"It may seem odd to say we have arrived at a moment when data and creativity are bound together in the same vocation, not to mention the same person. Silver doesn’t have much of a problem with the idea, as incongruous as it might sound. ‘I think there are two types of creativity,’ he says. The first is what he calls ‘pure expression’—a phrase to describe the work of musicians, poets, actors, dancers, and the like. ‘The other kind,’ he says, ‘is finding different ways to approach and solve a problem. I’m not sure of the first kind, but I think I have a lot of the problem-solving type of creativity.’ Math, as he once put it, ‘is a different language you can use to think through problems.’"
Adventures with Google Glass
And This Is One of the Reasons I Got Out of the Technology Field
From Fast Company’s profile of Nate Silver, whom the magazine has named the most creative person in business
This is sad. It would be a shame if women interested in tech decided to abandon the field because of sexism. Denying that there’s a problem is bad for the field as a whole.
Throwback: from LearnVest, a reminder of who’s getting paid in Facebook’s IPO. (January 2011)
"We’re kind of living in a bilingual nation, at least among educated elites—English and some form of programming…"
"Ideally, we would like to see a professional base that reflects the entrepreneurs in which we invest, one that is robust and diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, nationality and age."
Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, on the typical demographic profile of venture capitalists
Given the discussion around minorities and women in tech, I suspect one reaction to this quote might be the following:
The Stephen Colbert of Tech
“I don’t see race.”
That’s Michael Arrington’s response to the CNN Money post regarding his statement that he doesn’t know a “single black entrepreneur” in the upcoming Black in America 4 special.
In all seriousness, though, I agree with him that Soledad O’Brien’s question “Who would you say is the #1 black entrepreneur?” was a gotcha. I’m not a big fan of the Black in America series on CNN, and this dust-up is exactly why. Sensationalism wins out over providing any real insight.
That said, I’ve recently heard/read a pair of anecdotes about TechCrunch summarily dismissing pitches regarding black entrepreneurs. (One of them, regarding NewME Accelerator, the subject of the BIA special, is here.) So I’m not 100 percent convinced that TechCrunch and Arrington just aren’t hearing from any black folks.
However, in the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t matter all that much. I’ll have to co-sign NewME Accelerator co-founder Angela Benton: ignore the drama. Better yet, come up with ways to encourage black people to get into tech, wherever they are. Hint: most of them won’t be in Silicon Valley.