We know gaming culture is male-dominated and rampant with sexism. We also know there is a scientific connection between video games and rape culture, and that the oversexualized, unrealistic portrayal of female bodies can cause women to internalize "blame the victim" myths.
Now is the time to look back over the past year and think, "Man, we did really well!" Such it is with the infinite end-of-year lists, as well as the companies and industries pointing out their record numbers or how much they've improved.
A few months ago I was catching up with my mentor, an experienced entrepreneur. I love getting together with other founders, especially those a few years ahead of me. It’s not unusual for me to walk away from such meetings convinced we should try something completely new with our startup, or reverse a previous decision. You’d have to ask my co-founder/CTO Paul which is more annoying.
At Quartz yesterday, Christopher Mims wrote, "All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it — Silicon Valley." The knee-jerk reaction from many of our readers will be something along the lines of, "What sort of crack is this East Coast writer smoking?" But there's a lot of validity to Mims' argument, so let's take it step by step.
How many of your cherished memories, and even important work documents, only exist online? Taken together, photo and video sharing sites, blogging and microblogging sites, as well as social media, have formed an online space that has changed the way people share information. But how much of the work we do, or the memories we have captured, will still be there in a few years?
This all-new Valleywag was conceived during the Occupy protests, when Gawker’s editors discovered that stories about a class war were just catnip for pageviews. And most of the Wall Streeters were mere millionaires -- just imagine how much Gawker's hipster readers would hate billionaires. Or billionaire nerds!
When you google startup Stitch Fix, you'll come across the requisite TechCrunch, AllThingsD and Pando articles. It is, after all, a company backed by the likes of Benchmark, with none other than Bill Gurley on its board.
Now that the eggnog is all drunk and the presents opened, New Years Eve is just a stones throw away. It’s been an eventful year, but if you participated in the bitcoin ecosystem to any meaningful level, your year has likely been wilder than most. As we put 2013 in the books, there’s another, slightly less beloved “holiday” creeping up on us: tax day. For bitcoin aficionados it’s bound to be a particularly nerve wracking and potentially maddening time of year.
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