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Dec 27, 2017

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:

Coinbase “Our employee trading policy at Coinbase”:

Coinbase roadmap:

TechCrunch on Mattermark selling to FullContact:

Dec 20, 2017

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”:

Sam’s “A Clarification”:

Anil Tweets:

What People Think You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley:

NEW VIDEO - Teaching Yourself Anything Is the Most Valuable Skill:

Dec 13, 2017

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:

Bullying Tweet:

Silicon Valley’s Working Homeless:

FEE on Government Created Poverty:

NEW VIDEO - The Gay Wedding Cake Shouldn't Be About Religious Freedom:

Dec 6, 2017

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?


Tech Bubble Burst:

IRS and Coinbase:

CNN, Conservatives in Tech:

Google employee poll:

How I Became a Software Developer:

Nov 29, 2017

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:

Goodbye Net Neutrality; Hello Competition:

This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon:

Nov 22, 2017

After 20 years with the company, Apple’s black VP of Inclusion and Diversity has “departed” shortly after statements about diversity among white people. Twitter’s newest set of rules regarding hate speech go into effect in December and I share a bizarre discovery related to their upcoming cookie policy. A former Victoria Secret model is pursuing a non-profit education initiative in tech and some women in the industry aren’t happy.


Apple VP of Inclusion and Diversity:

Twitter and Hate Speech:

Catfights in tech:

Dorks Are Everywhere!:

Nov 15, 2017

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:

Can My Children Be Friends With White People?:

Nov 8, 2017

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:

Twitter hashtag censorship:

Saudi Money Fuels the Tech Industry. It’s Time to Ask Why:

Snap Inc. Q3:

Why I cancelled my ReactiveConf talk:

In Defense of ReactiveConf:

Nov 1, 2017

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:

Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech?:

Congress asks tech to face hard truths about Russian meddling:

Senators Press Facebook Over Russian Misinformation Campaign:

Oct 25, 2017

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:

How do I get my daughter interested in computers?:

Project Include’s team:

Project Include founding advisor on Asians not being POC:

Arthur Sakamoto:

Oct 18, 2017

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?


TechCrunch Apple Diversity:

Ben Shapiro’s “#MeToo Is Bound To Fail, Unless Victims Name Names And Society Sets Standards”:

Pingpad CEO:

Weinstein’s in tech:

Oct 11, 2017

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.


Kelly Ellis tweets:,,

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia:

The Rock Test:

Blog post “How I Motivate Myself to Learn”:

Oct 4, 2017

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”:

“Southerners Weren’t 'Lazy,' Just Infected With Hookworms”:

Node.js Outreachy:

Make Data Great Again:

Eli Schiff and Dropbox:

Blog post “How I Motivate Myself to Learn”:


Sep 28, 2017

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:

Netflix VP:,,

Tech CEO Tweets No "White Dudes" for Conference Speakers:

Sep 20, 2017

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.


Fast Company Bodega:

Bodega Twitter moment:

Sep 13, 2017

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:

Colorblind Diversity Efforts Don’t Work:

irongeek_adc tweet:

Linda Cohn:

Jemele Hill:

Sep 6, 2017

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:

Facebook’s black employee representation has increased for the first time since 2014:

GrubHub Trial:

My Instagram:

Aug 30, 2017

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:

Rod’s defense:

Rod (Issue #2):

Rod’s Tweet (Issue #3):

Node.js statement:

Discussion: CoC Violations & Accountability : Node's future:

Reddit thread on Ashley Williams:

Ashley Williams CoC Report:

meta: explicit exclusion for outside social media posts:

Ongoing timeline:

Aug 23, 2017

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.


Robert Lee ESPN:

EventBrite and MailChimp:

Google, Apple, and Gab:

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.


Node.js cis white men:

Google Code Jam:

Aileen Lee advice for female founders:

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.



Google Manifesto:

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.


URM Angel Mentorship Workshop:


Jack Conte on The Rubin Report:

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.



Trump handshake:

Inclusive food:

Inheritance tax:

Patreon D&I:

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.


Code Companion #1:

Steven Crowder Airbnb:


Nicole Sanchez leaving Github:

PGL Krakow:

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.


Coding and gym tweet:

Code Companion #1: What Is Web Development?:

Antisocial Coding: My Year At GitHub:

CNN and Coraline:

Ashton Kutcher:

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