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  • Published: 5 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525540175
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $36.99

Brotopia

Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley



For women in tech, Silicon Valley is a "Brotopia" where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties. While #MeToo and #TimesUp have upended Hollywood, Washington, and beyond, we must take a deeper look into Silicon Valley, which has the power to transform our lives and future more than any other industry.

Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil! Connect the World!)--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.

Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers to pave the way for other women.

Silicon Valley's aggressive and misogynistic culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It's time to break up the boys' club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

Instant National Bestseller

A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Pick

"Excellent." —San Francisco Chronicle

Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman.

It's time to break up the boys' club. Incisive, powerful, and a fierce rallying cry, Emily Chang shows us how to fix Silicon Valley’s toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops for women in tech. Instead, it’s a "Brotopia," where men hold the cards and make the rules. While millions of dollars may seem to grow on trees in this land of innovation, tech’s aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world.

Brotopia reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures even as its companies claim the moral high ground, and how women are speaking out and fighting back. Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they "won't lower their standards" just to hire women. Exposing the flawed logic in common excuses for why tech has long suffered the “pipeline” problem and invests in the delusion of meritocracy, Brotopia also shows how bias coded into AI, internet troll culture, and the reliance on pattern recognition harms not just women in tech but us all, and at unprecedented scale.

  • Published: 5 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525540175
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $36.99

About the author

Emily Chang

Emily Chang is the anchor and executiveproducer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technologyand Bloomberg Studio 1.0, where she regularly speaks to top tech executives,investors, and entrepreneurs. She was previously a CNN correspondent based inBeijing and London, and has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting.She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with herhusband and three children.