC Transgender and Supreme Court: https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/06/supreme-court-gavin-grimm-vacated/

TC “it’s complicated when the industry suddenly cares” - https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/04/for-trans-people-in-tech-its-complicated/

NYT Uber Greyball - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/technology/uber-greyball-program-evade-authorities.html

Mar 1, 2017

Today I discuss the high profile stories at Tesla and Uber related to sexual assault lawsuits. Related to this discussion is meritocratic cultures and I share my thoughts on why that may lead to behavior that has nothing to do with sexism in the industry.

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Tesla lawsuit: http://fortune.com/2017/02/28/tesla-lawsuit-uber-sexism-engineering/

Uber meritocracy: https://www.wsj.com/articles/ubers-all-out-meritocracy-comes-under-fire-1488286803

Uber culture: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/uber-workplace-culture.html?_r=0

Uber conference call: https://www.buzzfeed.com/priya/uber-women-to-ceo-travis-kalanick-we-have-a-systemic-problem?utm_term=.oxWoe5RrE#.qc11DEKXr

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