White Identity Isn’t The Same As White Nationalism

The country (including me) is thinking and talking a lot about race recently. Reading this article in The Atlantic, about the work of Professor Ashley Jardina of Duke, gave me new nuance to my perspective. In her book, White Identity Politics, Jardina draws a distinction between those who self-identify as white but hold no animus … Continue reading White Identity Isn’t The Same As White Nationalism

Donald Trump, Race, and the GOP

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ cover essay for The Atlantic, “The First White President,” explores the role of race and racism in Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.  Coates’ essay, has been widely read, and drawn praise and criticism (a sign of success; the goal of nearly every writer is to elicit a reaction from … Continue reading Donald Trump, Race, and the GOP

Risk and Race: A Modest Proposal To Encourage Investing In Minority Entrepreneurs

Fast Company put out a fantastic package of stories covering the role of race in Silicon Valley.  The centerpiece is a deservedly glowing profile of Tristan Walker, but my favorite was an interview with a group of African American startup folks titled “An Honest Discussion of Race in Silicon Valley.” One thing that I failed … Continue reading Risk and Race: A Modest Proposal To Encourage Investing In Minority Entrepreneurs

Why George Zimmerman was found “Not Guilty” (and why this verdict is unsatisfying)

As usual, if there’s a controversial topic that no one in their right mind wants to touch, I’m going to write about it. The news came out this morning that a Florida jury found George Zimmerman “Not Guilty” of the charges of 2nd-Degree Murder and Manslaughter in his shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.  This case … Continue reading Why George Zimmerman was found “Not Guilty” (and why this verdict is unsatisfying)

Silicon Valley: The “Ultimate Meritocracy”

My fellow denizens of Silicon Valley are fond of referring to our happy little ecosystem as the ultimate meritocracy.  It’s definitely true that in comparison to the rigid and/or corrupt regimes that prevail in other industries and geographies, Silicon Valley is a meritocracy, but it is far from perfect. I often joke with the female/minority/over-30 … Continue reading Silicon Valley: The “Ultimate Meritocracy”

Jeremy Lin, Women in VC, and the Bigotry of Pattern Matching

Jeremy Lin is the talk of the NBA. Sportswriters everywhere are busy cranking out column inches on what people have called the ultimate Cinderella story: The emergence of an Asian-American Harvard graduate, seemingly from nowhere, as one of the NBA’s biggest stars. On February 3, Jeremy Lin was the Knicks’ third-string point guard. Less than … Continue reading Jeremy Lin, Women in VC, and the Bigotry of Pattern Matching

Things I Would Have Tweeted…

…if Twitter weren’t down. Chris Yeh-ism of the day: “Revolution plays well to early adopters, but the mainstream is looking for solutions, not revolutions.” (from a comment on Oliver Young’s blog)Great insights from Gil Yehuda: Same people plus same process yields same results. To get different results, you need different people, or a different approach … Continue reading Things I Would Have Tweeted…