My Response To Dick Costolo: Twitter Must Lead Silicon Valley on Diversity

Vivek Wadhwa, Tech Crunch, October 6, 2013

Twitter has taken a lot of fire for having an all-male board, almost all-male management team, and all-male investor group. The root of this problem is arrogance and a “don’t-care” attitude. This was exemplified by a response by its CEO Dick Costolo to comments I made in a New York Times article—about Twitter’s gender imbalance. Instead of responding to the issue that was raised, he tweeted “Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources.” In follow-up conversations on Twitter, he continued to hit below the belt rather than address the problem.

Costolo isn’t alone in the way he responds to criticism about sexism. Here is the harsh reality: Silicon Valley is a boys’ club—a fraternity of the worst kind. It stacks the deck against women. It leaves out blacks and Hispanics. And it provides unfair advantage to an elite few who happen to be connected. Yes, it is also one of the most diverse places on this planet, where anyone can strike it big. But that opportunity only comes of learning the Valley’s rules of engagement and mastering them. Very few can.

In its IPO filing, Twitter, for the first time, revealed detailed information about its investors and operations. This brought to light its severe gender imbalance. This is tolerable of companies in their infancy that can’t easily pick and choose whom they take money from and whom they place on the board. But the rules change once companies grow up and become public entities. They have a responsibility to the people they are taking money from: the public.

What Twitter should have done in preparation for being a public company is to have it resemble the people they are going to be taking a billion dollars from—the people who are going to be making its executives and investors rich. This includes women as well as men, and blacks as well as whites. This is not only the right thing to do from a social perspective; it provides the best return to shareholders: companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperform those with the lowest by 53 percent. They have a 42 percent higher return on sales and 66 percent higher return on invested capital.

Getting beyond the IPO, Twitter is also doing itself—and its future owners—a big disservice by cutting itself off from the people who use its services and from which it derives all of its revenue. As the New York Times’s Clair Cain Miller noted in the article, “Having women executives matters not just for purposes of equality, business analysts say, but for product development and the bottom line. More women use social media than men, according to a study last month by the Pew Research Center; men and women use Twitter roughly equally. Twitter earns revenue from advertising and women are the chief consumers.”

What I had said to Miller was that elite arrogance of the Silicon Valley mafia, the Twitter mafia, is male chauvinistic thinking; how dare they think they could get away with this?

It isn’t that Twitter didn’t know that going public with such an imbalance would look bad for the company. I used the word “mafia” because there is an echo chamber in Silicon Valley that hears only itself and shows a disregard for the people whom it derives revenue and investment from.

It is time to change this. Twitter, and other technology companies in the echo chamber, must lead. It’s not enough for company executives to make donations or be advisers to groups such as Girls Who Code. They must take action and be the good example—just as Facebook did before its IPO. In addition to its COO, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook added University of California San Francisco Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann to its board.

Sandberg, with her book Lean In and the movement she has started, is also being proactive about fixing the gender gap and inspiring women to become engineers. She provides a good role model for the rest of the tech industry.

I am finalizing a crowd-created book, titled Innovating Women, that builds on Sandberg’s work. More than 500 women worked with journalist Farai Chideya and me on this project, which tells the stories of women who were excluded from the innovation economy but defied the odds and achieved success. Women share their lessons and provide motivation and inspiration for others. After researching the subject, I have realized that there is no shortage of great women who can lead organizations and be on boards. Women are at least as innovative as men are. They are more sensible. That is why I so vehemently argue that we should not leave them out—our economic growth depends on this.

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Editor’s Note: The following is a comment left at the original article:

Vivek’s claims imply that there are legions of highly skiiled and talented women and minorities out there just waiting to be hired.  If that is the case then Vivek can start a company with all that underutilized talent and make a fortune.

That he doesn’t implies that no such underutilized pool of talent exists.

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  • sbuffalonative

    Those who can’t do for themselves take from others. SBN

    Let the white man concieve of the idea, put his money and time into making it work, only to have non-whites scream, ‘it’s not fair!’

    • D.B. Cooper

      It’s spelled “conceive”. Don’t give “them” any type of excuse to bash us. “They” are the ones who make grammar and spelling errors. “They” didn’t bash your spelling yet because “they” thought you spelled it right.

