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Ellen Pao and the Myth of Meritocracy

Mar 27, 2015 by Kapor Capital

Ellen Pao may have just slayed a dragon after all.

Although the jury decided in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Pao’s courageous fight has publicly exposed the pervasive culture of bias that suffuses Silicon Valley.

Even before a verdict was announced in the court of law, the court of public opinion had come to its own decision. The real defeat here is the myth that permeates tech: the notion that Silicon Valley operates as a meritocracy…

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Freada Kapor Klein, Parter at Kapor Capital and Founder of the Level Playing Field Institute

Freada Kapor Klein, Parter at Kapor Capital and Founder of the Level Playing Field Institute