Vanity Fair recently published a piece about sex parties in Silicon Valley. I share my thoughts on the piece including some public accounts of people who were actually there with conflicting stories about what exactly went down at the party. I also address the latest #MeToo story on Aziz Ansari and how many issues today seem to be related to a lack of communication. Project Veritas has released more videos related to Twitter. I cover the claims they’re making as well as a few reasons to be skeptical.
Hawaii UI: https://i.redd.it/6tfz9yudhea01.jpg
Vanity Fair Silicon Valley Sex Party: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/brotopia-silicon-valley-secretive-orgiastic-inner-sanctum
Aziz Ansari: https://babe.net/2018/01/13/aziz-ansari-28355
Project Veritas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64gTjdUrDFQ&feature=youtu.be, https://www.projectveritas.com/video/undercover-video-hundreds-of-twitter-employees-paid-to-view-everything-you-post-private-sex-messages/
Are Technica Response to Project Veritas: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/activist-says-twitter-shadow-bans-conservatives-dont-believe-it/
LATEST VIDEO - “Sex Parties in Silicon Valley”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kUQuSpZjHw
After my coverage of Quinn Norton’s blog post “Robert Scoble and Me”, she backed up my claim that we should be open to questioning certain people’s judgement with a bizarre analogy she sent to me via Twitter. The Google Memo author James Damore has filed a class action lawsuit against Google. I address some of the contents in the lawsuit which show the nightmare it must be working at Google.
Quinn Norton murder suicide comparison: https://web.archive.org/web/20180107182212/https:/twitter.com/quinnnorton/status/950056948120145923
Gizmodo Google lawsuit: https://gizmodo.com/anti-diversity-memo-author-sues-google-for-alleged-disc-1821880497
Damore class action lawsuit: https://www.scribd.com/document/368688363/James-Damore-vs-Google-Class-Action-Lawsuit
How to punch Nazis: https://html2-f.scribdassets.com/8okqb77u9s67xkdr/images/116-3becf3c1a0.jpg
Project Veritas - Twitter’s Senior Network Security Engineer: https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/01/09/undercover-video-sr-network-security-engineer-reveals-twitter-ready-to-give-trumps-private-dms-to-doj/
LATEST VIDEO - “WIRED: How to Buck the Brogrammer Culture”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jICIM7LKYbA
Today I clarify a point I made last week related to an IDE and my suspicions that it was being sold to colleges. My suspicions were slightly off but I provide public proof about its funding and an analysis on market competition. Axios published a list of men who have been accused of sexual misconduct and I discuss the men in tech who have been listed.
JGrasp Funding: https://eng.auburn.edu/news/2009/09/jgrasp-nsf.html
Axios Sexual Misconduct: https://www.axios.com/what-to-know-about-all-of-the-men-facing-sexual-misconduct-allegations-2519204171.html
Robert Scoble and Me: https://medium.com/@quinnnorton/robert-scoble-and-me-9b14ee92fffb
TechBro Sensitivity tweet: https://twitter.com/tiffani/status/946427814533885952
My Beef with /r/Hapas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeYD7bDjT7E
Prior to Coinbase announcing Bitcoin Cash on their own platform, the price of BCH increased on other exchanges leading many people to believe employees within Coinbase were exploiting their position to their advantage. I share my thoughts on likelihood of insider trading, what it means for cryptocurrencies and crypto markets, and why reputation matters more than ever.
BBC Coinbase: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42425857
Coinbase “Our employee trading policy at Coinbase”: https://blog.coinbase.com/our-employee-trading-policy-at-coinbase-1d4e860b7837
Coinbase roadmap: https://twitter.com/Andrea_Dispe/status/943330470552485888
TechCrunch on Mattermark selling to FullContact: https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/21/mattermark-to-shut-down-after-selling-to-full-contact/
Sam Altman, President of YCombinator, wrote a blog post about the current climate in San Francisco that doesn’t allow the discussion of controversial ideas. His blog post and his examples were ironically enough met with outrage. I share my thoughts on how his blog post was misinterpreted, almost intentionally so, and give my own list of 15 controversial ideas I believe to be true or could be true that would be met with large amounts of hostility.
Sam’s “E Pur Si Move”: http://blog.samaltman.com/e-pur-si-muove
Sam’s “A Clarification”: http://blog.samaltman.com/a-clarification
What People Think You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley: https://medium.com/@jasoncrawford/what-people-think-you-cant-say-in-silicon-valley-a6d04f632a00
NEW VIDEO - Teaching Yourself Anything Is the Most Valuable Skill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIBmXLjVgp0
The bullying video featuring Keaton went viral but public schools continue to have a zero tolerance policy on violence even if it’s in self defense. I share a personal story from elementary school when my teacher defied the school’s decision to punish me for defending myself against another student. Silicon Valley has the highest median income in the nation but homelessness is as prevalent as ever. I discuss how the government ends up hurting the poor the most with the same regulations and legislation that are put in place to help them.