      • cablegirls

        It’s punctuated: It’s spelled “conceive.”

        🙂

  • [Guest]

    The comment quoted in the Editor’s Note says it all. Perfect.

    • sbuffalonative

      That’s what the response should always be. ‘If you folks are a great pool of talent, hard work, and innovation, start your own business’.

      • [Guest]

        I agree. And I take the same view concerning nations.

      • cablegirls

        “Businesses.”

        🙂

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          I think there are plenty of studies who support it, companies with roughly equal amount of women in the top are more successful than companies without.

          Of course, the real question there is of the chicken and the egg.

          Are the successful because they have women in leading positions, or do they have women in leading positions because they are successful.
          Since large, successful companies are heavily targeted by the diversity mafia (now there is a more proper target for the term mafia) and as such has to put women in those positions so as not to risk a massive backlash from the powerful media.

          This very article is an excellent example of this. If Twitter obeys the diversity mafia and hires women, then they will be a large, successful company with women at the top.

          It’s easy to see which would have come first in this case……..

  • Vivek Wadhwa, a Desi, presumably, is complaining about the lack of “diversity” in Desi-heavy SV? Now there’s a laugh.

    If these “womyn” don’t like the lack of gender diversity in Twitter’s business operations, then maybe they should get their “womyn” folk from tweeting. low information undertow celebutard bilge and the black womyn among them from tweeting thug-friendly messages. That’ll teach ’em a lesson.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Lead the way, Vivek Wadhwa. Why do you need white guys to get it started for you?

    • sbuffalonative

      I’m going to go to a woman’s start-up company and demand they hire more men and make a man CEO. Oh, wait, there aren’t any (or very few) women built companies.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Yeah, this buffoon hails from Delhi, India, which, as we learned here recently, has one of the most deplorable records of treatment of women on earth. Yet he presumes to tell US how to run things.

      • They treat women quite well over there: they drench the push-starts with only the finest kerosene before lighting them up.

    • cablegirls

      Mr. Wadhwa has been enjoying much-improved relations with the ladies since taking up the cause. Well played, guy.

  • bigone4u

    “Editor’s Note: The following is a comment left at the original article:

    Vivek’s claims imply that there are legions of highly skiiled and talented women and minorities out there just waiting to be hired. If that is the case then Vivek can start a company with all that underutilized talent and make a fortune.

    That he doesn’t implies that no such underutilized pool of talent exists.”
    ________________________________________
    The commenter hit a home run. This is Economics 101 the way I taught it for 30 years. Now you have a bit of an idea why I was not welcome in DIVERSITY UNIVERSITY. BTW, Milton Friedman, the Nobel Winner, made this point constantly in his lectures and comments on affirmative action and racial quotas.

  • MekongDelta69

    Let’s see – straight, white males built, invented, founded, created, discovered 99% of everything worthwhile in the world – since the beginning of civilization…

    BUT

    We’re supposed to give it all away to every low IQ, government approved and sanctioned, minority “victim’s” grievance group of the month club in the name of ‘fairness.’

    Yeah, right

    • ncpride

      Yes. Your post pretty much sums up this article.

    • [Guest]

      Yes, and all that is happening in a majority-white nation. So, what’s wrong with white people? Do we have an altruism gene? a suicide gene? a self-debasement gene? a lick-the-boots-of-nonwhites gene? Something’s wrong somewhere.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Perhaps we’re gullible to a fault. We’ve been taught to share. We been taught compassion. We’ve also naively elected crooks to represent us to our detriment.

        • [Guest]

          As I see it, some of the best traits of white people are admirable only in relations BETWEEN white people. When dealing with the dark races, those admirable traits become stupid and dangerous.

          That’s part of why I no longer believe that the races can function together in society. The truth is that we can’t get along.

          Now, if only white people would see that … and act on it.

  • mgs166

    While I could not care less about Twitter, if a company wants to be the best it must hire the best. Whites are the best. All over the world non-Whites want what we have because we, with our intelligence and creativity, essentially are the modern world. Non-Whites hate us for that and always will. And, whether they realize it or not, their own words and actions confirm this absolute and universal truth. Wherever minorities are found in technology companies, they are always incredibly overrepresented. The same can be said with universities. Reading through the list of professors teaching engineering courses at just about any college is nauseating. Which, of course, leads to the assumption (especially by students) that these people are all geniuses and that their home countries are only hell-holes because of the heavy White hand of oppression kept pushing them down. I have a BS in Eng.Tech. and I recently returned to college to pursue a BSEE for a career change. The number of foreign-born professors has gone through the roof since I last attended the campus ten years prior. One almost needs a translator anymore to understand what the hell they are saying. It’s both disheartening and infuriating, especially considering how much tuition has increased during my ten year hiatus.

