Thursday, September 20, 2018

Another day, and another lecture on diversity.

And frankly I've had it. I think Silicon Valley is being purposefully intellectually dishonest. They need to take a good look at themselves.

Silicon Valley is extremely diverse. It's one of the things I've always loved about it. But it doesn't escape anyone that Black and Brown people do not work at tech companies in any real numbers.  They never have, and I'm wondering if they ever will.

Mr S. said that before moving to California there were way more Black people in engineering than California has. Everyone that moves here is a little shocked honestly. I've been watching it for a lot of my adult life because it isn't that Back people don't live here. They just don't work in tech.

Maybe they just think that working in tech isn't as cool as you think it is.

Every other nationality on the planet is here. At a lot of companies now being white is the minority. Predominately the work force is Asian or Indian. But that is not the "right" diversity for Silicon Valley.

Additionally at most of the companies in Silicon Valley until very recently - you pretty much needed a PHD to work there. People from poor families do not have that kind of time. 

One of the few things that Silicon Valley has done recently, that has been good, is relaxing the school requirement for candidates. If you can make it though a phone interview where you WILL get a quiz, you should get a chance. You are going to take a pay hit for sure, but sadly that also makes this not appealing for Silicon Valley. With all of their stupid equal pay shit. Even men in the same field do not make the same wage.

I mean, they make it hard to get in - and then they wonder why they can't get more diversity. Silicon Valley was built by autodidactic people! It's one of the things that made it cool! It's why they love Elon Musk! He doesn't have an education in that crap. He learned a lot of that on the job!

Still, I don't think they are going to attract many more women, and minorities because maybe they want to do something different with their lives. I guarantee you - if they were getting these types of applicants - they would getting at least  a phone interview. Those people are just not applying for various reasons.

I mean, I get it - I grew up poor and I still managed to finagle my way into tech. And I'm a girl! But I could never do that now because of the way these companies operate.

Yet as I drove around MountainView today it didn't escape me that maybe the reason no new stuff is coming out is because of Sillicon Valley's relentless imaginary push for diversity. They are pushing on a string that does not exist, but they are still using a ton of resources for very little pay off. The only thing they haven't done is force kids to learn math and commit to working at Google or Facebook for the rest of their lives.

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