Well, then there’s always mathematics. But is mathematics actually universal? Does anyone who builds spaceships necessarily have to know about prime numbers, or integrals, or Fourier series? It’s certainly true that in our human development of technology, those are things we’ve needed to understand. But are there other (and perhaps better) paths to technology? I think so.
…d him to prioritize management experience in his next hire. He needed someone who knew how to lead. He asked his recruiting firm for female candidates, and they weren’t forthcoming. “They said, ‘for CTO?’” he remembers. “I said, ‘I’m paying you a lot of money and you have to deliver me a female candidate. That’s what I’m paying for.’”