Twitter’s Updated Rules: https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-rules
Bullying Tweet: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/940411512698691584
Silicon Valley’s Working Homeless: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-07/silicon-valleys-working-homeless-shows-how-hard-life-democrats-paradise
FEE on Government Created Poverty: https://fee.org/articles/scratching-by-how-government-creates-poverty-as-we-know-it/
NEW VIDEO - The Gay Wedding Cake Shouldn't Be About Religious Freedom: https://youtu.be/k5e_wowIKfQ
If funding rounds are any sign, it looks as if the tech bubble is finally starting to burst. I share my thoughts on investors and how their behavior is perfectly normal even if the effects are drastic. Bitcoin has again reached all time highs and the government is coming for them. I give details on much could you owe and the historical precedents for monetary confiscation. In one of CNN’s latest pieces, Divided We Code, they address conservatives hiding in within tech and I ask the most important question on my mind lately: what is your political breaking point?
IRS and Coinbase: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-02/government-coming-your-bitcoin
CNN, Conservatives in Tech: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/938044393457618944
How I Became a Software Developer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Egm0bIP7k
While promoting his latest film, Denzel Washington addresses racial disparities in America with some hard truths that few are willing to talk about. Net neutrality is back again and I give my perspective on the issue and how regulation helps the big players stay in business reducing competition from new, smaller businesses who could help increase competition and lower prices.
Denzel Washington is Making Sense: https://www.wsj.com/articles/denzel-washington-is-making-sense-1511914256
Goodbye Net Neutrality; Hello Competition: https://fee.org/articles/goodbye-net-neutrality-hello-competition/
This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/this-city-hall-brought-to-you-by-amazon/
Apple VP of Inclusion and Diversity: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16667510/apple-diversity-chief-leaving-after-less-than-a-year
Twitter and Hate Speech: http://mashable.com/2017/11/17/twitter-hate-speech-symbols-december-18/#wJNUhkYuUOqj
Catfights in tech: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/931214711223439360
Dorks Are Everywhere!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L2LwdJGZXE
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. In an attempt to increase relevant skills amongst our youth, The Guardian believes the push to teach kids to code is really all about lowering wages. I also share my thoughts on the now infamous NYT article, “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?”
Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/21/coding-education-teaching-silicon-valley-wages
Can My Children Be Friends With White People?: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/opinion/sunday/interracial-friendship-donald-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
Over the past week, Twitter managed to suspend Donald Trump’s account and admit to censoring #DNCLeak during the 2016 election. The politics of Silicon Valley gets even more confusing with a recent article detailing the amount of money fueled in from Saudi Arabia - far from a political ideal for Bay Area liberals.
Trump suspended from Twitter: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/technology/trump-twitter-deleted.html
Saudi Money Fuels the Tech Industry. It’s Time to Ask Why: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/07/new-york-times-digital-state-of-the-art-saudi-money-fuels-the-tech-industry-itas-time-to-ask-why.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain
Why I cancelled my ReactiveConf talk: https://medium.com/@peggyrayzis/why-i-cancelled-my-reactiveconf-talk-3a463bf14bd8
In Defense of ReactiveConf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7zDLFZS04
This week, Congress asks Big Tech about Russia’s level of influence in the 2016 election. I argue this is a case of Congress blaming the bearer of fake news.
Three Engineers Allege Uber Underpaid Women and Minorities: https://www.wsj.com/articles/three-engineers-allege-uber-underpaid-women-and-minorities-1508973271
Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech?: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/31/coders-of-the-world-unite-can-silicon-valley-workers-curb-the-power-of-big-tech#img-2
Congress asks tech to face hard truths about Russian meddling: https://www.wired.com/story/congress-asks-tech-to-face-hard-truths-about-russian-meddling/?mbid=social_twitter
Senators Press Facebook Over Russian Misinformation Campaign: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/us/politics/russia-technology-facebook.html?_r=0
Asians are the invisible minority in America and especially within tech. I share a few examples showing why I’m so skeptical of diversity that continues to ignore a minority group that does well in America.
Ross and Pingpad: https://blog.pingpad.net/what-happened-5675fd00e744
How do I get my daughter interested in computers?: https://elaineou.com/2017/09/26/how-do-i-get-my-daughter-interested-in-computers/
Project Include’s team: http://projectinclude.org/team/
Project Include founding advisor on Asians not being POC: https://twitter.com/triketora/status/922979654801162247
Harvey Weinsteins aren’t only in Hollywood, they’re in tech too. But what is our standard of wrongdoing and is the standard in tech realistic?
Ben Shapiro’s “#MeToo Is Bound To Fail, Unless Victims Name Names And Society Sets Standards”: http://www.dailywire.com/news/22376/metoo-bound-fail-unless-victims-name-names-and-ben-shapiro#
Weinstein’s in tech: https://twitter.com/originalspin/status/920133939401965568
Today I share a personal life experiment where I’ve disabled push notifications on my phone to see its effect on my ability to focus on work. I also discuss the viral “Rock Test” Medium post, the stigma against dating in the workplace and how unrealistic it is.
