According to a recent article, Silicon Valley tech firms are using marketing tactics geared more towards fraternity brothers than programming savants. The problem? Not only is it sexist at times, but it is alienating a large chunk of qualified tech professionals. Here are a few examples:Sqoot, a site that offers application programming interfaces, advertised “perks” for a recent hackathon event, including this not-so-thinly-veiled sexist one: “Women: Need another beer? Let one of our friendly (female) event staff get that for you.”Recently, a start-up pitch presentation given to potential investors featured a recurring photo of leaping, bikini-clad womenA programmer was quoted as saying he was invited by tech industry recruiters to a party in Malibu “where there were naked women in the hot tub.”Klout, a social media analytics company, displayed a poster at a Stanford University career fair that stated: “Want to bro down and crush code? Klout is … [Read more...] about “Brogrammers” Giving Silicon Valley a Bad Name?
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This season’s finale of Silicon Valley provided Richard with only the briefest moment of victory before he once again faces losing Pied Piper. First, the arbitrator rules that because Richard used a Hooli computer while developing Pied Piper, under the invention assignment provision of Richard’s employment agreement with Hooli, Hooli would have the right to Pied Piper’s technology. However, because the employment agreement also contained unlawful non-compete provisions, the arbitrator held that the entire employment agreement was unenforceable, including the invention assignment portion. Therefore, Hooli had no right to Pied Piper’s technology, and Richard won! In the meantime, the Pied Piper team triumphs by successfully livestreaming the condor cam video to 200,000 viewers—including Laurie, the head of Raviga Capital. Laurie is so impressed with the technology that once Hooli loses the arbitration, Raviga buys out … [Read more...] about The Days of the Vultures (Silicon Valley – Season 2 Finale)
At age 9, Michelle Crosby was put on a witness stand and asked which of her divorcing parents she wanted to live with. Years later, similarly traumatized by her own divorce, Crosby was convinced she could devise a kinder, gentler process. The former family law attorney founded Wevorce, which seeks to streamline amicable divorces using software.The company, according to Crosby, is complementary to the collaborative law movement. But Wevorce is “high tech and high touch,” she says. The company’s methodology is built on the typical legal, emotional and financial elements of divorce and the cloud-based, custom case-management software enables couples to populate legal documents themselves. Teams of mediators, counselors and financial advisers trained in “neuroscience, archetypal patterns and reframing families from one household to two” facilitate settlement agreements that are then reviewed by the couple’s own attorneys, Crosby says.Priced up front, the … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley venture capital group wants to provide kinder, cheaper way to divorce
Move over Avvo, JD Oasis, Legal OnRamp and WireLawyer, there’s a new kid in town: Foxwordy.This spring, Palo Alto, Calif.-based lawyer and entrepreneur Monica Zent debuted Foxwordy, her entry into the array of legal social networks.Zent acknowledges she’s entered a crowded field—and one that has not exactly yielded a track record of success—but believes the features of her legal social network will differentiate it from the rest. “It’s the first private social network,” Zent says. “Privacy is key.”Users must apply to the network and meet certain membership criteria before being accepted. Zent says the vetting process ensures that members are part of the legal community and not advertisers or vendors.The network combines offerings that are prevalent on other social networks, including discussion boards, private messaging, profiles, connections, document libraries and ratings. Members can use some of these features privately or … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley lawyer creates another social network for lawyers
When Joe Laurienti talks about his team designing a rocket engine in a rented attic in the early days of his aerospace company, it brings to mind stories about Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies that started as projects in somebody’s garage. Laurienti’s story about his company, Lafayette-based Ursa Major Technologies, might one day be part of industry lore if Colorado becomes known as “Aerospace Alley.” “It’s a grand vision, but it’s also something that I truly believe is possible,” said retired Maj. Gen. John Barry, president and CEO of the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. It’s not really a moonshot kind of goal, considering that Colorado’s aerospace economy is already second only to California’s. Colorado has 180 aerospace companies and more than 500 businesses that provide space-related products and services. It has the highest concentration of private aerospace employment in the country: … [Read more...] about California has Silicon Valley. Could Colorado become home to “Aerospace Alley?”