  • Spartacus

    “More women use social media than men, according to a study last
    month by the Pew Research Center; men and women use Twitter roughly
    equally. Twitter earns revenue from advertising and women are the chief
    consumers.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Maybe if they’d spend that time studying math instead of pressing every shiny “CLICK ME!!!” on the internet, there might be more of them in programming…

    • “More women use social media then men” — So more women than men should be Twitter execs.

      That’s like saying that since more blacks than whites put loud boomy expensive subwoofers in their cars, that blacks should be almost all the audio and design engineers of speaker companies.

      • bubo

        Women and minorities watch more TV, therefore the head of Samsung and Panasonic should be black women.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        Sounds like the male inventors of social media did a really good job of appealing to the desires of both sexes, which disproves yet another liberal myth – that idea that only a diverse workforce will win in the coming diversi-world.

      • Brian

        Wait, are you saying I can’t become a world-class chef simply by becoming the fattest person around?!

      • plaintruthforidiots

        “more… then”…

        It’s “MORE THAN” – another example of the destructive nature of ‘diversity’ (white genocide) is that stupid Americans now can’t even tell the difference between the words ‘than’, ‘then’ and ‘that’. Which is astounding.

  • bubo

    Vivek’s claims imply that there are legions of highly skiiled and talented women and minorities out there just waiting to be hired. If that is the case then Vivek can start a company with all that underutilized talent and make a fortune.

    That he doesn’t implies that no such underutilized pool of talent exists.

    Or it means that he wouldn’t actually hire them. I’ve read the same thing about video games. Blacks play more video games than whites so why aren’t there more blacks in the gaming industry? Because it takes hard work and brains.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    What this article says is white men’s role is to create industries then let ingrate darkies and women deny his brethren employment in those very same industries. Unemployed men do not get married to white women and father white children, which leads to “dieversity’s” true aim, the eventual extermination of all whites.

  • Truthseeker

    How many Twitter users know or care what sex or race the people who run Twitter are? Most people don’t give the slightest thought to the people who make their technology. This is just more pot-stirring to remind whites that they must always kowtow to minorities or face the consequences.

  • shmo123

    …”he continued to hit below the belt rather than address the problem.”

    Problem? What problem? If Twitter is a private company and is making money for its shareholders what’s the problem?

    Don’t get your sari in a twist Mr. Wadhwa. The only problem is little fascists like you running around looking for injustice where there is none.

  • bubo

    Blacks use twitter, a lot. More than anyone else I’d say. Posting inane thoughts about yourself to an audience is something that is made for the black mind.

  • APaige

    Funny how it is justified because they “take” money from people.

  • Luca

    “What Twitter should have done in preparation for being a public company is to have it resemble the people they are going to be taking a billion dollars from..”

    This is the problem, the attitude of these Marxists. No one is taking money from anyone. The money is freely given because the people are voting with their consumer dollars. If they don’t like a company’s hiring practices they can not buy from that company.

    Using this idiot’s logic, the NBA players should be about 90% white because that is who’s buying the expensive tickets to watch them play.

    • So does this mean Twitter’s managers and employees should resemble the kind of people who will soon buy shares in Twitter Inc.?

      Well, I guess Shitavious can tear up the job application at Twitter he’s trying to fill out but can’t finish because he can’t read.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Wow, so many possible responses. Where to start?

    First of all, I note that the fatuous Mr. Wadhwa whines about “below the belt” responses to his criticisms, and then calls those who disagree with him “mafia.” What a hypocrite.

    It [Silicon Valley] stacks the deck against women. It leaves out blacks and Hispanics.

    Spare me the histrionics. Computers don’t care if you’re female, black or hispanic. They offer no preferences. At the same time, they are merciless in demanding precision and are notoriously immune to guilt tripping over “racism,” discrimination,” “disparate impact” and the like. If you don’t do things their way, they stubbornly refuse to operate.

