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Monday, February 08, 2016

Convergence at GitHub

We don't use GitHub; although GitLab does have a Code of Conduct it does not yet have any other signs of SJW infestation. But the convergence at GitHub, which was apparent when its former CEO was forced out in 2014 over a "sexual-harassment scandal by a female employee who quit", appears to have shifted into a higher gear.

  • Cofounder CEO Chris Wanstrath, with support from the board, is radically changing the company's culture: Out with flat org structure based purely on meritocracy, in with supervisors and middle managers. This has ticked off many people in the old guard.
  • Its once famous remote-employee culture has been rolled back. Senior managers are no longer allowed to live afar and must report to the office. This was one reason why some senior execs departed or were asked to leave, one person close to the company told us.
  • Others tell us that key technical people from the old days like CTO Ted Nyman and third cofounder PJ Hyett are mostly absent from the office and not contributing much technically.
  • GitHub has hit "hypergrowth," growing from about 300 to nearly 500 employees in less than a year, with over 70 people joining last quarter alone.
  • Some longer-term employees feel like there's a "culture of fear" where people who don't support all the changes are being ousted.
  • In addition to previously reported executive departures, Business Insider has learned that Ryan Day, VP of business development; Adam Zimman, senior director of technology partnerships; and Scott Buxton, controller, have all left in the last six months. Buxton departed in January.
And what are all these changes? The usual diversity-and-inclusivity nonsense.
One insider criticized GitHub's "social impact team," which is in charge of figuring out how to use the product to tackle social issues, including diversity within the company itself. It's led by Nicole Sanchez, vice president of social impact, who joined GitHub in May after working as a diversity consultant.

While people inside the company approve of the goal to hire a more diverse workforce, some think the team is contributing to the internal cultural battle.

"They are trying to control culture, interviewing and firing. Scary times at the company without a seasoned leader. While their efforts are admirable it is very hard to even interview people who are 'white' which makes things challenging," this person said.

Sanchez is known for some strong views about diversity. She wrote an article for USA Today shortly before she joined GitHub titled, "More white women does not equal tech diversity."

At one diversity training talk held at a different company and geared toward people of color, she came on a bit stronger with a point that says, "Some of the biggest barriers to progress are white women."
I suspect there is more than a little confusion between correlation and confusion taking place there; Facebook is fully SJW-converged, therefore full SJW convergence equals revenue growth, profit, and massive equity overvaluations.

But, as Mike Cernovich noted, it's the SJWs at the venture capital firms who are aggressively pushing this by throwing large sums of money at the converged firms and inflating their values. Does that model still work? Probably not now that the Federal Reserve is out of bullets, but we'll see.

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Blogger kurt9 February 08, 2016 11:42 AM  

Vox,

I think your approach (having your own blog and ignoring Facebook and its like) is the proper approach to all of this SJW crap in Silicon Valley. I may well end my Facebook account simply because I'm getting tired of all of the non-sense I'm getting from all of my "friends". Its not just leftist crap, but just that they are posting so much stuff on any given day.

In any case, I think Facebook is doomed. It has turned from being a personal posting site to one of political debate (mosting ranting and raving). Once this transition occurs, the decline fallows.;

Blogger David-2 February 08, 2016 12:04 PM  

This arena should be an ideal test of SJW-converged vs. "traditional" models for highly technical/engineering oriented fields.

Cloud repositories are not highly "sticky" - especially the git ones - the barriers for moving from one to another are fairly low. The code repositories transfer over easily, other project data (wikis, issues, pull requests) generally do too (gitlab has a fair import from github, for example). And it can't be restricted too much: For flexibility (and to live in an ecosystem of other cloud tools like continuous integration, project tracking, etc) the cloud repositories must provide APIs to allow you access to all that information.

So if github quality (reliability, feature set) suffers because of their SJW infestation (due, mainly, to changing hiring patterns) their customers can switch. Switching won't happen that fast - The labor of switching is moderate to low but the inertia is high - but it will happen over time. See, e.g., SourceForge.

So we can see what happens to github/gitlab (or github/Atlassan) or whatever and draw conclusions. Perhaps 5 years from now. (Of course, if github closes their APIs to prevent/hinder losing projects we'll know sooner.)

