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The Bear’s Lair: The untold story of systemic gender discrimination inside UC Berkeley’s IT Department

Vanessa Kaskiris was born in Hollywood and has blond hair, but she’s not what you are probably picturing right now. Hers was a different version of the California dream. When I first meet her, she tugs at her platinum locks and says, “This is all bleach, I’m 100% Latina.” Her grandparents were Mexican migrant workers, […]

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Admitted sexual harasser Justin Caldbeck won’t be speaking at a Women In STEM conference after all

Last Friday, Valley entrepreneur Niniane Wang was alerted to the existence of the upcoming “Women in STEM Gender Summit” in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum. Sounds great, right? Who doesn’t want more Women in STEM? The conference had a few impressive speakers like storied venture capital pioneer Magdelana Yesil and “Brotopia” author Emily […]

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Waymo vs Uber: Was it worth all that attention?

As the douche settles after the Waymo vs Uber case, let’s take a moment to ask: What was that all about? This was a civil case between two major name-brand Silicon Valley corporations – Uber and Google –and on that basis alone there’s an argument to be made that it was a business story of […]

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Pando goes to… the Uber/Waymo trial

After almost a year of anticipation, the big legal fight between Google* and Uber finally found its way to a jury on Monday morning. Judge William Alsup’s courtroom and an overflow room down the hall were packed to the limit with squads of dark-suited attorneys, trial consultants and flacks, shirtsleeved reporters from every outlet in […]

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Silicon Valley against Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is in a weird place. The valuations of private companies and amounts of (mostly Asian) capital they are sucking in is unprecedented. The large cap public tech companies look more unbeatable than ever. And yet several of the largest ones are in crisis this year. Not a crisis of valuation, revenues or growth, […]

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Facebook, having reached a crossroad, is determined to travel down both paths

Facebook has gone through something of an existential crisis in the past year as evidence of its cancerous effect on democracies emerged and as former developers and loyal users alike decried its soul-corroding potential. Mark Zuckerberg’s response journeyed from denial to contrition to a commitment to fix the social machine he created. In doing so, […]

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Expanding the borders into hell: Can a new crop of female and minority founded venture funds rescue us from the “hoodie kings”?

Lately, I’ve found a new reason to hope. New waves of startups always begin before you realize it. There aren’t clean breaks, where the old wave of companies all go public and then everyone has a post-mortem on how that went, and then starts up again. The new wave begins while the old wave is […]

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America’s bias against working moms comes down to one question: Do you value your female employees or not?

Before you consider a single finding in ReCode’s survey of mothers returning to work in the tech world, you need to remember and internalize one reality: Just how backwards this country is when it comes to supporting working moms. According to Pew, some 40% of Americans believe it is bad for society if women work, […]

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Tell me again why Uber is worth $69 billion?

Uber’s early employees, investors, and founders were racing to cash out their shares for a steep 30% hair cut to the company’s vaunted $69 billion valuation it had before its disastrous 2017. Uber apologists insist there’s nothing to make of that. Investors and early employees profit take all the time! It’s just because companies are […]

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Wonder Woman Island or the Avengers?

Last night, I watched Jessica Valenti — a feminist advocate and author I respect a great deal– on Comedy Central’s Alex Jones-parodying show “The Opposition.” I became a fan of the show, when they were kind enough to have me on during my book tour. One of the gimmicks of the host Jordan Klepper, who […]

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“I’m surprised there was not more of a backlash”: The inside story of putting rape culture on the ballot in Santa Clara

One of our most popular podcasts last year was with Michele Dauber, the Stanford Law Professor and head of the Committee to Recall Judge Persky, the judge in the Brock Turner case who made national headlines for giving the Stanford athlete a lenient sentence. Dauber has fought for victims of domestic violence and campus assault […]

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