Not pale, male and under 30? Forget about a job in Silicon Valley

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Not pale, male and under 30? Forget about a job in Silicon Valley

Big tech is, to say the least, not an inclusive environment - but that may be about to change

James Titcomb and Hasan Chowdhury

When Robin Wolaner left media giant Time Warner to join the internet publisher Cnet in 1997, she went from being one of the youngest people in the room to the oldest. Cnet was one of the first internet companies, having been started by a group of men in their 20s, and Wolaner had been brought on to help bring it to profitability.

Before the dotcom crash, she says, this was normal: Silicon Valley investors would often demand that experienced heads be brought in to replace or mentor a company’s unproven founder.

“I had just turned 40 and at Time Warner I was a Young Turk, but as soon as I moved to Cnet I was seasoned management,” Wolaner says. “In those days it was welcomed.”..

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