Silicon Valley Leaders Begin to Worry That Political Correctness Is Stifling Innovation

Silicon Valley Leaders Begin to Worry That Political Correctness Is Stifling Innovation, by Chriss Street.

Silicon Valley is often referred to as the “Valley of the Democrats” because of the area’s strong endorsement of the social justice agenda — plus the fact that about 83 percent of tech company political contributions went to Democrats in the last election cycle. …

Partner Katharine “Kat” Manalac told SiliconValley.com in July that Y Combinator, which has been the largest incubator for start-up tech companies in Silicon Valley, sent a form out to 3,500 local entrepreneurs to gather personal information about venture capitalists (VCs) and their attitudes toward women. Manalac added, “We don’t call it a blacklist,” but she then admitted, “that is essentially what is happening.” …

Facebook COO and progressive icon Sheryl Sandberg commented in early December … that 64 percent of tech senior male managers were afraid to be alone with a female colleague, due to fear of being accused of sexual harassment. She warned that the recent witchhunt was causing a blowback against women: “We have to be vigilant to make sure this happens. I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash: “This is why you shouldn’t hire women.”