Ban Bossy

Does Ban Bossy Really Help Women in Tech?

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed your social media contacts affirming that they plan to “Ban Bossy.” This campaign, launched by Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org initiative and the Girl Scouts, calls for us to ban the word “bossy” because assertive girls are labeled bossy and assertive boys are called leaders. It’s certainly a positive, well intentioned initiative t... »

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Bitcoin 101 with Brett Scott

Bitcoin, an alternative currency protected by cryptography, has been popping up all over the news for a while. First, Bitcoin-driven marketplace Silk Road shut down. Then the Japanese Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox crashed (and is now bankrupt). You can make real-world Bitcoin transactions at a Bitcoin ATM in Texas. And then of course there’s Dogecoin (much coin, very currency). As skeptics, we wanted to... »

CoC Pledge

#CoCPledge – A Way Forward?

The #CoCpledge is a simple idea – pledge not to speak at conferences that don’t have a code of conduct established – that seems like a great step toward more fair and responsive treatment of all kinds of people at conferences. The pledge is perhaps more powerful when it comes from higher profile speakers (many of whom, like our own Rebecca Watson, have required harassment policies from the c... »

The Power of a Position

The Power of a Position

Bryan Cantrill is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Joyent, a cloud infrastructure company. Like many tech companies, Joyent has a management team made up of mostly white males. Unlike some tech companies, Joyent (via Cantrill) recently came out with a strong statement in favor of the power of a pronoun – a gender-neutral one, to be specific. Joyent is a sponsor of node.js, an open source pl... »

PBJs, Nail Polish, Barrels of Crabs: The Week(s) in Startup Sexism

PBJs, Nail Polish, Barrels of Crabs: The Week(s) in Startup Sexism

There’s so much to say about startups and sexism! In the past few weeks, several items have surfaced that continue to reveal not just the deep-seated sexism in tech, but also the deep-seated denial and ignorance surrounding sexism in the industry. Don’t believe? Let’s review! First, some guy raised $6.5 million dollars to tell women what they want to read about on a new-school we... »

Paula Deen and Donuts

Paula and Rachel

“And I tell you what, if there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.” That’s the contradictory babble Paula Deen unleashed on Matt Lauer during her “apology” appearance o... »

Cloudy with a chance of baby

It’s Thursday. Do You Know the Texture of Your Cervical Mucus?

Have you ever wanted to have a baby, but weren’t quite sure how? Never fear, Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal and Slide, is using his expertise in processing payments and sharing photos to… climb inside your uterus. That’s right, a man best known for financial transactions and slick slideshows is ready to tell you when it’s time to get busy – and get pregnant. Levchin’... »

Insufferable douchebags make things amazing

Everything Sucks, but Not How You Think

Dave McClure might not be a familiar name in the skeptic community, but he’s pretty well known in tech. A self-described “late bloomer,” he’s a guy who held various software industry jobs before founding the popular accelerator 500 Startups. He blogs and speaks at conferences and the like, typically with eyeball-peelingly bad slides and some foul language to boot. And today... »

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