Brotopia by Emily Chang

Brotopia

Instant National Bestseller"Excellent." --San Francisco Chronicle"Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next." --New York TimesSilicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman.For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lol...


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TitleBrotopia
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherPortfolio
GenreNonfiction, Business, Feminism, Science, Technology
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Reviews Brotopia

  • Vlad
    2018-02-14
    Look, I know how dangerous it is for a white, straight cis-dude to write anything negative about a book like this. It’s almost stupid to try, but I’m going to do it anyway.This book is a missed opportunity. So much hype for it. So much interest in it. But so little promise fulfilled.A big problem with the book is that there’s almost nothing in it you can’t find in many of the articles and reporting of the #metoo movement. The section abou...
  • Diego
    2018-02-26
    This is a well written book. You can tell Emily uses her Bloomberg speaking skills and translates them on paper about an important discussion about the lack of women in technology; this specifically in Silicon Valley. There are reasons for that and it’s the bro environment. Some CEOs and venture capitalists sound like utter douchbags who need punched in the face. They just don’t know how to act. Women are the future of technology; they are ne...
  • Amy Young
    2018-03-11
    It sucks that the really long review I originally wrote was deleted, but I care about voicing this opinion SO MUCH that I'm willing to give it another go ... Like other readers expecting an in-depth, revelatory historiography on the tech industry and how it has come to tolerate the behavior that it does, this book is instead a collection of Silicon Valley's most offensive hits, slap-dashed together without more than a cursory/ surface exploration...
  • Anat Knot
    2018-02-12
    I had high hopes for this book to be the book that addresses the gender biases in tech and the workplace. I was really hoping that a journalist at Bloomberg could shed some serious light on this timely issue. Instead I found the book to be poorly research and one that mostly read like Page-Six, name dropping and exaggerated story telling. Perhaps she is planning to go work at TMZ. One sentence on page 166 (yes I read the whole book) captures it a...
  • Mark Miano
    2018-03-20
    BROTOPIA: BREAKING UP THE BOYS’ CLUB OF SILICON VALLEY popped onto my reading radar while speaking with a former colleague about her experiences going to B-school (Stanford) and working at a prominent tech firm (Salesforce) in Silicon Valley. My friend’s graduate school project involved collecting and analyzing data about the gender disparity in the tech world. Her research was the basis for a recent cover article in Atlantic Monthly and rece...
  • Kimberly
    2018-03-09
    I couldn't get enough of this book. You don't need to be someone who works in Silicon Valley or identify as female to appreciate this book. As someone who works on the fringe of this world and with many of these companies (and the women & men of Silicon Valley) I found the history lesson incredibly valuable. I appreciated Chang's artful mix of data, anecdote, and interview to paint an informed picture of who, why, what, & how. So, much of the nar...
  • Holly Brown
    2018-02-13
    This book is well-researched and well-considered. While Silicon Valley has been impacted by #metoo, with some powerful men stepping down from their companies, it's not enough just to think in terms of a few bad apples; the entire culture could use a reboot when it comes to gender relations, equality, and the broadening of the talent pool. It's been shown that diverse teams produce better products (for more on this, I'd recommend another book I ju...
  • Alok Talekar
    2018-02-18
    I wish this book was less biased and more researched - it seemed like emily just wanted to make money off of metoo and wave of feminism. Lots of highly cherrypicked incidents. It is surprising that she doesn't bring up bloomberg culture.
  • Marks54
    2018-02-24
    This is a book by a journalist associated with Bloomberg Technology that provides an update on gender issues in the technology sector - in particular why tech has been and remains a lousy place for women and what can be done about it. It is sometimes difficult to rate an effort like this, since most if not all of what is included has been covered elsewhere - and the stories recounted here have been well covered. It is certainly a good time to pro...
  • Laura Berendts
    2018-02-11
    I picked up this book knowing very little of the tech world besides the fact that my boyfriend is a software developer, so I hear bits and pieces of the day-to-day working in such a male dominated field. Brotopia provides some background on what led to such a gender imbalance in the industry at large and then delves into specifics on some of the biggest players in Silicon Valley and what they have (or haven't) done to address the issue. Author Ch...
  • Zhang Tao
    2018-03-11
    The author mentioned this book was the product of >200 interviews, it certainly read like that. It covers many important issues, which was covered by #metoo movement, but the book itself was a missed opportunity because it did not offer any insight for anyone who has been closely following those issues. 2 of my biggest issues with this book: 1) most issues in this book, real and very important, is not unique to silicon valley. I would rather pref...
  • Nicole Burstein
    2018-03-13
    A fantastic listen via audible. Obviously rather depressing in places - seriously, the world of the tech bros sounds hideous - but oddly inspiring too. I have hope that it will all get better, and I think Emily Chang does too. And even if you’re not interested in the goings on in Silicon Valley, so much of this world impacts what we do every day, especially on the internet. Well worth a listen, and well worth using it to examine your own work p...
  • Hanson Ho
    2018-03-16
    Well researched, especially about the history of the industry with respect to how well women are represented. It separates itself from other pieces on the same subject by describing a path forward for tech to become more inclusive. Worth your time if you care at all about the topic.
  • Nicola
    2018-03-15
    This was a painfully real read. But a must-read for every man and women in tech.
  • Jie Zhu
    2018-03-21
    My effing life...
  • Lydia
    2018-03-04
    This is a serviceably written (although very obviously journalist-penned) book that's not so much about breaking up the club as it is explaining how it came to be and how vile it is. I felt like I already knew about most of the reported incidents in the book, which made me wonder who the target audience was - the lack of new information or compelling writing means I wouldn't recommend it to any other all-too-well-aware women in technology like my...
