Brotopia

Brotopia

Breaking up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

Book - 2018
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"Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman. For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties. In this powerful expose, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil! Connect the World!)--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back. Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they "won't lower their standards" just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer--who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman--reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women. Silicon Valley's aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It's time to break up the boys' club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735213531
0735213534
Characteristics: viii, 306 pages ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
May 16, 2018

Emily Chang is an idiot - - and this book is idiotic! [And her photo on the book jacket looks evil.]
A book I read just prior to this [Live Work Work Work Die] is written by a somewhat self-aware [still youthful] journalist who has a grasp of what's taking place; Emily Chang embraces the Uber economy, just wishes there was more diversity within the Third Reich, more gender equality in Hell! [News Flash, Emily, the Uber - - or slave labor - - economy is baaaad!]
I suspect Emily Chang is Exhibit #1 as an example of a product of the Fake History/Fake News environment she grew up in - - but still worships it, evidently from this book.
Emily reminds me of a 2002 article in the business section of USA Today, where the remaining American female employees at an IT firm were litigating under the EOE Act because, long after all the American males had been replaced with foreign visa workers from India, they - - at the lower IT rungs - - were finally being replaced. Believe they lost that suit, but I am not certain? Ten years prior to that, another article in the business section of USA Today - - just after Clinton won the 1992 presidential election - - recounted how an investment firm head was retiring because he believed Clinton would work to get China into the WTO, thus turning the workaday world from a dog-eat-dog environment into a rat-eat-rat arena, with the opening of such a large cheap labor market.
After wasting time on this book my only description of the author is . . . vacuous!

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kpelish
Mar 04, 2018

An exhilarating history of how high-tech selected for "brogrammers". Chang writes crisply yet descriptively as she covers unhappy men like Thiel (the PayPal Mafia Trump supporter) and Damore (infamous Googler "biology favors the dudes" memo writer); the false promise of meritocracy when mostly everyone in Silicon Valley has Stanford/Harvard connections; the sexist venture capital culture (which then affects who gets funded); short yet probing summaries of three high-profile women--Wojcicki, Mayer & Sandberg; Susan Fowler's bravery at Uber; shutting down online trolls; exposing sex parties for their silly premises (yah, we dunno what to do with our money); and finally, Chapter 9, a clear-eyed look at what companies and people can do. "It is because of their endurance & courage [the women who speak up and their male allies], I believe, that we have reached a cultural tipping point. From here on out, ignorance of the problem can only be willful. Reactions of "Gosh, I didn't know _this_ was going on" and "Is it really that bad?" are simply no longer credible. Or acceptable."

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