    Nevertheless, they hold tremendous opportunity for those who have the diligence and smarts to make them work. A couple of guys can start a multi-million dollar company out of their garage. A lone coder can write a piece of software that will revolutionize the world (like Twitter). The only thing it takes are guts, determination, and most of all, intelligence.

    Silicon Valley is not a “boy’s club;” it’s a smarts club.

  • IKantunderstand

    First of all, let me say, that I have gotten to the point where I can barely look at the name of the person who writes articles anymore. What the hell is a Vivek Wadhwa? And, who cares? I’m trying to calm myself down. God forbid I should engage in a paragraphless rant. Is that a word? Is Vivek a real name in my country originally founded by Johns and Marys? This country is supposed to be the land of opportunity! And it is! Quit sniveling about not being included in the “Boys Club”, if you women and Blacks, and Browns are so damn smart, START your own companies. You have a problem with Twitter, don’t use it! Hey, while you are at it, how about you don’t use ANY technology at all! I mean after all, it was ALL invented by White men! OOH, was Thomas Edison castigated because there were no women involved? Were the Wright brothers in trouble because there were no Wright sistas? Our newest immigrant whiner/complainers, while completely incapable of developing any kind of a successful home country, decided it would be much easier to become a parasite in an already established White country. Well, we are running out of Whites. We are running out of White countries. NO non-White country in this world is a magnet for failed, ignorant, backwards beings. Think about it, why is it that only our successful White countries, are being overwhelmed by complete idiots? Idiots who are from countries that have totally failed? What, do you suppose is the common denominator of all the failed countries on this entire Earth?

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      His last name reminds me of “Wah, wah!” which is what a baby does when it cries.

      • cablegirls

        You’ve enriched my evening reading immeasurably.

    • cablegirls

      IKantunderstand: Well, it turned into a paragraphless rant, after all. You’re all over the place!

    • [Guest]

      >>>Hey, while you are at it, how about you don’t use ANY technology at all! I mean after all, it was ALL invented by White men!

      I’ve often had similar thoughts, especially concerning proud blacks. Why don’t they live authentically black—nothing but black inventions, black innovations, black methods? No more living in houses with plumbing and electricity. No more automobiles. No more computers, televisions, and cell phones. No more supermarkets. No more medical attention except that provided by witch doctors. No more white tax dollars. No more benefits of living in a civilized nation created by civilized white people.

      If they’re black, they should live like blacks.

      • IKantunderstand

        Guest- You totally get my point. I have the feeling that you are non- White.In fact, I surmise you are Black. And smart. Talk to me.

    • Brian

      ‘What the hell is a Vivek Wadhwa?’ Now I have coffee on my screen. Well played sir.

  • The Final Solution

    Silicon Valley – providing fair advantage to intelligent, innovative, and ambitious whites. At least that’s how it began….

  • The Final Solution

    This is the comment I posted on Yahoo! about this a few days ago:

    who cares?? obviously women either aren’t interested or aren’t qualified. enough of this social engineering. not everything that results in a lack of women or minorities was created deliberately to exclude them. instead of whining and crying, why doesn’t a woman create the next twitter? i guess that would be too much hard work.

  • Steven Bannister

    The author asserts that “companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperform those with the lowest by 53 percent. They have a 42 percent higher return on sales and 66 percent higher return on invested capital.”

    Maybe that’s true – but why? Is it REALLY because the female board directors are delivering some kind of contribution that male director’s can’t? I doubt it. It’s more likely that the companies with the “highest percentage of women board directors” are also the BIGGEST companies in general. They are Fortune 500 companies that HAVE ALREADY MADE IT and then began putting women on their boards out of public image and “diversity” concerns.

    It’s the small startups – where lone men struggle in the trenches with no guarantee of success- that have the least amount of “diversity.” It’s only AFTER they succeed, that all the women and racial minorities want to hitch a ride on their rising star….

    • Brian

      Also, the types of companies that have lots of female execs are not the same as those that have mostly men. Why is this tool trying to compare the profits of a cosmetics company vs. auto parts?

  • Another thing about the CSIT nitty-gritty jobs that are a turnoff to women: The mission oriented always on the clock nature of the work.

