We Need to Talk About Age Diversity in Tech
Steven Levy
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The Ellen Pao trial was a public hearing on the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Much was revealed. John Doerr explained the bias toward funding “white male nerds who dropped out of Harvard and Stanford and have absolutely have no social life.” Priority#1 for a good percentage of Silicon Valley start-ups is Investor storytime. That is, the hiring managers don’t care about the skills, knowledge and wisdom that experienced workers could bring because they don’t really intend to create a viable business. They hope to exit before the stick village folds. In the mean time, older workers work against the Potemkin Village-type appeal that the start-up wants to project to the next round of investors. It’s a weird dynamic between VCs and funded start-up management: like Catherine the Great and Potemkin, they seem to like lying to each other. But, “Good Leader = Good Liar” . Right? At least that is what they teach at Stanford.

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