The view from a fat white boy

Chris Messina wrote an interesting post “the future of white boy clubs.”

One way I’m changing the world is to make the groups and things I do totally open. Anyone is welcome to participate in it. Not just white boys. And, that’s been true from the earliest of days (back in 2001 when we did blogger dinners we made them open to the public, not behind closed doors like other camps and events, and anyone could come).

Same is true on my show. If you’re smart and building something interesting I want you on my show. Especially if you’re not a fat white boy like me. I’m going to work on a segment where anyone who can get to San Francisco can get on my show. As long as they have a new/cool technology to show off.

Yesterday I met with three talented women at eBay. Caroline Malijaud. Sara Carter. Ali Croft. Damn smart. And interesting, fun, talented, engaging. Unfortunately I couldn’t get them on camera. They are doing something that PR doesn’t want discussed in public yet. But they are out there, conference planners just have to work harder.

I’ll be the first to admit that my show isn’t very interesting yet cause it’s mostly white guys. Talking with these three at eBay, and hanging around at BlogHer were good ways to get a conversation going that’ll change that.

I think the key here is to do some real gumshoe work and try to find smart technologists, no matter what the color or gender or whatever and invite them into what we’re doing.

If you don’t think there’s smart women out there building cool tech, why don’t you go visit Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics lab. Go watch my video. Now fast forward to 39:15. The two women there building soccer-building robots are inspiring.

They are a lot smarter than I am. And that’s no hooey from a fat white boy.

63 thoughts on “The view from a fat white boy

  1. What I find very interesting and sad is the fact- at this day and age- where people should be building unity out of celebration of our diversity and not look for more stuff to divide us further. I do not care who you are, what you are, or anything else.. but, can we try to find a common ground to agree, to love and to work toward bulilding a better world for tomm. If you are gifted in tech. area, then use your talent to help build a better world with people who see you for who you truly are. If technology can develop this far, why can’t we all as human being?! It is sad and very shamfull. I have been working on AIDS/HIV project in Africa, where the need is extensive, multilayered, and requires creativity to meet all the need. Technology use and an expert can make a great contribution. By the way, I am looking for a real geek to work with me on the project–so far, the ones who have responded to my request are not capable to meet challenges posed by limitation of situations in the countries. Please, let’s take notice to the world and see by focusing on differences or creating further division, I ask you all to look at our heart to love one another, practice tolerance and build a world that is truly united.

  2. What I find very interesting and sad is the fact- at this day and age- where people should be building unity out of celebration of our diversity and not look for more stuff to divide us further. I do not care who you are, what you are, or anything else.. but, can we try to find a common ground to agree, to love and to work toward bulilding a better world for tomm. If you are gifted in tech. area, then use your talent to help build a better world with people who see you for who you truly are. If technology can develop this far, why can’t we all as human being?! It is sad and very shamfull. I have been working on AIDS/HIV project in Africa, where the need is extensive, multilayered, and requires creativity to meet all the need. Technology use and an expert can make a great contribution. By the way, I am looking for a real geek to work with me on the project–so far, the ones who have responded to my request are not capable to meet challenges posed by limitation of situations in the countries. Please, let’s take notice to the world and see by focusing on differences or creating further division, I ask you all to look at our heart to love one another, practice tolerance and build a world that is truly united.

  3. Dave: OK. But interestingly enough we held yet another “open to the public” dinner tonight and only men showed up. Is it self serving to point out that most of the events I do are open to the public and anyone is welcome?

  4. Dave: OK. But interestingly enough we held yet another “open to the public” dinner tonight and only men showed up. Is it self serving to point out that most of the events I do are open to the public and anyone is welcome?

  5. OH Podesta, you did read the article? ??? It sounds like you didn’t. So you might want to read the whole thing again and let it sink into that think skull of yours before you start making personal attacks.

  6. OH Podesta, you did read the article? ??? It sounds like you didn’t. So you might want to read the whole thing again and let it sink into that think skull of yours before you start making personal attacks.

  7. RAID O, you are wrong and I will correct you. There is no proof that people who aren’t white aren’t interested in high tech, though you apparently believe otherwise. However, there is a lack of opportunity to learn about tech in poor, often minority communities, because of disadvantages based in history.

    The NAACP was founded by white, black and Asian Americans. Much of its leadership was white historically. Furthermore, you, or anyone, is completely free to join your local chapter of the NAACP.

    Speaking of history, you might want to learn some.

  8. RAID O, you are wrong and I will correct you. There is no proof that people who aren’t white aren’t interested in high tech, though you apparently believe otherwise. However, there is a lack of opportunity to learn about tech in poor, often minority communities, because of disadvantages based in history.

    The NAACP was founded by white, black and Asian Americans. Much of its leadership was white historically. Furthermore, you, or anyone, is completely free to join your local chapter of the NAACP.

    Speaking of history, you might want to learn some.

  9. Robert – I’ve sat on commenting on this for a few days to see what type of responses this would generate. I have to agree with the one comment that your post does come across as a little self serving. This would be fine for most, but your voice does tend to carry weight within many communities around the globe.
    What does you being a ‘fat white boy’ have to do with the constant issue of diversity?

  10. Robert – I’ve sat on commenting on this for a few days to see what type of responses this would generate. I have to agree with the one comment that your post does come across as a little self serving. This would be fine for most, but your voice does tend to carry weight within many communities around the globe.
    What does you being a ‘fat white boy’ have to do with the constant issue of diversity?

  11. Interesting topic. I really don’t care what color your skin is, as long as you have something positive to add to ANY community. The lack of “color” might be due to the lack of interest among them, I mean… If there was a show on rims, you think a more “diverse” crowd would appear? All this talk about “adding color”… you think the NAACP will add a “cracker” like me to the list?????????? It’s not ANYONES fault some groups don’t have interest in this sort of thing. Correct me if I’m wrong…..please.

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