An article that shines light on the dark side of Silicon Valley may have just caused more harm than good. In the latest issue of the widely read Newsweek magazine, a cover illustration has kicked up a firestorm of critics and negative shares. Although the article cover insights intrigue and will more than likely affect newsstand sales, it overcasts the content which highlights glass ceilings, gang-bang interviews and more. Check out an excerpt below:
A recent report on women entrepreneurs by the Kauffman Foundation identified the chief challenges to female entrepreneurship. Researchers interviewed 350 female entrepreneurs, and most cited “lack of available advisers” at the top of their list. Female professional attrition is only one reason for the scarcity of mentors for younger women. Another is that women who stay in the game beyond their late 30s may be less subject to sexual harassment than their younger counterparts, but they are sidelined by virulent ageism in the industry that especially—but not solely—afflicts women.
Younger women, setting out on careers in tech, are furious. One group wrote a scathing “Open Letter to Tech” last year complaining about regular “rape-y emails” and professional exclusion.
Shanley Kane is a young tech industry observer and founder of Model View Culture, an acid-penned, widely read website on which she routinely exposes and excoriates the white brogrammer establishment. In an interview with MIT Technology Review in December, she said venture capitalists talk about the need to get 10-year-old girls into science in order to bring up the numbers of women they will fund, but don’t fund the ones already in the industry. “We are not getting hired, and we are not getting promoted, and we are being systematically driven out of the industry,” she said.
Asked what women should do, Kane wasn’t encouraging: “I don’t have a lot of advice. There’s not a whole lot you can do to keep your career from being crushed by misogyny.”
Read more from the original Newsweek article here.
What do you think about sexism in the technology community? How do you interpret this cover illustration? Does it help convey the content message or is it Newsweek’s “cheeky” and “cheap” strategy for more magazine sales? Share your thoughts below…
PC World Magazine has released its list of America’s Most Tech-Friendly Cities for 2013 (April issue). The list is based on a compilation of tech amenities for tech savvy people that spend a large majority of their time working, playing, and shopping online. If you are at home, work, and out and about the cities should have smart phone apps, WiFi hotspots, and technological city services for your needs. So which cities are the most tech-friendly?
How Did They Rank the Cities’ Tech-Friendly Level On?
The magazine measured the cities tech-friendly based on ten factors: IT jobs, computer science graduate programs in the area, WiFi, speed of 3G/4G cell service, LTE wireless services, speed of home broadband, the number of tweets that originate from each city, and city government smart phone apps. The city government apps include apps to report potholes and paying for metered parking. Here is the rundown:
America’s Top 5 Most Tech-Friendly Cities:
1. San Jose/Silicon Valley, California – ranked high in public WiFi, IT jobs, city Apps, IT graduate programs, LTE services, and 4G download speed.
2. Atlanta, Georgia – ranked high in public WiFi, daily tweets, home broadband speed, and LTE services
3. Boston, Massachusetts – ranked high in public WiFi, IT graduate programs, and home broadband.
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota – ranked high in public WiFi, and home broadband.
5. San Francisco, California – ranked high in public WiFi, IT jobs, IT graduate programs, and LTE services.
Which of the Tech-Friendly Cities Had the Most WiFi?
Some cities ranked higher in one area over others. Minneapolis, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco are the cities with the most publicly available WiFi Networks.
Portland, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Denver were the fastest 3G/4G wireless combo.
Is your city one of the most tech-friendly cities in America? How did your city rank? Were you surprised by cities that did or didn’t make the list?