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