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if women held half the jobs in Silicon Valley

Let's imagine a world where women hold half the jobs in Silicon Valley. Where half of entrepreneurs, executives, venture capitalists, board members, and employees - including engineers - are women.

[...] "I think there would be two enormous differences," the longtime tech investor Roger McNamee…

—p.250 Chapter 9 (249) by Emily Chang
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Silicon Valley success might be achieved in other ways

The Silicon Valley tropes around who becomes successful [...] young, single guys hacking all night, night after night, in a race to achieve their billion-dollar dreams. No families, no wives, no relationships, no real anything except the Product and the Dream. [...] Those young men have achieved …

—p.221 Chapter 7 (206) by Emily Chang
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Conference Room G

When a dancer wearing a gleaming-white bra and underwear approaches our table [...] tells me she is a teacher at a public middle school in Berkeley, doing summer day shifts at the club to help pay bills. She says she has met patrons from all of the brand-name tech companies nearby, specifically men…

—p.202 Chapter 6 (177) by Emily Chang
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there is no evidence that Justin did anything illegal piece/panopticon

[...] Binary Capital said the allegations were "false" and that while The Information had "found a few examples which show that Justin has in the past occasionally dated or flirted with women he met in a professional capacity, let's be clear: there is no evidence that Justin did anything illegal …

—p.162 Chapter 5 (135) by Emily Chang
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VCs who manage their son's T-ball league piece/panopticon

[...] because most venture capitalists are men, they are likely to be more passionate about ideas that appeal to, well, men. When Lake was raising her seed round, she noticed that a fair number of little league coaching apps were getting funded. "I'm like, how big of a business is that? Seriously, …

—p.157 Chapter 5 (135) by Emily Chang
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thank God we don't have an HR team piece/panopticon

Sexist behavior often comes from the top, and in Holmes's telling that was the case at Cooliris, where the young CEO, Soujanya Bhumkar, gave the entire staff copies of the Kama Sutra [...] Bhumkar would often joke, "Thank God we don't have an HR team," [...]

—p.114 Chapter 4 (105) by Emily Chang
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meritocracy would produce a new social stratification topic/meritocracy

But we didn't have a term for "meritocracy" until the twentieth century, when the British sociologist and politician Michael Young wrote a book in 1958 warning of how dangerous the world's relatively new method of establishing status might be. In his novel The Rise of the Meritocracy, Young portr…

—p.61 Chapter 2 (41) by Emily Chang
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four had built bombs in high school

Obviously, Thiel didn't consider himself one of those doomed lemmings. But how does one find other nonlemmings? Just look for unusual behavior. In his book, Thiel notes with pride that "of the six people who started PayPal, four had built bombs in high school." In our interview, he told me, "There …

—p.51 Chapter 2 (41) by Emily Chang
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PayPal was a perfect validation of merit

[...] Rabois believes PayPal is a "perfect validation of merit" and of Silicon Valley as a meritocracy. "None of us had any connection to anyone important in Silicon Valley," he told me. "We went from complete misfits to the establishment in five years. We were literally nobodies.[...]" The early P…

—p.48 Chapter 2 (41) by Emily Chang
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crystal vases from Tiffany and bottles of Dom Perignon piece/panopticon

For Trilogy's tenth anniversary, in 1999, Liemandt flew hundreds of employees to the Bahamas, where they stayed at the Atlantis Resort, and gifted employees crystal vases from Tiffany and bottles of Dom Perignon. When the first tech bubble burst, Liemandt's net worth plummeted, and in 2001 hundreds…

—p.36 Chapter 1 (15) by Emily Chang
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brainteasers are a complete waste of time

[...] Recall those brainteasers that Trilogy and other major tech companies used throughout the 1990s and into the next two decades. There has never been any evidence that they were useful in measuring who would be a good programmer. Yet it took until 2013 for Google to finally stop using them. "Br…

—p.34 Chapter 1 (15) by Emily Chang
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only the best

With Trilogy still in start-up mode, and Microsoft ratcheting up the competition for talent, Liemandt made a decision about hiring that might have been the single biggest bet of his entire career. He wagered that talented, overachieving students with zero real-world experience - that is, people lik…

—p.30 Chapter 1 (15) by Emily Chang
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easier to tell yourself that you've worked harder

Ten years ago, the techies who became suddenly and extravagantly wealthy were were often self-conscious about flaunting their riches. It used to be that it wasn't cool, after your IPO, to pull up to the office in a Ferrari. But staying humble and empathic to those not in your rarefied circle or zip…