  • Danielle
    2018-02-20
    a great book!I always enjoy a good book (especially on feminism) that makes me form my own opinions on what it means. And truly an interesting read on the current feminist movement and how the tech industry has done everything it can to keep the "douchery" pre-feminist world at bay. Certainly will make lose a bit of respect (if you had any) on the tech industry "rockstars" like Elon Musk, Zuckerberg etc. but will also give great heroes such as Sa...
  • Isaac Lambert-lin
    2018-02-23
    Working in tech in SF, this was an insightful read to understand, more deeply, the unique challenges women face in the industry. Getting perspectives from the PayPal mafia, Google’s strong foundation (but expansion issues), secret sex parties, and the vicious pipeline cycles gives me more human context. It’s hard for a story like this to be extremely data driven, especially when the facts are so salacious. Well written, but casual, I feel lik...
  • Stella
    2018-03-18
    Given that the promotion leading up to the book focused largely on sex parties, I wasn't sure if the book would offer much more than some raunchy scandals.However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book covers a lot of ground, stretching from the early days of computing, the eighties and nineties, the Paypal mafia, Google's influence on hiring practices, venture capitalists and founders, and much more. Emily Chang has done a great job b...
  • Bookworm
    2018-03-19
    A timely book about the sexism and misogyny that is unfortunately a prominent issue in the Silicon Valley and how it has hindered advancement (for women, for companies, for the entire industry). Examining everything from hiring practices to harassment to even some of the really zany stories such as sex parties Chang looks at how women in SV and surrounding culture have handled the issue and how it has affected them.I have to agree with a lot of t...
  • Ubersmaug
    2018-03-25
    Well, that was depressing. This book was good but holy crap. Covering everything from the origins of sexism in tech to the PayPal Mafia to "meritocracy" to tech's non-compatibility with raising a family (did you know that Apple's new billion dollar campus doesn't have a daycare center? It's got a 2 story yoga room but no daycare center) this book laid out no particular reason whatsoever for me to encourage my daughter to go work in Silicon Valley...
  • CSpoon
    2018-02-25
    Emily Chang’s view into the professional climate in Silicon Valley is an eye-opening one. For those outside of the industry, it is an education on the history of computer programming (and women’s role in it), as well as bold reporting of tales of misconduct that have previously only been well-known to industry insiders. Her vivid depictions of “bro culture” are shocking for professional workplaces and seem no more evolved than collegiate ...
  • Will Weaver
    2018-02-21
    Just getting going in this book, but so far so good (60 pages). It's well written with tight paragraphs and smooth-flowing prose. Ms. Chang seems to be a historian at heart, and the early chapters give a clear lead-in to the development of the very male culture in Silicon Valley. Rhetorically (sorry, I taught writing for many years) the book is logical argumentation. She marshals evidence for "how it happened," for example, the commonly accepted ...
  • Dian
    2018-03-25
    I REALLY wanted to like this book. This is a topic I care a lot about. I called out the CEO of my company at all hands for not having enough women on the leadership team. I read in my neighborhood blog that Emily Chang is a neighbor. She seems rad. I want to be friends with her. But even still...I had hoped this book would capture what it felt like to be woman working in tech in SV and why women are treated the way they are. It felt like that Emi...
  • Jason
    2018-03-09
    This was a thoroughly enjoyable read about the toxic workplace environment women face in Silicon Valley tech. And though Chang is sometimes guilty of making speculative conjectures to support her narrative, this does not detract from the importance of her project of calling attention to an insidiously widespread "bro" problem among the powerhouses of Silicon Valley. That said, it would be unfortunate if critics of Chang's thesis exploit these con...
  • Jaana Metsamaa
    2018-02-21
    This books is difficult to rate. On one side you rate the writing. Emily Chang is a first time author so there are things that might have done differently or “better”. In places, it is too fully packed with facts and retelling of events where it could have concentrated more on deeper analysis and expressing her own thoughts. Considering the book, I can understand the overcorrection of having a lot of arguments to back statements.On the other ...
  • Sarah
    2018-03-23
    I am a smarter human now! This book is a compelling (and tragic) look at how recruiters and marketing ruined the tech industry, starting with their false assumption that antisocial and awkward were somehow required qualities to be good at tech. The rise of the concept of geeky genius (Revenge of the Nerds, Weird Science) meant that women were PASSED OVER for tech positions because they were too socialized! Then, the numbers of women in tech dropp...
  • Cait Finnigan
    2018-03-16
    I came of age in Silicon Valley. As the daughter of a tech executive I have met many of the people quoted within these pages, and know of most by reputation or personal anecdote. When I moved home from college, I jumped into the man’s world of tech sales and after only a year and a half I NEEDED out. Thankfully I moved into an amazing career in marketing (still at tech companies). All that is to say that while I am not one of the brave women pu...
  • Rob Enderle
    2018-02-15
    If I could give 10 stars I would. One of the best referenced well told storied I've ever read. I think everyone that works, invests, and buys tech should read this. I also think the book forecasts a Silicon Valley purge that is coming and that would be devastating to the industry and country. The level of sexual abuse and harassment the book covers is unparalleled likely since slavery was legal in the US. In fact, it would be hard to argue that m...
  • Sumit
    2018-03-24
    A very important look at the rampant sexism in Silicon Valley and in the tech industry at large, from founders, VC, and LPs to managers and peers. In a gripping narrative (it's no surprise Chang is an award-winning journalist for Bloomberg), the author showcases the many ways in which the deck is stacked against women in tech, and how it's far more than "just a pipeline problem" (a common excuse amongst those who don't wish to address these issue...