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean February 08, 2016 12:05 PM  

The Fed won't be out of bullets until it buys my shit.

OpenID denektenorsk February 08, 2016 12:09 PM  

The thing about GitHub is it is entirely interchangeable. Fail to be at the head of the pack and people just move to another source control provider.

SJW venture capitalists... isn't that an oxymoron? Do they want to make money or not?

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr February 08, 2016 12:11 PM  

SJWs trying to promote "diversity" actually fuel division. Their "hate thy neighbor" mantra is contrary to the formation of group cohesion and the maintenance of good order and discipline.

In other words, the SJWs should be tossed out as soon as identified.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 08, 2016 12:12 PM  

So VC is going the same way as hedge funds?

All this hand-wringing over wealth inequality when all anyone had to do was wait until all the "rich" safely nestled their wealth into the Bernie Madoff school of money management.

I don't know what is funnier, watching people riot in order to buy the last tickets for steerage on the Titanic or knowing that on this voyage Affirmative Action in favor of LGBT officers and crew members has doubled-down on that rendezvous with Big Ice.

Blogger Nick S February 08, 2016 12:12 PM  

Think of all the talent that may now be available to contribute to something better.

OpenID denektenorsk February 08, 2016 12:13 PM  

@2 Re SourceForge. You get stupid, you pay the price: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2938017/why-big-open-source-projects-are-fleeing-sourceforges-free-software-hub.html

Blogger dc.sunsets February 08, 2016 12:14 PM  

Convergence won't be complete until Github management padlocks the doors and the gays, browns, blacks and ISIS-followers all go full Thunderdome inside.

OpenID basementhomebrewer February 08, 2016 12:24 PM  

Saw this over the weekend and was astonished at what a shit show that company has turned into. Based on the number of SJWs they have allowed in that company has no where to go but implosion.

The article paints a picture of several rabid SJWs being given prominent positions and it doesn't take a genius to see that the competing agendas of each of those SJWs are going to start colliding in spectacular fashion.

Blogger Gaiseric February 08, 2016 12:27 PM  

@1: I think your approach (having your own blog and ignoring Facebook and its like) is the proper approach to all of this SJW crap in Silicon Valley.

Blogger is owned by Google. Give it time. It's not any more immune; it's just not as far along as some other alternatives.

@1: In any case, I think Facebook is doomed. It has turned from being a personal posting site to one of political debate (mosting ranting and raving). Once this transition occurs, the decline fallows.;

No, it's still a personal site for posting pictures of your family for remote friends and extended family and stuff like that. That's still by far the biggest type of interaction on Facebook. In fact, although Cuckerberg is a tool and the warning signs in Germany are alarming, I'd say Facebook is a long way from fully converged; at least they haven't yet lost sight of what their primary purpose is. It is probably doomed, at least in the mid to long-term. But not in the immediate future.

Anonymous Quartermaster February 08, 2016 12:32 PM  

@9
Be sure to install cameras first. You'd make a mint on the PPV fees alone.

OpenID basementhomebrewer February 08, 2016 12:37 PM  

@4 I have met several. My current employer is owned by a private equity company. They have their big companies that they basically leave to their own devices while milking them for profits. Then they have "project" companies that they put their junior people in charge of managing.

Most of the junior people are well connected but low-experience and low talent. They use the smaller companies as play things to experiment with. The hope is the junior people learn from the experience but due to their SJW education at the ivy league schools they spend most of their time trying to implement SJW policies.

I am lucky that our principal might be a junior level guy who is low on experience but at least he is not an SJW.

Anonymous Euro contracter February 08, 2016 12:41 PM  

Those working in the field should go to the article and read the section "ruffled feathers on diversity". It looks like a bare naked power grab by the usual suspects. Invited in by managers and investors (Andreesen Horowitz) for some reason. Could be the investors need to burnish their SJW credentials and figure GitHub is impossible to screw up. Or they're just caught up in the moment.

A photo of a slide: "Re: Diversity and inclusion in tech: (1) This is not work for white folks to lead".

Danilo Campos, also on that team, tweets: "don't think we'll succeed teaching white, male middle managers empathy and compassion anytime soon ... so let's limit their scope of damage".

