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Surprise: Google doesn’t make the top 10 best companies for gender diversity in tech

by Jason
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Not on the list.Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock It’s been a tough week for diversity in tech. Former Google engineer James Damore’s memo has ignited a pointless debate about whether or not women are inherently less capable of careers as software engineers. With the memo treated among many as a legitimate piece of scientific analysis, it can be discouraging for those who see it as manipulating scientific studies to support a flawed and problematic premise. The whole situation was reflective of larger problems with gender and racial diversity throughout Silicon Valley. Even at companies where engineers aren’t circulating arguments for why their […]

Uber’s days without drama resets back to zero

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Your scandal is arriving now.Image: ALTAFFER/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Remember #DeleteUber? So much has happened since people complained about Uber CEO … err rather … former CEO Travis Kalanick being on President Donald Trump’s advisory council and Uber stopping surge pricing during Trump’s travel ban. It’s like we can’t go a day without Uber-related drama. SEE ALSO: Uber at war: Major investor sues cofounder Travis Kalanick for fraud Case in point: On Friday, a group of Uber shareholders requested via a strongly worded email that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from Uber’s board of directors. That news arrived just a day after […]

Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

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Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with conservative political beliefs face discrimination at Google and that ideological diversity is more important than racial and gender diversity. SEE ALSO: So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of […]

Trump crushed a program startups and VCs were really looking forward to

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is an outspoken advocate for immigration reform in the United States.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg On July 17, 2017, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists were planning to celebrate. While the Barack Obama administration was unable to get much immigration reform through Congress, the Department of Homeland Security had approved a program right before the 44th President left the office. The International Entrepreneur Rule, referred to many in Silicon Valley as the “startup visa,” would have provided a way for foreign entrepreneurs to come to the United States and build their businesses. It seemed on some level like a no […]

Secret Silicon Valley app Blind now lets any tech employee join

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Image: christopher mineses/mashable When Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced his departure last month, thousands of Uber employees spent more than two and a half hours, on average, browsing Blind. The app is an exclusive network of forums only available to employees at just over 100 tech companies, prompting Silicon Valley types to gab and gossip. SEE ALSO: Blind: The hot app where all the best Silicon Valley gossip is read right now That community is now rapidly expanding. As of Monday, any member of a tech company can join Blind. They will have access to the newly created topics channels […]