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Ngineers is a woman reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler entrepreneur Niniane Wang and game developer Brianna Wu have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other womenSilicon Valley's aggressive misogynistic work at all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world It's time to break up the boys' club Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture to bring down Brotopia once and for all I had high h Encounters with Rauschenberg up the boys' club Emily Chang shows Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries us how to fix this toxic culture to bring down Brotopia once and for all I had high h

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Brotopia Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

Nect the World and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight backDrawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders Chang opens the boardroom doors of male dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins the subject of Ellen Pao's high profile gender discrimination lawsuit and Seuoia where a partner once famously said they won't lower their standards just to hire women Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer who got their start at Google where just one in five e I REALLY wan

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For women in tech Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland where millions of dollars grow on trees It's a Brotopia where men hold all the cards and make all the rules Vastly outnumbered women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex partiesIn this powerful exposé Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground Don't Be Evil Con I couldn't g

10 thoughts on “Brotopia Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

  1. says:

    I know how tricky it can be for a white straight cis dude to write anything negative about a book like this I feel that my identity will be held against me and my review discounted as a result but I’m going to share a review anywayThis book is a missed opportunity So much hype for it So much interest in it But so little promise fulfilledA big problem with the book is that there’s almost nothing in it you can’t find in many of the articles and reporting of the #metoo movement The section about sex parties was the most original bit of reporting but it was already published onlineRegarding that sex party story it stinks A friend and former colleague of mine whose honesty I do not doubt tells me that she was at the party and that it wasn’t anything like the one Emily Chang described and that she my friend would have left if it were anything like that What’s people warned Chang that her story was inaccurate but she chose to publish it anyway Maybe not unethical but probably not uality journalism eitherThat said this is a a good book to give someone who feels downtrodden by bros and who hasn’t been keeping up with the news Perhaps a young person in her first job in corporate America struggling with her first encounters with the sexism that pervades our culture This is also a good book for leaders who haven’t been keeping up with the issues There’s the rub — if those leaders haven’t cared enough to become enlightened before now this book isn’t going to end up on their nightstand I know two CEOs that I’d love to give this book to but I know neither of them would read itMy biggest issue with this book is that it’s not thoughtful or deep enough It doesn’t cover the roots of gendered ineuality It completely avoids talking about the patriarchal behaviors in our broader society It avoids talking about business culture in general and the roots of meritocratic ideals including the redeeming aspects of these ideals The tech business inherited many of its norms from our broader society but Chang chose not to touch on the broader cultural context She stuck narrowly to just tech and the book is less because of itOne thing the book dangerously agrees with gender essentialist ways of seeing the differences between sexes and in doing so it extends sexist behaviors and the justifications used for them Chang unthinkingly champions stereotypes that suggest the differences we observe between genders derive naturally from our underlying DNA rather than from thousands of years of cultural baggageWhat I mean by this I learned from the book Testosterone Rex which I recommend over this book any day Here’s a uote from Testosterone Rex“When we think in essentialist ways about social groups the differences between them seem large unbridgeable inevitable unchangeable and ordained by nature Those who think in gender essentialist ways are likely to embrace gender stereotypes that are the foundation of intended and unintended discrimination in the workplace They are likely to feel negatively toward power seeking women relative to men They are likely to allocate childcare in a traditional way They are likely to prefer that the husband earns in a heterosexual marriage and to expect to make traditional work care tradeoffs Women encouraged to take a essentialist view of gender become vulnerable to stereotype threat the reduction in performance and interest in traditionally masculine domains triggered by negative stereotypes about women Gender essentialist thinking makes men evaluate sex crimes leniently and makes people less supportive of progressive gender policies and feel comfortable with the status uo”Anyway Brotopia is an OK book overall I think those of us who have agreed to take responsibility for our own actions and how they impact others are even obligated to read books like this so I’m glad I read it But this is no Pulitzer contender nor even touching memoir nor brilliantly worded polemic It’s like a book length article than a major contribution to the movement

