Brotopia by Emily Chang


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...

Details Brotopia

Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Business, Feminism, Science, Technology

Reviews Brotopia

  • Vlad
    I know how tricky it can be for a white, straight cis-dude to write anything negative about a book like this. I feel that my identity will be held against me, and my review discounted as a result, but I’m going to share a review 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 a...
  • Amy Young
    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...
  • Diego
    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...
  • Anat Knot
    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...
  • Shauna
    This was really interesting. While many of us are all aware of sexism (in general and in tech), I learned a lot I didn't know, like how the first few tech companies got started and how the culture at those companies rippled throughout Silicon Valley. And that even good intentions, like Google's commitment to hiring women from the start, don't always go well because it can be hard to maintain those numbers when a business starts growing rapidly. I...
  • Mark Miano
    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
    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
    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...
  • Maddie
    This was a good book about the ways sexism runs rampant in the tech world. I don't think it broke any major new ground, but it was certainly an interesting overview of all the ways women are missing out on enormous opportunities for wealth and satisfying careers. It had many specific anecdotes from the author's deep connections in the tech world. I'd recommend it to people who are sitting around thinking "boy, it sure would be a lot easier to be ...
  • Beth Newhart
    I'd hand out copies of this to everyone I know if I could. The groundbreaking books I've read by journalists lately are really setting my reading standards high and I LOVE it. Emily Chang spent years writing this book and it shows through every page. The stories she uncovers and facts she shares are wild and the overarching message of severe gender inequality is wildly important. I wish she went a little further beyond "women in Silicon Valley" a...
  • Dav
    This is probably the most important book ever written about Silicon Valley. It's also very well written and very much a part of the current zeitgeist.
  • Bookworm
    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...
  • Marks54
    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...
  • Madeline
    Let me start by saying that I am a woman entering the technology industry and I have been explicitly told that I do not belong. By friends, by relatives, by teammates, by coworkers, by strangers. I have witnessed and heard about my peers (other young women in tech) being harassed, assaulted, and discouraged from entering this field and by teaching assistants, instructors, managers, and advisers. This issue matters, and I talk about it a lot, and ...
  • Alok Talekar
    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.
  • Briana
    Initial Thoughts: Raises some serious points but sometimes undermines them by going on speculative tangents. Also walks a line between providing evidence for claims and coming across as a salacious tell-all that wants to name names and gossip about shocking acts by specific people.
  • Hina
    On the surface, this is a compelling book that sheds light on one of the biggest social issues of our time and attempts to dissect what the root of the problem is. But if you think about the arguments presented in a little more depth, many of the claims don’t seem to hold up.I first read about this book when Vanity Fair published part of the chapter on sex parties. At first, it seemed like this book was going to blow the lid off Silicon Valley...
  • Julian Dunn
    Emily Chang's Brotopia is a deeply-reported indictment of the tech industry's "bro culture". As a professional journalist, Chang is both incisive but fair, giving credit where credit is due, while letting the evidence speak for itself, resulting in essentially a book-length indictment of the tech industry for sexism, ageism, racism, and many other behaviors intended to prolong the dominance of the young, white man as power brokers.Brotopia traces...
  • Sunrise
    55% = 3StarOkay, a book about bro-culture, or majority male environments in the workplace. This was a book I picked up on the fly, not knowing much about it. *Spoilers*This book gives examples of women being the initial computer programmers in the 60s until profiling for that career field was geared toward antisocial personalities, which were more likely to be male, and a few years later, the male nerd/geek became a thing. Neat to read about. Emi...
  • Laura Berendts
    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...
  • Allegra Poschmann
    This book was a great read. It helped me reflect on so many aspects of the last 8 years of my life that I've spent working with startups and in tech. Moreover, it shed some light on some of the unknown backstories behind some of the world's largest and most influential organizations. For example, I had never heard of Susan Wojcicki – which now seems crazy given her level of contribution to Google. This book reinforces how women have been writte...
  • Sarah Ellis
    I struggled to read this book because I found it sad to see how little progress we’ve made. I had to take a break midway through reading, but I’m glad that I stuck with it. The book isn’t perfect, it only skims the surface of the issues and doesn’t discuss ageism or racism as much as it could. Putting those criticisms aside the strength of the book is that it got me thinking about my experiences differently and the book is a great startin...
  • Ryan Lackey
    Worth a read, and has a lot of interesting information from interviews, but also had a pre-existing agenda and is unsupported (and I think wrong) on a good number of points.The biggest problem I have with this book is repeatedly conflating "generic bad Silicon Valley management" with sexism. Companies which double in size every year often have these problems. They seem worse in companies which are sitting on "money faucets" to the point where the...
  • Greg Kopstein
    This book was a groundbreaking and deeply researched expose and discussion about the “bro culture” of Silicon Valley. Each narrative was backed by statistics and analysis that was impressive and academically driven. From a sociological perspective, this was a gold mine of facts, statistics, AND personal narratives, but as a member of a tech-driven consumer world, it was eye opening to see how deep the problem was.Emily Chang did her homework ...
  • Zhang Tao
    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...
  • John
    A must read for anyone in tech. Some niggling problems hold it back from 5 stars. It’s not the best book that could ever be on the diversity problems in tech, but it’s the best we’ve got now.If you need a broad ranging overview of where the industry is now on diversity (and where it’s been) this will catch you up.As a guy, it was a bit tough to read at first. Reading kind of felt like taking a cold shower, not because any individual point...
  • Jessica Gartner
    I think this is an important book for many people to read, but as a female founder in tech, a lot of it just hits too close to home. The stories are so overwhelmingly gross and depressing that it felt borderline abusive to read this. Others might find it cathartic, but I had to take a lot of breaks while reading it. If you’re not in the industry and you want to better understand what all the fuss is about re: women in tech, this is a good wake ...
  • Carly
    I think this book is an important one for every person who touches tech to read— it’s eye opening and at a minimum, reading it leaves you unable to say “wow, I had no idea this was happening.” However, while each chapter was interesting, I was left feeling a little unclear about what to do with this information. Chapters on Google (Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandburg, Susan Wojcicki) left me feeling inspired while chapters on cuddle puddles an...
  • Kayla
    Hands down one of my favorite books this year. I think it does a great job at being a high-level collection of what's happened and what's going on. I also like that she talks about a few of the things that have been done well to show it's not impossible to fix. I think this would be a great read for anyone in a position of making hiring choices (really in any industry but especially tech) but still a great read for anyone who may be passively con...
  • Alexis
    This isn't new information if you've been reading the news, but Chang puts it together well. She starts with how we've built the bro stereotype of coding--that it's innate, that boys are better at it, and that we've kept women out. And from there she examines how companies either recruit or fail to recruit women, the myth of meritocracy in Silicon Valley, and the toxic culture in tech and venture capital. There are a lot of interviews with women ...