When Susan Fowler alleged in February that sexism and sexual harassment was rampant at Uber, it wasn’t just the charges that were shocking. It was her willingness to speak out against a powerful former employer.
Oakland can be a role model for tech done right when it comes to diversity, says the Kapor Center’s chief technology community officer.
The stories are vile. Women entrepreneurs face sexual advances by the VCs they rely on to get their companies off the ground. They are bribed to keep quiet. They are threatened to shut up. Their supporters are labeled “whiners” and worse.
Camila Minor considered enrolling in college after immigrating to San Francisco from Brazil, but instead opted for Hackbright Academy, an all-female computer coding course. Inside the Hackbright classroom, 22 women were learning the computer language Python. The walls were covered in cheerful Post-it notes with handwritten notes that say things like, “You’re amazing.” Some of women were even high-fiving each …
The technology sector, and especially the start-up culture in Silicon Valley, has long been criticized for its record on diversity, gender and inclusion. Now, the spotlight is being shone a spotlight on the investors and funders in the valley.
Earlier today, TechCrunch reported that 500 Startups co-founder Dave McClure, who had already stepped down as CEO, has resigned from his general partner role. Now, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, who are limited partners in 500 Startups, have spoken out about his resignation in light of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Tech Sector Has Gone Awry: A Comprehensive Approach is the Only Option By Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor The events of 2017 in the tech ecosystem depict a sector gone deeply awry. This is not just a case of a few bad actors. This is not something that is fixable with a pledge or a new policy. This …
“At Kapor’s core, we’re a racial justice organization,” said Brown, the chief of community engagement. “We’re pushing inclusion with race as the central lens, which necessitates talking about all inclusion. So all things get put on the table. We weave intersectionality into that, including women, people of color, and LGBT.”
“I think it’d be quite ironic if Uber took all of this to heart and implemented it in a rigorous way,” Kapor Klein said in an interview with Business Insider. “It could change the tech sector and be that standard.” But the $69 billion company faces a long and hard road ahead, she said.
There is one Uber investor who stands out for how she decided to speak up. It was not very Silicon Valley-like of her, but Freada Kapor Klein wanted to turn the crisis into a teachable moment. And while this week’s events could lead her to say “I told you so,” she has a different takeaway.
Back in February, we released an open letter to Uber’s Board of Directors and Investors decrying the “toxic patterns” we had observed within the company culture. As we said at the time, Uber’s response to this crisis would be defining for the company. Today’s report and recommendations are the best signal yet of how they intend to respond. We also said that …
With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick “stepping aside,” Freada Kapor Klein is optimistic about the future of the company’s culture. But she says employees who have been mistreated shouldn’t be forgotten.