Twitter CEO In Hot Water for Dissing Female Techies

Twitter filed for IPO last week, which means that its list of board members, executive officers, and investors was released to the public. The only woman on board was general council member Vijaya Gadde, who has had the job for a mere five weeks.

Vivek Wadhwa, who is writing a book on women in tech said, “This is the elite arrogance of the Silicon Valley mafia, the Twitter mafia … it’s the same male chauvinistic thinking. The fact that they went to the IPO without a single woman on the board, how dare they?”


So Twitter CEO Dick Costolo did what any man hoisted on his own chauvinistic petard would do -- ignore the complaint and insult the complainer. He tweeted in response to the critique: “Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources.”

Well that’s productive. Not.

I refuse to believe that there aren’t enough women in the technological field to account for this discrepancy. Especially considering that more females use Twitter than males.

You’d think that execs at Twitter would be more conscious to public opinion about gender equality in a typically male-dominated field before disclosing their sausage-fest roster. You’d think that when called out for it, they’d have something more intelligent to say than your opinion matters as much as Carrot Top’s.

I guess not.

Do you think this is insulting to women in the tech community?

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