Ellen Pao is an investment partner at Kapor Capital, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and co-founder of the diversity consulting non-profit organization Project Include. Previously she was the interim chief executive officer of social media technology company Reddit, an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Board director at Flipboard, and a corporate attorney.
Having become widely known for filing a gender discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner Perkins in 2012, Pao has expressed vocal criticism of the hiring and promotion practices in Silicon Valley. In 2015, unpopular decisions made during Pao's tenure at Reddit generated a wave of controversy that culminated in her stepping down. The backlash she received sparked debates both on the treatment of women in technology and the need for transparency in a company that relies on volunteers.
In part 1 of Ellen's podcast, we discuss:
- Her world view being shaped by being a 1st generation immigrant and middle child
- A STEM emphasis resulting in all her siblings attending Princeton as eng majors
- What she learned going directly from undergraduate to Harvard Law school
- The realization that she did not want to practice corporate law in NYC
- Attending Harvard Business School to get into a business role in Silicon Valley
- Working in Silicon Valley before the first boom and bust
- Her decision to turn from a consumer to enterprise company focus