by April Glaser
Originally published: December 7, 2017
Men at the top are falling, from Bill O’Reilly to Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein to Rep. John Conyers. We can count among them Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber, who once nicknamed the ride-hailing company “Boober” because of the attention from women his position apparently attracted. Just as in Hollywood and the media, men in the technology industry who either presided over inappropriate workplace cultures or who themselves have been accused of sexual misconduct are being called to account.
Yet while the media and entertainment industries are producing a flood of remarkable stories about sexual assault, rape, and harassment, the fallout in the tech industry has been markedly slower. Yes, some prominent executives have stepped down for inappropriate behavior, like Dave McClure of 500 Startups and Robert Scoble, the famed Microsoft blogger. Both were accused by women of sexual misconduct or making unwanted advances. But you have to wonder why at the most powerful and monied companies in the world, where men overwhelmingly dominate technical and executive roles and where sexism has long been recognized as an industrywide problem, so few stories have surfaced.