Mitch Albom, CWD contributor talk about Silicon Valley, diversity

Mitch Albom, CWD contributor talk about Silicon Valley, diversity

Jesse Jackson’s on-again, off-again campaign against Silicon Valley for the lack of blacks, Latinos and women in its tech workforce is revving up. This is from a USA Today story this week:

“There’s no talent shortage. There’s an opportunity shortage,” he said, calling Silicon Valley “far worse” than many others such as car makers that have been pressured by unions. He said tech behemoths have largely escaped scrutiny by a public dazzled with their cutting-edge gadgets.

I wrote about Jackson’s campaign for Cal Watchdog in February. My basic point was that he has a history of doing this with big companies, then leaving them alone after he gets paid off in some way. I noted that especially in his current case, he had no evidence of overt bias at all, just a statistical case.

I cited the paucity of black, Latino and women graduates in hard sciences and said a case could be made that this was a societal failing — but not one of Silicon Valley and the information technology industry in general, which is the greatest meritocracy that I have ever seen.

Read one of the peerless Michael Lewis’ lesser-known books for ample evidence of the Darwinian work culture in the IT world. (Or just read it because it is another example of Lewis’ brilliance.)

He shows over and over again how talent and results are what is rewarded, not Ivy League pedigrees and/or family connections. Some of the biggest companies in the world were started by college dropouts — Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and many more — and many of the biggest programming stars have far from elite educations.

RADIO Mitch 13On Wednesday, I was guest on Mitch Albom’s Detroit radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR. Yes, the guy of “Tuesdays with Morrie” fame. He wanted to talk about the issues Jackson raised.

It you want to listen to the lively 10-minute conversation, here’s the link. Scroll down and look for the third segment on the July 30 show.

Don’t miss the end, in which I cite a Larry Summers theory about math and gender after first being careful to make clear it’s his theory. It got him fired as president of Harvard.

Profile in courage!

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  1. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 31 July, 2014, 16:45

    Only 1/3 of STEM graduates (science technology engineering and math) can actually find employment in their fields….Yet Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, ad nauseum claim they ‘can’t find any qualified job applicants’….BULL.
    STEM graduates are competing for employment with less qualified foreign candidates who are brought in as virtual SLAVES under H1B visas. The beauty of the H1B arraingement for companies such as Microsoft is if the H1B employee doesn’t work out, or (gasp) wants a raise, and they are let go, they are then deported immediately, paid for by the US taxpayer….Total SLAVERY. So why would anyone want to recruit women and minorities into this hellhole? What about age discrimination?

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 31 July, 2014, 18:52

    Well.

    Slaves…..Slave Masters…..when is enough money enough? Slums…..fat unhealthy slaves from fast food addiction….government benefit dependency.

    Well……

    Democrat or Republican…….

    The globalists have changed America.

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 31 July, 2014, 21:45

      Jesse Jackson’s premise seems to be if women or ‘minorities’ (whatever that is anymore) get a ‘technology’ education then “they gonna be rich!”, its going to be “out of the street, into the suite”. The very sad truth is that most non-governmental tech and engineering jobs are total dead-enders, despite what you read in the WSJ about the latest 24 year old billionare, post IPO…. The real road to riches and opportunity lies in creating succesful businesses, small and medium especially. We all need more of this.

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  3. Andrew
    Andrew 1 August, 2014, 08:21

    Just another replay for Jackson. I remember when he made a run at Cisco or some similar company back during the first tech boom.
    Running off at the mouth about all of these supposedly lucrative stock options the privileged tech workers somehow lucked into, and how his constituents wanted their share.
    Pathetic then, pathetic now.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 1 August, 2014, 10:11

    Keeping minorities uninformed and uneducated is an age old ploy to exploit the masses by kings, dictators and now globalists.

    Doomers need to look around them…..California is becoming a third world morass filled with scared, vulnerable dependent people.

    Yes…..hucksters arise to pseudo lead the unrepresented……like modern day medicine men……pity.

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