Silicon Valley Isn’t a Meritocracy. And It’s Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:09:00 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/11/silicon-valley-isnt-a-meritocracy-and-the-cult-of-the-entrepreneur-holds-people-back/>

"In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy,
egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley considers
itself to be exceptional. Supporters speak glowingly of a singularly
meritocratic environment where innovative entrepreneurs disrupt fusty old
industries and facilitate sweeping social change."

People like to believe in meritocracies. It's reassuring. But the underlying
assumption of equality of opportunity is rarely true. That's certainly what we
strive for, but acting as if we've already achieved it cheats all those people
for whom it isn't true.

Cheers,
*** Xanni ***

--
Andrew Pam
Partner, Glass Wings http://glasswings.com.au/

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