At first, building a startup means growing as fast as you can before running out of money. You hire whoever’s available right now who you can afford. If you do that in a male-dominated field without thinking about it, you wind up with a ton of men. Left unchecked, that can create the sorts of toxic conditions for women we’ve been hearing so much about lately; at best, it’s terrible for business, since your team should reflect your customer base. So maintaining the status quo isn’t an option. … [Read more...] about I Accidentally Built A Brogrammer Culture. Now We’re Undoing It
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Don’t stick to the rules. Be open to how people do their things, be more open to throwing out my current ways of doing things. Deviate for a day and flip the current ways to the opposite. Retry tactics that didn’t work before. For example, the weekly review didn’t work for me for years until I modified it enough to my own personality and situation. The same with taking notes, which I tried multiple times. … [Read more...] about Try these 3 tactics to boost your personal productivity
Responsible leadership: Those in authority (C-suite executives and managers) should set the example by using titles and credentials for women in formal and public settings. They can also communicate guidelines for the expected use of titles and credentials, including consistent use in written materials. Bias is best addressed from the top down, by leaders who set expectations and norms for the rest of the organization. … [Read more...] about We need to stop ‘untitling’ and ‘uncredentialing’ professional women
One of their own The tech industry has a lot at stake in who runs Commerce, and it’s likely pleased with Biden’s pick for Secretary. Jeff Hauser at the Revolving Door Project points out that the agency also influences intellectual property rules and plays a big role in creating and enforcing U.S. trade policy. Tech giants saw both their supply chains and profit margins threatened by the Trump Administration’s trade war with China. … [Read more...] about Biden picked an ex-VC to run Commerce. Her ties to tech might be too close
In New York State, anyone getting the vaccine has to bring to their appointment proof of eligibility. To prove their age, they’d need a government-issued ID that includes their date of birth. While Jonah Bruno, the state’s director of public information, says any New Yorker can apply for a driver’s license or learning permit (or, in New York City, an IDNYC card) “regardless of their citizenship or lawful status in the United States,” that still poses a fear of being on government records. Essential workers need to show proof of employment, such as an employee ID card or pay stub; many undocumented people who are paid in cash don’t have those items. (It’s also unclear which essential workers are eligible—many undocumented people clean homes or deliver food, but those roles are not listed as qualifying options.) … [Read more...] about How will undocumented immigrants get the COVID-19 vaccine?