Ellen Pao Says Silicon Valley Isn’t A Meritocracy. It’s Not.


Reddit CEO Ellen Pao took the stage today at the Code Conference in Southern California. Though she is currently the CEO of popular news aggregator Reddit, which has 170 million monthly active users, Pao is perhaps best known for bringing to trial a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins, this spring.

Though Pao lost the case on four counts, she was a key catalyst in discussions around issues that had taken the Valley a long time to come to terms with, namely the lack of female and minority entrepreneurs and VCs.

Kara Swisher opened the conversation with a very blunt « Do you regret doing this? » referring to the lawsuit. No, Ellen replied. « This is the worst thing that can come out of it and I’m fine, » she said, looking more chipper than I’ve seen her in the two months since I sat in the courtroom following the…

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