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Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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9/26/2016 | 9:07:07 PM
Re: A long time ago, we used to be friends
I'm weirded out that you were a teen-ager when Veronica Mars was on the air. So we're even. 

Our own Sarah Thomas gave me the hairy eyeball once when I said I'm a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

I watched both shows (and am rewatching Buffy) with my wife, who enjoys them as much as I do. Does that make me more creepy, or less?

BTW, Rob Thomas, who created VERONICA MARS, has a new series, iZombie, which is in the zombie genre rather than teen/private eye but it hits many of the same themes. Also, I don't know if you saw the VERONICA MARS movie, but it was terrific -- up to the standards of the series. 
ErynLeavens
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ErynLeavens,
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9/26/2016 | 7:19:01 PM
Re: Bias training
Sarah, I wonder if there's a difference in how Silicon Valley companies deal with gender vs. SF companies. Twitter doesn't have an SV presence as far as I know, only downtown SF. They're only 30 mins away (or 3 hours, depending on traffic...) but pretty different culturally.

As for the unconscious biases, do you think that's kindof a free pass if someone has good intentions but inadvertantly makes a sexist statement? This actually reminds me of everything that's going on with police shootings and race now. How do we get rid of unconscious biases that aren't necessarily rooted in hate, but are just cultural, or how we were raised, or completely unintentional? Are we as responsible for those actions and comments as someone who is acting out of actual sexism, homophobia, or racism? Big questions.
ErynLeavens
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ErynLeavens,
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9/26/2016 | 7:14:17 PM
Re: Bias training
Such a great billboard. And just saw that Google is creating an Oakland campus to create more diversity, so I guess they got the message!
ErynLeavens
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ErynLeavens,
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9/26/2016 | 7:13:08 PM
Re: A long time ago, we used to be friends
Veronica Mars was the BEST! Only slightly weirded out that you were watching it as teenage me was also watching it, Mitch.

I think going into a one-stall restroom for women when you're a man is fine. Glad you didn't go into a multi-stall women's restroom though. That might be crossing the line.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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9/26/2016 | 4:04:33 PM
A long time ago, we used to be friends
Kristen Bell is awesome. Bring back Veronica Mars!

I was at a conference recently with a similar bathroom line as that TechCrunch Disrupt. As the bathrooms were all one-seaters, I finally cut ahead to use the women's bathroom. I don't normally abuse my male privilege that way, but I'd had a lot of coffee that morning and it seemed a necessary decision.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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9/23/2016 | 11:05:22 AM
Re: Bias training
Yeah, thanks for sharing about Twitter. I hadn't heard as much about it as other companies in the Valley. Unconscious bias is so prevalent that I think any kind of training that just brings awareness to it is helpful. It came up on our panel a lot too -- that a lot of the things people (both men and women, but probably more often men) say or do are well-intentioned, but often not helpful. Like the manager who said Sandi could go home early because she had to get dinner on the table. He meant well, but should be made aware of how stereotypical, limiting and even detrimental statements like that can be.
Kelsey Ziser
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Kelsey Ziser,
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9/23/2016 | 10:06:49 AM
Bias training
I've never heard of "unconscious bias training," but it seems like an effective way to bring pre-conceived notions to the forefront. Sounds like Twitter is on the right track with bias training and 'gender-neutral' parental leave. Also love the Oakland tech billboard!


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