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  • Author: Qiana Patterson
  • California bosses can no longer ask you about your previous salary 
  • #Human Resources
The State Street Corporation put a statue on Wall Street to promote "the next generation of women leaders." Now accused of pay discrimination, the firm denies wrongdoing but will pay $5 million.
  • Author: Qiana Patterson
  • Performative feminism isn't actually feminism.
  • #Human Resources

In case you haven’t noticed, though, you’ve changed from hero to villain. You’re too expensive and exclusive for the rest of the world: The garages that gave us Hewlett-Packard and Google now cost millions of dollars. You’ve moved from icon to joke — the show that bears your name is a cringe-worthy, true-to-life satire.

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Why might this be? Face the facts: When Silicon Valley investors are considering new ideas, you don’t have very many different perspectives around the table. More than 90 percent of the decision-makers in the venture capital industry are white men.

You’ve known this is a problem for a while, but haven’t done anything to fix it: Less than 5 percent of the new ideas that get funding are founded by women, and less than 1 percent of venture funding goes to Latinos and African-Americans.

You’ve concentrated capital in the hands of a few people (nearly all white guys) who have huge power to determine which people, places and industries get funding. And your decision-makers are often (unintentionally) overlooking ideas that come from people who aren’t like them, which exacerbates gender, racial and geographic divides in our country. Much worse, this financial privilege creates power dynamics that lead to too-frequent cases of investors sexually harassing founders or tone-deaf ideas like Bodega.

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In short, your present leaders are cannibalizing your future. If a startup is raising money today, one of the first questions they’ll be asked is, “What’s your exit strategy?” Specifically, that means, “Whom among Google, Facebook and a few other companies will acquire you?” A few tech giants are dictating which problems founders want to work on, and how we’ll solve them.

 

The result? You haven’t produced a new firm that has cracked the world’s top 200 since Facebook’s founding in 2003.

 

Solution?

Put as much attention into finding founders as you do deal flow.

Create conditions for the little guy to thrive.

Recognize that business and society are together — not in separate worlds.

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you
  • #Startup
  • Author: JoinIN Team
  • JoinIN Volunteer Week
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Great Medium piece by Homan Yuen, Managing Partner at NewGen Capital (published on 10/4/17) helps you better understand why VCs ask the questions they ask.

  • Author: JoinIN Team
  • VC Math (by Homan Yuen on Medium)
  • #Venture Capital
  • Author: Pawel Jaszczurowski
  • From Zero to $13 Million in 12 months – Koala.com’s Growth Strategy
  • #Marketing

Here are some more things developers love hearing from their non-developer co-workers.

“This change shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.”

Thanks, marketing coordinator! I appreciate you telling me that this fix on the site won’t take long in spite of the fact that you have no idea that the website was built in COBOL that someone hacked together when you were five years old.

“Let’s have a meeting!”

Oh man, developers love nothing more than when non-developers ask them to have meetings… about everything! Have to make a decision on colors? Let’s have a meeting! Want to try to convince your team to build it in WordPress? Sounds like a great way to spend three hours I could also use to build that product that’s a month behind. We should schedule a meeting to figure out when we should have this meeting!

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • 11 Things Developers Love Hearing From Non-Developer Co-Workers
  • #Coding/Programming
  • Author: Sonya Sepahban
  • Steve Blank's Customer Development
  • #Startup
  • Author: Sonya Sepahban
  • Steve Blank's Customer Development
  • #Startup
  • Author: WMN Team
  • CoWork space & Ecosystem for women led ventures
  • #leadership
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