All the good and bad of Silicon Valley, anonymous and uncensored

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Gone are the days of whispering salaries among friends or hunting for compensation expectations on Glassdoor while looking for a new job. These days, employees in the tech world rely on an anonymous online forum called Blind to dish all of their insider intel on pay, stock options, workplace culture, managers, and what snacks line the kitchen shelves.

The South Korean app launched in 2015 and has grown rapidly. The Reddit-like forums now span topics well beyond professional — from dating woes to politics. …


She’s not like other girls

Two men, colored monochromatic yellow, talking to a laughing green woman; a purple woman looks over her shoulder at them.
Two men, colored monochromatic yellow, talking to a laughing green woman; a purple woman looks over her shoulder at them.
Illustration: Randi Pace

Hail the rise of the “hackathon queen”: a title I’ve come up with for a woman who codes, is a self-described computer-science nerd, and exlusively hangs out with men because women are too dramatic and just don’t get her.

These women are perhaps best described in a single phrase: “I’m not like other girls.”

My first encounter with one such queen was when I was living in New York and visiting a female friend in San Francisco over the weekend. We met up with a friend from Caltech who brought along a gaggle of his old undergrad buddies, unsurprisingly all…

Dolores Pan

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