Ellen Pao To Release Memoir Revealing ‘Toxic Culture’ In Tech

By Marisa Kendall
Mercury News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Ellen Pao is writing a tell-all book about her experiences in the male-dominated worlds of tech and venture capital. Pao’s memoir, titled “Reset,” promises to be a “fearless first-person account exposing the toxic culture that pervades the tech industry,”

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More than a year after her high-profile gender discrimination trial in San Francisco, Ellen Pao is writing a tell-all book about her experiences in the male-dominated worlds of tech and venture capital.

Pao’s memoir, titled “Reset,” promises to be a “fearless first-person account exposing the toxic culture that pervades the tech industry,” according to a Random House news release. The publishing house announced Tuesday that Pao has signed a deal with Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau.

No release date has been set for the book, and a Random House spokeswoman declined to disclose financial information about the deal.

“In telling her story as one of the few visible, prominent women of color who have reached the C-suite in corporate America and have dared to speak out about her experience,” the publisher wrote, “Pao, now the founder of Project Include, aims to spark a movement to empower other women and minorities.”

Pao took Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms, to trial last year over allegations that her superiors failed to promote and ultimately fired her because she is a woman. She lost, but the high-profile trial sparked a national outcry against the lack of women in tech and VC, and the boy’s club atmosphere that Pao claimed pervades those environments.

If the book is anything like the trial that riveted Silicon Valley for a month — spectators were forced to stand in the back of the packed courtroom — it’s sure to be a page-turner. Pao’s testimony during the trial included claims that she was pressured into a relationship with a married co-worker at the firm, that she was given an inappropriately sexual book as a Valentine’s Day gift by another male partner, and that she was subjected to talk of the Playboy mansion on a business flight.

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