Blogger Lovekraft February 08, 2016 12:46 PM  

I think Facebook is doomed

Much like sjws leaving a once-prosperous area due to their policies resulting in too much vibrancy, the Facebook mob will come looking for new pasture. Youtube being a likely central target.

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 February 08, 2016 12:54 PM  

But...but...bankruptcy, unfunded liability defaults, creditor immunity, then bailouts, because "We're too important to fail!"
CaptDMO

Anonymous BGKB February 08, 2016 12:55 PM  

It's led by Nicole "DIRTY"Sanchez, vice president of social impact, who joined GitHub in May after working as a diversity consultant.

You think she would at least put the diversity in its own closed off sandbox so it couldn't damage the good stuff. Its better that the all just sit around drinking coffee like NYC pedo teachers that cant be fired.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/rubber-rooms-in-new-york-city-22-million_n_1969749.html

"roughly 200 teachers sit and collect their normal salaries. And for their time, the city is projected to shell out a staggering $22 million to teachers doing absolutely nothing this year alone."

SJW venture capitalists... isn't that an oxymoron? Do they want to make money or not?

They will make billions when they destroy something only to buy it back for pennies on the dollar.

padlocks the doors and the gays, browns, blacks and ISIS-followers all go full Thunderdome inside

QUEENS TRUMP SPADES

A photo of a slide: "Re: Diversity and inclusion in tech: (1) This is not work for white folks to lead".

We make it look too easy, just like when we do math in our heads.

Blogger rycamor February 08, 2016 12:57 PM  

@14. Euro contracter February 08, 2016 12:41 PM

Those working in the field should go to the article and read the section "ruffled feathers on diversity". It looks like a bare naked power grab by the usual suspects. Invited in by managers and investors (Andreesen Horowitz) for some reason. Could be the investors need to burnish their SJW credentials and figure GitHub is impossible to screw up. Or they're just caught up in the moment.

A photo of a slide: "Re: Diversity and inclusion in tech: (1) This is not work for white folks to lead".

Danilo Campos, also on that team, tweets: "don't think we'll succeed teaching white, male middle managers empathy and compassion anytime soon ... so let's limit their scope of damage".


The modern bizarro world: minority SJWs have openly declared war on white men, using other rich white men to finance their war.

Anonymous 7513 February 08, 2016 12:58 PM  

@1, regarding Facebook being doomed:

Here is a datapoint: my son and his friends (junior high school age) have absolutely no interest in Facebook. They are all on Instagram; based upon what they tell me, they like the streamlined interface ... and, of course, the adults aren't hanging out there. As in, adults are not spamming them with crap politics that get in the way of them sharing and commenting on photos or messaging each other. It makes my monitoring of his account easier on my temper, since I don't have to get annoyed with political spam (just annoyed by innane pre-teen crap). After he had me get an account, I have found that I like it better than Facebook.

I fully agree: Facebook is doomed in the long run, and will probably become a Goodreads-like echo chamber or a joke like Myspace. Nothing lasts forever, especially when it becomes annoying.

Anonymous joe camel February 08, 2016 12:59 PM  

It looks like they have been reading Dogbert's secret management guide. Has Scott Adams seen this article yet?

Blogger Student in Blue February 08, 2016 1:08 PM  

@15 Lovekraft
Much like sjws leaving a once-prosperous area due to their policies resulting in too much vibrancy, the Facebook mob will come looking for new pasture. Youtube being a likely central target.

I think you're on to something here. There's something about Youtube already having in place ridiculous copyright things yet having people with Wrongthink and Wrongfun and making money off of it, that should act as an irresistable lure...

Blogger FilmKnurd February 08, 2016 1:12 PM  

@19 Facebook owns Instagram

Anonymous 7513 February 08, 2016 1:30 PM  

@22.

Oh, !@$# ... of course they do, those evil bastards. Thanks.

Blogger Eric Castle February 08, 2016 1:41 PM  

I find all of this amusing for the reason that the underlying program of choice for these repo hosts, Git, was at least originally the brain child of Linus Torvalds. Should not the fact that he refuses to bow to SJW pressure require GitHub to repudiate Git itself?