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    It sucks that the really long review I originally wrote was deleted but I care about voicing this opinion SO MUCH that I'm willing to give it another go Like other readers expecting an in depth revelatory historiography on the tech industry and how it has come to tolerate the behavior that it does this book is instead a collection of Silicon Valley's most offensive hits slap dashed together without than a cursory surface exploration for the profit of the author This book failed on a lot of fronts particularly when it came to illustrating any way to change things It wasn't all bad I enjoyed learning that women usually found e commerce businesses focused on fashion parenthood family or community and that investors generally hate that I also enjoyed learning that a particular career aptitude test is to blame for creating the antisocial coder stereotype and that polyamory is alive well and seemingly contributing to the terrible sexist meritocracy that is the tech industry HOWEVER Beyond the monotonous syntax and redundant structure these are my two main issues 1 Chang relegates any uantitative arguments and resources to the back of the book without any indication in the main body of the text that these resources exist 2 Chang offers no course of action for women in the workforce amid this dramatic expose of things we already know There is no course for those that wish to empower themselves and others There is so much energy spent discussing the emotional labor of trying to get ahead in toxic work environments that there is no talk whatsoever about how women are moving forward Surely with something as important as this an index of female friendly VC firms or incubators or investors would not have been out of place? Surely a collection of free resources and communities to depend upon and build wouldn't have been too much to ask or a list of organizations you could invest in yourself? As to the first argument here is my case in point When discussing James Da's Google memo Chang mentioned the scientific studies referenced in said memo did not indicate the scientific community shared a consensus as to whether nature or nurture influences women's career decisions She left it at that Why not discuss those studies talk to researchers give some hard numbers for readers to use when next they encounter someone who shares Da's views? We need talking points I was surprised that a journalist of Chang's caliber couched such important arguments in personal anecdotes we know already How can this be a powerful expose when we already know what's been exposed? How is this helpful? Why was this written and what did I just read despite a lot of women saying yeah it's fricken tough and moving on? The entire book ended with an awkwardly forced encounter with Girls Who Code participants Chang said it's a dire situation and basically ended it there So I guess my uestion is okay and?

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    I couldn't get enough of this book You don't need to be someone who works in Silicon Valley or identify as female to appreciate this book As someone who works on the fringe of this world and with many of these companies and the women men of Silicon Valley I found the history lesson incredibly valuable I appreciated Chang's artful mix of data anecdote and interview to paint an informed picture of who why what how So much of the narrative and data validated my own experience in a way that felt incredibly empowering and helpful I see many of these orange and red flags in some of the organizations that employ me and am hopeful that armed with the information from Brotopia I will be a better advocate and change maker for myself and others I've also reuested that the rest of my company read it so that we can have a jumping off place for conversations to address and prevent these pitfalls in our own organization and those we work within I hope that works like this come out that delve this directly into the explicit challenges I would value feeling informed about the challenges for POC and LGBT in these fields too

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    This book is well researched and well considered While Silicon Valley has been impacted by #metoo with some powerful men stepping down from their companies it's not enough just to think in terms of a few bad apples; the entire culture could use a reboot when it comes to gender relations euality and the broadening of the talent pool It's been shown that diverse teams produce better products for on this I'd recommend another book I just finished and reviewed called Technically Wrong So hopefully the innovators and disruptors in tech will read this book and heed the call What's moral is not just good PR; it's also good for businessOkay I'm off my soapbox now I just hope this book finds the readership it deserves

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    This was really interesting While many of us are all aware of sexism in general and in tech I learned a lot I didn't know like how the first few tech companies got started and how the culture at those companies rippled throughout Silicon Valley And that even good intentions like Google's commitment to hiring women from the start don't always go well because it can be hard to maintain those numbers when a business starts growing rapidly I like that she includes examples from companies that have handled diversity issues poorly and examples from companies that have found success in this area I would have liked than a few bullets at the end about what can be done to improve the situation but otherwise I really enjoyed the book

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    I REALLY wanted to like this book This is a topic I care a lot about I called out the CEO of my company at all hands for not having enough women on the leadership team I read in my neighborhood blog that Emily Chang is a neighbor She seems rad I want to be friends with her But even stillI had hoped this book would capture what it felt like to be woman working in tech in SV and why women are treated the way they are It felt like that Emily Chang focused on the big names that she was connected to from working at Bloomberg News It mostly felt like a rehash of recent women in tech news For example she talks about PayPal mafia and then she talks to Max Levchin about his current company Affirm He talks about how the environment at Affirm is way different than PayPal But it's all from Max's perspectiveI wanted to read the book where we then hear about the experience from a female engineer on Affirm's teaminstead giving platform to anotherwhite maleYou get Sheryl Sandberg instead of that woman working at Facebook contemplating freezing her eggs It's all the same perspective that you continually hear about in tech news

