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Ellen Pao, Moving On, But Not Going Away

By Michelle Quinn
San Jose Mercury News.

Finally it is over. Ellen Pao is “moving on,” as she puts it.

And so can we, right?

Well, no. It’s not over.

The issue of women, minorities and tech, which Pao highlighted in her discrimination trial, isn’t going away.

Sure, I’m relieved not to delve again into the details of Pao’s claim against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture firm where she worked as a partner. The all-male ski trip. The all-male dinner. Private plane rides where inappropriate comments were allegedly made.

Since a jury ruled against her in March, we have been waiting to see if Pao would appeal the decision.

I argued she shouldn’t. While Pao shined a bright light on sexism in venture capitalism, her case wasn’t convincing to most jurors, or to me.

I’m glad she is not appealing but also happy to hear the former interim CEO of Reddit plans to stick around.

When it comes to women and minorities in the tech industry, as she wrote in a post for the news site Recode, she will continue “moving these issues forward by writing, investing and working in the technology industry.”

At Reddit, Pao was someone to watch as she struggled to create better rules for engagement and tried to address pay disparity.

Pao is a needed presence on the tech scene, a dissident of sorts, who has worked on the inside but knows what it is like for outsiders.

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