This week has been a gender disaster zone in Silicon Valley. Three powerful men quit and several offered applogies for their sexist behaviour. Sadly the IT culture underbelly is not pretty. I think the most important thing to loom at is how power is maintained by a handful of men (not just why they abuse it). Venture Capitalist are the source of money and form the bastion of male power in the IT sector. So, what to do? Here is a great article with some ideas for change: “Three simple changes to Make Silicon Valley more welcoming to Women: by Minda Zetlin, Autor of the Geek Gap July 3, 2017. As she says, “Silicon Valley, you have a fundamental problem: You are in thrall to the entrepreneurs who build billion-dollar companies, and to the VCs who bet on them. That’s created a large cadre of people (and by “people” I mean white men from elite colleges) who can get away with just about anything.” Here are her three suggestions: VCs must publish the percentage of their funds they invest in women- and non-white-led start-ups; hire more female VCs; and create an organization where women can make anonymous complaints. Good start!
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