“Useless” Liberal Arts Degrees Less Useless Than Previously Thought!

“Software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”

“Women Kill The Buzz”: Sexism, Silicon Valley, & What Happens Now

Press coverage of the event has noted that the situation is not as simple as “Pao lost.” For instance, as Buzzfeed points out, women tech reporters gained new prominence.

Link Round-up: Financial Therapy; Food Stamps; Getting Fired Over Likeability

Now you can get checked out and helped out by a mental health professional who has a focus on your finances and your feelings.

Link Roundup: What Can Be Stolen & What Can’t; Women in Tech

“So far, no company has found a solution for retaining women.”

Job of the Day: Silicon Valley Home Stager

Maria Caldwell is a home stager, which is a person you hire to “depersonalize” your home when you’re trying to sell it. It seems that “staging” and “depersonalizing” are euphemisms for hiding all your ugly shit and making you seem rich:

Silicon Valley Ladies Are Doing It For Themselves

Do you know what “venture capital” is? I do now, but once I did not, and I met a venture capitalist at a party, and she was like, “What do you do?” and I was like, “I work at a start up” (about which more here) and she was like, “Oh, great! I’m in VC!” and I had to nod and laugh and pretend I knew what she was talking about because I am scared to look stupid, lest someone force me to take the SATs again.*

When San Jose Raised the Minimum Wage to $10 an Hour

In Next City, Nona Willis Aronowitz looks at the story behind the minimum wage increase in San Jose, which jumped to $10 per hour from $8 per hour after the city’s residents voted for the increase last November—”the single largest minimum-wage jump in the nation’s history.” The story is complicated.

What the Young and Rich Have Done to the Bay Area

In the East Bay Express, Ellen Cushing looks at how a population of young people with a lot of tech money in their bank accounts have transformed the San Francisco Bay Area.