Other programs can be used, but Git is the most efficient (its in the name for a reason). I wonder if someone close to the storm should stir the pot a bit.

Blogger Gaiseric February 08, 2016 1:50 PM  

A photo of a slide: "Re: Diversity and inclusion in tech: (1) This is not work for white folks to lead".

Danilo Campos, also on that team, tweets: "don't think we'll succeed teaching white, male middle managers empathy and compassion anytime soon ... so let's limit their scope of damage".


It's eerie the degree to which the way SJWs talk today about white males sounds an awful lot like the way early Nazis talked about the Jews.

Blogger Gaiseric February 08, 2016 1:51 PM  

@19: Even Instagram is old news. Snapchat seems to be the hottest thing right now.

Blogger RobertT February 08, 2016 1:56 PM  

" it's the SJWs at the venture capital firms who are aggressively pushing this by throwing large sums of money at the converged firms and inflating their values. "

Yes, but they're getting their payback right now as the Silicon Valley bubble has begun to burst. The big news in the Valley is that several unicorns are no longer unicorns, and valuations are down dramatically, seen most notably in twitter & linkedin. Funding is also down dramatically after as the availability of funds is also drying up. VC's that raised before this started are sitting pretty, but the others may be looking at a bleak future. Although... where will that money go?

Blogger RobertT February 08, 2016 1:56 PM  

" it's the SJWs at the venture capital firms who are aggressively pushing this by throwing large sums of money at the converged firms and inflating their values. "

Yes, but they're getting their payback right now as the Silicon Valley bubble has begun to burst. The big news in the Valley is that several unicorns are no longer unicorns, and valuations are down dramatically, seen most notably in twitter & linkedin. Funding is also down dramatically after as the availability of funds is also drying up. VC's that raised before this started are sitting pretty, but the others may be looking at a bleak future. Although... where will that money go?

Anonymous BGKB February 08, 2016 2:05 PM  

Die verse city or bust. Well there is no bust on this woman.
“One of the first women to sign up to become an Army combat engineer is now considered a deserter after being AWOL for 30 days.” She arrived at Ft. Leonard Wood on Sept. 22, but was sent home on convalescent leave after 11 weeks...Pvt. Erika Lopez"

Good thing she dropped out or she might have built a bridge across the Rio Grand.
http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/careers/army/2016/02/05/one-armys-1st-female-combat-engineer-recruits-deserter/79817026/

Anonymous GitHub Refugee February 08, 2016 2:23 PM  

I have cancelled my paid GitHub account and had I know the SJWs had invaded, I would never had signed up in the first place. Fucking SJWs ruin everything!

Anonymous I Am Irony, Man February 08, 2016 2:35 PM  

rycamor: "The modern bizarro world: minority SJWs have openly declared war on white men, using other rich white men to finance their war."

Not only that, but fighting discrimination and stereotyping by...discriminating and stereotyping:

"(1) This is not work for white folks to lead."

"don't think we'll succeed teaching white, male middle managers empathy and compassion anytime soon"

Blogger JDC February 08, 2016 2:43 PM  

I think your approach (having your own blog and ignoring Facebook and its like) is the proper approach to all of this SJW crap in Silicon Valley

I received a gift from our local gun club recently (a camo stole) for a talk I did on guns and God. I posted the stole on facebook...the grumblings from the SJW's (the Churchian type) was loud and vociferous.

Blogger Adm Trell February 08, 2016 2:44 PM  

@ 25 "It's eerie the degree to which the way SJWs talk today about white males sounds an awful lot like the way early Nazis talked about the Jews."

Yes, you could probably take Nazi propaganda fromt he 30's and replace each mention of Jews, Communists, etc with terms like white-male, Christian, etc and you've got a spitting-image of what come out of 'Diversity Studies' coursework

Blogger tz February 08, 2016 2:57 PM  

They need to change the name.
GitHub sounds like they are telling women to marry (get a husband).
Of course GitReal would be even more offensive.
GitBetter is what Google is telling LGBTeens - when they are GitOut-ed.

Blogger tz February 08, 2016 2:58 PM  

@25,33
Jezebel was Ahab's wife, and is hunting the Great White Male, but it didn't end well.