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia
Blog post “How I Motivate Myself to Learn”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/learning-and-motivation
Why are we scared of science and the results it may give us? Some say there are certain scientific questions we simply shouldn’t look into. Today I share an example of a behavioral difference within a certain geography of people that can only be explained through science.
“First, They Came for the Biologists”: https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-they-came-for-the-biologists-1506984033
“Southerners Weren’t 'Lazy,' Just Infected With Hookworms”: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnxxq5/southerners-werent-lazy-just-infected-with-hookworms-stereotype
Node.js Outreachy: https://nodejs.org/en/foundation/outreachy/
Make Data Great Again: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/913765491994329089
Eli Schiff and Dropbox: https://twitter.com/eli_schiff/status/915252461677420544
Blog post “How I Motivate Myself to Learn”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/learning-and-motivation
This week we saw a series of fuckups in tech from two CEOs and one VP. Two of these cases relate to CEOs publicly discriminating against men on Twitter and the other involved kink-shaming with now infamous Google Memo author James Damore.
MaxWell Biosciences CEO: http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/26/biotech-ceo-joshua-mcclure-openly-admits-to-discriminating-against-men/?utm_content=bufferf55c5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Tech CEO Tweets No "White Dudes" for Conference Speakers: https://youtu.be/r5hxRpSBm8M
Two Ex-Googlers have created a new vending machine, Bodega, which has led to outrage over job destruction. I give an economic defense to Bodega and share why this isn’t an either-or decision. I also take a moment to share my thoughts on why startups so often have shitty cultures and what can be done to fix it.
Bodega Twitter moment: https://twitter.com/i/moments/907987686786560000
Today I address the latest NYT’s article about pay disparity at Google and why the article doesn’t offer any credible proof of a pay disparity. I also discuss an article on why colorblind diversity efforts don’t work and how it makes the true goals of diversity and inclusion initiatives even more transparent.
NYT Google Pay Disparity: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/technology/google-salaries-gender-disparity.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
Colorblind Diversity Efforts Don’t Work: https://hbr.org/2017/09/colorblind-diversity-efforts-dont-work?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hbr
irongeek_adc tweet: https://twitter.com/irongeek_adc/status/907292079046512640
Today I contrast two articles about diversity and the different approach between the two articles which are written by the same author. I also share my perspective on the gig economy and the upcoming GrubHub trial concerning W2 and 1099 employment.
This is what diversity is like at trash startup Rubicon: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/04/this-is-what-diversity-is-like-at-trash-startup-rubicon/
Facebook’s black employee representation has increased for the first time since 2014: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/02/facebooks-black-employee-representation-has-increased-for-the-first-time-since-2014/
My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamjmorgan/
Today I discuss the recent controversy around Node.js, a recent fork, and accusations against Node.js Technical Steering Committee member Rod Vagg.
TSC Vote on Rod with reported issues: https://web.archive.org/web/20170821212745/https://github.com/nodejs/TSC/issues/310
Rod (Issue #2): https://github.com/nodejs/board/issues/58
Rod’s Tweet (Issue #3): https://web.archive.org/web/20170823072058/https://twitter.com/rvagg/status/887652116524707841
Node.js statement: https://github.com/nodejs/board/issues/67
Discussion: CoC Violations & Accountability : Node's future: https://github.com/nodejs/community-committee/issues/111
Reddit thread on Ashley Williams: https://www.reddit.com/r/node/comments/6whs2e/multiple_coc_violations_by_nodejs_board_member
Ashley Williams CoC Report: https://github.com/nodejs/TSC/issues/324
meta: explicit exclusion for outside social media posts: https://github.com/nodejs/TSC/pull/327
Ongoing timeline: https://gist.github.com/balupton/d6531a2f48dba896a1bced86e8b1636c
Today I discuss ESPN’s horrible decision to remove an Asian announcer from a football game in Charlottesville because he shares a name with a confederate general, Robert Lee. I also discuss the domino effect Google seems to have created with their decision to fire James Damore with companies like EventBrite, MailChimp, Apple, and Google now removing users like Milo Yiannopoulos and Gab from their services and what this means for the future of tech.
EventBrite and MailChimp: http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/19/eventbrite-and-mailchimp-attempt-to-silence-milo-yiannopoulos/?utm_content=bufferf447f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Google, Apple, and Gab: https://www.city-journal.org/html/first-amendment-peril-15401.html
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.
Node.js cis white men: https://twitter.com/maybekatz/status/890675355333279744
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/
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.
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.
URM Angel Mentorship Workshop: https://twitter.com/KristyT/status/892240543178039298
Jack Conte on The Rubin Report: https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/892058309993259008