Silicon Valley Diversity Debate: Arrington vs. Wadwha #blackinamerica
On October 27, writer/VC Michael Arrington got into a twitter fight with academic Vivek Wadwha over the issue of diversity in Silicon Valley Venture Capital funding. The Tweets below give an overview of the discussion.
- On the night of October 27, hundreds of people had gathered in NYC to watch a preview of the Black in America: Silicon Valley. A member of the audience tweeted the following during the panel discussion.
- — lyneka little (@lyneka)Wed, Oct 26 2011 16:05:13
- — Anil Dash (@anildash)Wed, Oct 26 2011 17:20:51I engage with you in these conversations, @arrington because you'll be a terrific advocate for women/minorities in tech once you do hear us.
- — Anil Dash (@anildash)Wed, Oct 26 2011 16:58:31
- — Anil Dash (@anildash)Wed, Oct 26 2011 16:55:45@arrington prominent female founders whom you & I both know have told me about VCs responding to their pitches with propositions. Regularly.
- But where were the minority startup founders? Kalimah Priforce, founder of the education startup Qeyno, quickly jumped into the conversation as well. Check out a pitch about his startup below.
- — Kalimah Priforce (@kapriforce)Wed, Oct 26 2011 17:12:15
- — Kalimah Priforce (@kapriforce)Wed, Oct 26 2011 17:13:11@jilldruschke My integrity won't accept money from half-assed VCs/angels who want me to shut up and go away and fill a quota.
- — Kalimah Priforce (@kapriforce)Wed, Oct 26 2011 17:16:46@arrington Witch-hunting solves nothing. I'm against it. It's about who will step out of their motherf'cking comfort zone.
- — Kalimah Priforce (@kapriforce)Wed, Oct 26 2011 17:05:54@arrington I DO NOT wanted to get funded because I'm Black. I want VCs/Angels to embrace something different/unknown/new.
- — Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa)Wed, Oct 26 2011 16:46:41
- — Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa)Wed, Oct 26 2011 17:25:39@arrington This started because you challenged what I said in the CNN documentary about racism that I had experienced. Don't make up garbage
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