So, I skipped last week in my curation line up and I heard about it. And I got the message. So, I’ll just profile a few interesting articles that came across my eyeline today. Beginning with this one. From Tristan Walker (founder of Bevel and formerly of Foursquare and Andreessen Horowitz) to Erin Teague (Director of Product at Yahoo!) this was a pretty dope article about cultural differences, breaking down how culture of risk averse clashes with the “fail fast” mantra of Silicon Valley and a lot more in between.
Silicon Valley doesn’t do enough to talk about race and racial diversity. But this Fast Company article gathered a group of extraordinary Black people that are working in tech today to talk about just that. From challenges facing Black founders, engineers, designers and others in the tech space, it was an especially frank conversation in an industry not known for having hard conversations about race. Kenyi Maqubela (a venture partner at Collaborative Fund) brought up an interesting thing that we need to talk about in the tech sector: The “culture” fit. As he puts it, “The meritocratic glow of Silicon Valley is so frustrating. It creates a pass for people who use things like the “culture” filter. What’s the culture filter? An easy excuse to be prejudiced. It’s culture bias, like [not hiring someone] because they didn’t like Animal Collective as much as you do? Seriously.” Because what does that mean, a “culture fit” when in the beginning, you’re still trying to create that?
And then there’s the conversation about “failing fast”. Failing fast works when you don’t have people that depend on you to make it and when you can raise a small round with friends and families. The “meritocratic glow” is not true for those that can’t afford to fail at all. If this system is a meritocracy, how do help people afford the room to fail as they go through the development process or iteration process?
Perhaps more than a curation piece, this deserves its own article.
This is an excellent article worth reading and sharing, especially for those in tech.