    A lot of women in the tech industry are in non-nitty gritty jobs in tech firms.

  • JohnEngelman

    companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperform those with the lowest by 53 percent. They have a 42 percent higher return on sales and 66 percent higher return on invested capital.

    – Vivek Wadhwa, Tech Crunch, October 6, 2013

    Where is there any evidence that high tech companies that hire more blacks and Hispanics out perform high tech companies that hire fewer?

    Also, I am skeptical of Vivek Wadwa’s assertion. It is not documented.

    The high tech field is far too competitive for any company to exclude people on any ground other than insufficient talent.

  • ViktorNN

    Don’t take Wadhwa’s arguments at face value. He’s not being honest. He’s not worried about “diversity” – he’s interested in getting more of his own in power, and less of us. Period.

    There has been a not so subtle trend of Indian pundits in the leftist media attacking white men in Silicon Valley for being, well, white. There isn’t really any other way to understand it – they think Silicon Valley is too white, they think the presence of whites in Silicon Valley is oppressive to non-whites, and they want Silicon Valley to be less white.

    This is straight up about bashing white men and trying to take more power for non-whites – Indians first and foremost. Just look up the activities of Indian anti-white racist activists like Vivek Wadwha, Anil Dash, and Natasha Tiku. They are pro-Indian activists who are racists and who hate white people.

    The only thing surprising about this is that any white people are taking these blatantly pro-Indian criticisms seriously.

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      Very well said.

  • bigone4u

    Since I’m relatively new to race realism myself, I can’t answer your questions with authority. I’m a student like you when it comes to HBD and a variety of other topics that show up on amren that are new to me.

    I taught mostly a sophomore survey of economics, which stayed within the boundaries of mainstream thought. I was forced into thinking about race/ethnicity when the university’s Mexican president started bringing in large numbers of low IQ unqualified Mexican students in the name of diversity. I always thought that eugenics was Hitler’s aryan superman and nothing more until I was faced with 300 students, maybe half of whom could do college work. You might pose your questions on Steve Sailer’s vdare website. Sailer knows much more than I do.

    As to your profs, most of them are going to be what I was for most of my career, which is pretty much conventional in their thinking. To my credit, I did challenge most of the PC nonsense, but I never had a coherent theory to tie together the nonsense of feminism and cultural Marxism, so as to refute it. Like I said, I’m still a student just like you.

  • leftists are delusional

    Twitter does not have the right religion to prevent these attacks from the tribe.

  • Larry Klein

    “Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources”

    Unless he is recommending massive increases in guest workers. In that case he’s an unquestioned expert. Guest worker programs have not coincidentally enhanced the very sexism Vivek is wailing about. If the open borders advocates had to stand on the merits of their arguments, as opposed to Adelson dollars, they would be completely bankrupt.

  • Katherine McChesney

    We are a morally loose race. We’ve been brain-washed to behave like blacks when it comes to marriage and having children. The 60’s marked the downfall of American Whites. John Lennon said it himself. Tavistock sent the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to America to destroy the morals of Whites in America. Jew/CIA designed the feminist movement to destroy White Christian morals. Of course, there was the Snivel Right Movement.

  • Bleakvision

    Lefties are unable to take somebody else’s perspective. In pretty much every field.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      That is one of the hallmarks of a psychopath, and left-wing ideologies are psychopathy put into practice against a captive population.

  • gemjunior

    Wow. Silicon Valley “stacks the deck”? I guess no that they are gonna start “leveling the playing field” with all sorts of AA hires based on gender and skin color, all that unfairness will be made fair. What a stupid, backward, completely contradictory idea that has got us into this mess we are in. Let’s see what happens to these stupid companies in Silicon Valley after a few years of affirmative action.

  • When I was single, I never messed with married women. Anyone who will cheat with you will also cheat ON YOU.

  • john boggs

    Sorry to digress, but I’ve been lurking on AmRen for what seems like 3 or 4 years, and as I was lurking tonight it struck me that there seemed to be a lot of names that I haven’t noticed before. Has anyone else noticed an increase in participation? I’m getting the general feeling that more people are climbing onboard. Is it just wishful thinking?

    • It’s Disqus. People who are signed up with Disqus or another Disqus-compatible social media presence have their comments appear right away. This encourages participation.