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    This is a well written book You can tell Emily uses her Bloomberg speaking skills and translates them on paper about an important discussion about the lack of women in technology; this specifically in Silicon Valley There are reasons for that and it’s the bro environment Some CEOs and venture capitalists sound like utter douchbags who need punched in the face They just don’t know how to act Women are the future of technology; they are needed badly to be involved with the emergence of Artificial Intelligence If all men are coding somehow ego and testosterone will spill in and play a factor; all from douchery That means a less cohesive and likely violent future for no reasonThis also gets me excited for Walter Isaacson’s next book on Ada LovelaceThis pretty much confirms that Peter Thiel is a tool He got lucky coming out of PayPal and cashing out before the dot com crash and his mindset is now vilified for why he and his buddies are successful Had he missed cashing out he’d be broke like everyone else But his mindset of being strangely out going about anything is strange Supporting Trump so aggressively tells you something; he enjoys being an outsider no matter what that takesGoogle did well starting a company by hiring for diversity while knowing of the advantages Though as they grew extremely fast their mindset didn’t trickle down to other managers Their culture has grown worse but at least they are acknowledging their faultsUber sounds like a disaster Douchbags isn’t a terrible enough word to describe employees there Atrocious environment Lots of dudes that don’t know how to act in front of women But it all started at the top and that reflects vertically Makes me really uestion the use of the app The stories are not just regurgitation but with what Emily and the women discussed in her home She isn’t just getting stories for a book she is understanding the issue and reporting to the world from the perspectives of many women in techHarassment extends to Venture Capital firms whom appear to be enabled by their Limited Partners that fund them Capitalism rules here since LPs only care about returns and not about ethical business Sadly this will continue despite LPs being women as well It must have been pretty hard to report on chapter 6 pretty appalling how tech employees act during work hours including the strip clubs and partying This supposed normal behavior by men marginalizes women in tech I can’t even imagine what that world is like Hard to believe Elon Musk and other head founders engage in such strange activity Not very inspiring if you ask me In other countries acting like this is a shame Yeah you are profiting and “changing the world” but no reason why you can’t act appropriatelySlack appears to be the best case scenario for hiring with diversity in mind though like others they are falling from grace a bit It’s impressive to see a founder who was so focused on diversity and empathy for others this gets lost in the focus and mindset of a CEO in tech But also other industries as well Solutions are presented in the end for existing companies which are an easy solution but hard to implement It’s a reuired change in culture overall Honestly it sounds like all employees in tech should read “Leadership and Self Deception” and learn about empathy for othersEmily ends with a discussion with some young female coders in high school and their experiences I believe the solution lies with the school systems and funding for coding classes availability This subject is hardly touched as the solution Yeah I get that it’s a problem in tech today but a massive tech industry culture change will take years with continuous effort Very hard stuff The solution is to start at the grade schools Which needs funding focus Which means women also in political offices to enable changeImportant subject and well written

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    BROTOPIA BREAKING UP THE BOYS’ CLUB OF SILICON VALLEY popped onto my reading radar while speaking with a former colleague about her experiences going to B school Stanford and working at a prominent tech firm Salesforce in Silicon Valley My friend’s graduate school project involved collecting and analyzing data about the gender disparity in the tech world Her research was the basis for a recent cover article in Atlantic Monthly and received a mention in this book by Emily Chang Overall this is a good book well written insightful and interesting the story about Lena Soderberg aka Lenna Sjooblom aka Playboy’s 1972 Miss May as the “inspiration” for the development of JPEG images is incredible while also raising much incredulity Chang spins story after story of shocking horrible outlandish unacceptable and boorish behavior by the “Bros” of Silicon Valley She tells these stories in an interesting way mostly by going company by company showing the many mistakes and scandals at tech and VC firms while also pointing out some of the places and people who have not just tried to bring women and minorities into the tech world but also make them feel welcome and respected Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of shining examples of success in the latter category My only criticisms of the book are that I wish Chang had delved a little further into the data my friend and her colleagues amassed instead of just providing company vignettes At times the stories came across as anecdotal instead of indicative of a systemic problem My other criticism is the assumption that the goal in SV and elsewhere should be a 5050 representation between male and female workers Is this goal desirable much less attainable? Shouldn’t the goal be to make women and other non straight white male people feel welcome and respected instead no matter what their number is? My reasoning here is that why use 5050 as a marker at all? What if or less women than 50% want to go into coding and other tech fields? How does this desire in tech play out in other fields is this truly the goal of all industries to represent people by their numbers in the general population?Besides those uibbles I admire Chang’s book especially her fearlessness when it comes to naming names of men who epitomize the worst of Silicon Valley Bro culture

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    I had high hopes for this book to be the book that addresses the gender biases in tech and the workplace I was really hoping that a journalist at Bloomberg could shed some serious light on this timely issue Instead I found the book to be poorly research and one that mostly read like Page Six name dropping and exaggerated story telling Perhaps she is planning to go work at TMZ One sentence on page 166 yes I read the whole book captures it all “whatever happened men in technology are finally being held accountable There it is She does not care to get a fully story to verify facts or to take accountability for erroneous descriptions I feel confident posting this because I first hand know that there are erroneous descriptions in this book Hence I can confidently deduce that the fact checking was loose or absent Exactly what we need in todays world fake news taunted as investigative reporting Sorry Emily but you failed women journalism and the current gender conversation

  10. says:

    I'd hand out copies of this to everyone I know if I could The groundbreaking books I've read by journalists lately are really setting my reading standards high and I LOVE it Emily Chang spent years writing this book and it shows through every page The stories she uncovers and facts she shares are wild and the overarching message of severe gender ineuality is wildly important I wish she went a little further beyond women in Silicon Valley and explored how race gender identity and sexuality intersect with tech representation but I realize this would have likely doubled the book length That deserves its own book and she should write that one too 1010 would recommend

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