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Companies so eager to only hire senior people often forget that unlearning what doesn't apply can take longer than learning what does.


It's the worst of times and the best of times in tech right now. Big tech and a horde of zombie unicorns, backed by vulture capital, are spoiling our internet, stealing our data, and robbing their workers. But there's finally a seed of hope in the awareness that's growing.


Whenever I hear that the average employee turn-over in technology is two years, I wonder how anyone gets anything done.


Companies describing workers getting a better offer as "poaching" reveal exactly what they think: Employees are animals. THEIR animals.


There's never been a better or more prosperous time in tech to allow employees the freedom to follow their conscience. You absolutely do not have to work for the surveillance state, programming censorship apparatus, or writing defensive press releases to find employment.


The banality of evil is on fine display amongst most Big Tech workers. It’s not like we set the strategy! We just make the trains run on time! It can’t be our responsibility to consider where those trains are headed.


Defining the Real Startup as one that has hockey-stick growth out the gate, raises lots of money, forces people to work 80-100h weeks is the same gate-keeping bullshit that casts ideal founders as 20-something white hoodie nerds or Real Programmers as CS grads.


It’s a good thing Big Tech salaries are what they are. It’s probably a lot easier to drown the existential dread that is working for these companies with expensive champagne than with cheap beer. BUT I JUST WORK HERE soothes better when drunk in either case.


Maybe if more men rejected the virtue of being married to the job, we’d also have fewer predators expecting sexual favors from it.


Codes of Conduct aren’t just there to protect marginalized groups but also to make the working atmosphere enjoyable for everyone else.


The problem with inequality in the U.S. isn't that tech workers should be brought down, but that everyone else should be brought up.

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