—p.12 Introduction (1) by Emily Chang
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easier to tell yourself that you've worked harder

Ten years ago, the techies who became suddenly and extravagantly wealthy were were often self-conscious about flaunting their riches. It used to be that it wasn't cool, after your IPO, to pull up to the office in a Ferrari. But staying humble and empathic to those not in your rarefied circle or zip…

—p.12 Introduction (1) by Emily Chang
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there were no women in the classroom at the time piece/panopticon

When I asked Pratt why he had never shared his role in Lena's story, [...] He seemed nonplussed when I pressed him about the controversy that still surrounds the choice of this test photo. “I haven't paid attention to [the controversy] at all,” he said. "[...] It was just natural that we would use …

—p.5 Introduction (1) by Emily Chang
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I am a dissolute and undisciplined creature misc/poetry

At home, I tell my vegetarian friends
that I admire them,
and I do, I think, sneaking mouthfuls
of boiled bird
from the walk-in freezer
I am a dissolute
and undisciplined creature,
but I harbor no illusions
that I am alone.

—p.115 In Starbucks on My Thirty (113) by Alex Gallo-Brown
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it's practically the whole goddamned thing piece/panopticon

"The union?" the woman asked after he introduced himself.

"Like I was saying, ma'am, I'm here because workers from all over the state are coming together -"

"Let me guess. To take out of my pocket? To pay people like you?"

"No, ma'am, they're coming together because -"

"Look at you." Sh…

—p.61 The Union Organizer (55) by Alex Gallo-Brown
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had it always been this way?

Three months ago, the boy moved to Seattle without knowing anyone at all. He had spent the summer delivering pizza and bussing tables while living with his parents at home. He saved enough money to survive for a few months while figuring out what to do with his life.

But this was the fall of 200…

—p.55 The Union Organizer (55) by Alex Gallo-Brown
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i tell you that you will die misc/poetry

You want more police, you said, more patrols,
all of the Aurora crap pushed away,
to some other neighborhood, some other
place, someone else's
problem now, another
community's fate.
Those people don't want
help, anyway.
They want to snort powder
in the back seats of cars,…

—p.35 To the North Seattle NIMBY with Whom Last Week I Shared Garlic Prawns (35) by Alex Gallo-Brown
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it had been silly to think of himself as a spy piece/panopticon

"It's okay," Jose says, stirring yogurt with his spoons. "He'll find another job."

Andrew shakes his head and tosses his fork onto his tray.

The next morning, he plods past half-finished office buildings, overturned construction cones, and hulking orange cranes. Mist nips at his cheeks. He bo…

—p.20 The Job at the Technology Cafe (15) by Alex Gallo-Brown
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we would all have to give misc/poetry

I was a worker once.
Lent my labor to
the appetites of mass.
Like a caged animal,
my master said,
beautiful, self-contained.
Only once was I asked to sacrifice
the fingers of my left land,
which I gave willingly
and mostly without regret.
I could follow
my master's …

—p.10 I Was A Worker Once (10) by Alex Gallo-Brown
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they had weighted their souls with stones

A boarding announcement for his flight. He stood up from his seat as the blanketing echo of many small conversations ricocheted around the high-ceilinged terminal, Trans World. A great white puff through which sailed both swallows and the underside of modernity. Even if the association was not dire…

—p.372 by Rachel Kushner
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you’ll go younger in order to tolerate yourself inspo/dialogue

His father had said to him, “As you get older, you tolerate less and less well women your own age.” “You mean you do,” Sandro had said. “Yes, I,” his father said. “That’s right. And I used to think it was because I’d escaped time and women didn’t. But that’s not the reason. It’s because I’m stunted…

—p.371 by Rachel Kushner
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a vacation from the self, to attend to their needs

[...] hat a relief it was. A vacation from the self, to attend to their needs. Like Giddle, the so-called best friend, but a betrayer who barely had a self, who had a sociopathic freedom from any need for relating. He enjoyed that kind of thing. On occasion. Or rather, he let himself be enjoyed by …

—p.370 by Rachel Kushner
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go let them know the war is over inspo/misc

He had both liked and hated Brasília’s stiff white meringues, which perfectly blotted the ugly history that paid for them. His father’s rubber-harvesting operations in the Amazon had made the Brazilian government enough money to build an all-inclusive concrete utopia, a brand-new capital. The money…

—p.366 by Rachel Kushner