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Ellen Pao is moving on and hoping to set the record straightDespite losing a discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao is still fighting for equality in Silicon Valley. Pao tells CNET News Editor in Chief Connie Guglielmo about her Project Include venture and why she's unsure about having her daughter...
I'm Ellen Pao. I am founder of Project Include, which is a non-profit focused on bringing diversity and inclusion in tech. And I am the former CEO of Reddit and a former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. And I'm excited to be here talking with Connie.>> Well, thank you so much for joining us. I am really interested in how the term the Pao effect came to be a thing. There's a Wikipedia page. And it came out of your very high profile discrimination trail against Kleiner Perkins. But you can talk a little bit about the path that led you to become a Silicon Valley icon now for this concept of Inclusion and diversity in Silicon Valley? It was not an intentional path. So it has been more of a path of trying to do the right thing. So I don't know that I'm an icon. But I think a lot of people see themselves in my experiences. And having somebody actually give voice to them and Having a lot of people support the idea that this is not the way things should be has been something that people have really rallied around. So what was the impetus for Project Include, and what do you hope to do with it? The impetus was a series of one-on-one conversations where There are a lot of people who are just frustrated with the state of what they call diversity in tech and the lack of inclusion in tech and what people are actually doing about it. And from our perspective it wasn't, the solutions weren't matching the problem and they weren't solving the right problems. So We got together to try to figure out how do we get more education out there. There's so much information out there. How do we pull it all together and frame it for people? And how do we get people focused on doing the hard work of actually making tech inclusive? You are working on a memoir of sorts. Mm-hm. About the last few years in Silicon Valley. And what is it that you wanna say that you don't think Has been said in the many, many stories that have been written about you. There are a set of narratives about me, and I would just like to set the record straight about who I am, what motivated me to sue. And what motivates everything that I do. And you may not like it, and that's okay. But at least have the real information out there instead of Instead of information that's been pushed out there. You know I would love this to be a book that inspires people to come into Tech and to stay in Tech. Because I think we need to make sure those voices continue to be part of the conversation. You said you have a daughter, she's eight years old, and she's learning how to code. Would you like her to go into the tech industry at some point? I struggle with it. I don't want her to go into the tech industry but I'm hopeful that things will change by the time she gets out there. Okay, thank you very much, [UNKNOWN] for joining us today. Thank you [UNKNOWN] for having me. [SOUND]