YEAH, I’D LISTEN TO HER ADVICE TO GROW THE ECONOMY: Silicon Valley Isn’t a Meritocracy. And It’s Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs.
In a cultural context where idealists have connected social media to democracy, egalitarianism, plus involvement, the technical scene inside Silicon Valley considers itself to be exceptional. Supporters talk glowingly of the singularly meritocratic environment where innovative entrepreneurs disrupt fusty aged industries plus facilitate sweeping social change.
But when the technical scene is actually a meritocracy, why are a lot of of its key players, from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs, white guys?
Why, indeed? Maybe considering they don’t write stuff like this:
For example, inside her research of entrepreneurs, Helene Ahl found which inside company discourse 70 % of words utilized to describe entrepreneurs were male-gendered — these included “self-reliant”, “assertive”, “forceful”, “risk-taking”, “self-sufficient”, “leader”, “competitive”, plus “ambitious”.
If we think “self-reliant” or “ambitious” are “male-gendered” then the prospects are bad . . . .