Blogger tz February 08, 2016 3:03 PM  

see also http://www.businessinsider.com/github-identity-crisis-2016-2

Blogger CM February 08, 2016 3:04 PM  

"Some of the biggest barriers to progress are white women."

Awesome. If I had a blog, that would be my tagline.

Blogger tz February 08, 2016 3:12 PM  

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/02/08/report-anti-white-agenda-revealed-at-githubs-diversity-team/

Anonymous WillBest February 08, 2016 3:49 PM  

I don't think I could take seriously anybody that had "diversity __________" on their resume. I wouldn't avoid saying something like "oh, you are a parasite" if I found out. A company does X, if you are more than 2 step away from X your jobs in unnecessary.

Anonymous Euro contracter February 08, 2016 4:18 PM  

"Some of the biggest barriers to progress are white women."

If I had a blog, that would be my tagline.


Don't forget to add (Source: GitHub) or (Source: GitHub Social Impact Team). Not sure which one is best.

Blogger Neanderserk February 08, 2016 4:26 PM  

So, the SJWs picked teams, and they want to give us all the red-blooded thumotic armed white males.

Am I missing something?

Blogger tz February 08, 2016 4:36 PM  

"Some of the biggest barriers to progress are white women."
True, they want to be feminists, not Moms.

Blogger tz February 08, 2016 4:38 PM  

Diversity is twice as bad as University.

Blogger Neanderserk February 08, 2016 4:40 PM  

If white privilege were real, you couldn't talk about it without losing your job.

Hey, wait...

Blogger Harold February 08, 2016 5:09 PM  

From my vantage, Facebook is slowly dragging in new users. I see new family members and friends joining every week or two. Why? It's still the best way to keep in touch with a wide variety of people you'd otherwise lose track of. I have a google+ account; never post anything on it. Snapchat and instagram? My 17 year old uses them. Several times daily. And checks facebook a few times a week. Because all his cousins are there. Twitter? I haven't yet figured out the point of twitter. But again, my youngest uses it. And Vine. Everyone his age looks at Vine. He shows me the ones he thinks I'd enjoy. I don't bother with it.

Facebook has a lot of institutional inertia at the moment. I'm at the low end- I only have 99 friends, all but 3 of whom I actually know. those 3 are public figures. Authors. Facebook would have to do something awfully dumb to cause most of us to leave and find another platform to reconnect on.

On Facebook I can post public, post to a closed group, or send a private message. (As much as any electronic message can be private. The NSA surely reads them.) I can post pictures. Hyperlinks. Videos. Rants and raves. None of the other social media platforms, as far as I'm aware, allow you do all of that as easily.

And political postings! Yeah. All my friends, and I, rant and rave. And post pictures of parties and events. And share stories and jokes. I think of it as a public diary. Where you post the stuff you want people to know. As long as Facebook doesn't completely screw up and bring down the heavy hand of censorship, they'll be around. Europe wants them to start censoring. IMHO, any American company faced with that demand ought pull all it's servers and personnel back to the US, and tell them to stuff it. Firewalls they put up will be breached.

Anonymous johnc February 08, 2016 5:38 PM  

I need to find a software company that is 100% remote. Seems like more and more are moving away from this model. From a developer's perspective it's so much easier to work from your own computer setups, etc. where you have control over what tools you use and how you accomplish the job.

Blogger Charlie Martel February 08, 2016 6:00 PM  

once famous remote-employee culture has been rolled back. Senior managers are no longer allowed to live afar and must report to the office. This was one reason why some senior execs departed or were asked to leave, one person close to the company told us.

Canary. Same thing happened at Yahoo and Reddit. The reason is that there is more control if your middle management fiefdom with f2f office politics.

Sell.

Blogger Danby February 08, 2016 6:40 PM  

you can't have plausibly deniable conversations with remote employees.

Anonymous aegis-1080 February 08, 2016 6:47 PM  

Yep. Point 2 by itself is a deal breaker, tells you that the new management are a bunch of petty arseholes. Any decent developer will walk at that.

Blogger Cogitans Iuvenis February 08, 2016 7:34 PM  

That sound? That is the sound of a soon to be bankrupt business.

Blogger James Dixon February 08, 2016 7:36 PM  

> Re SourceForge. You get stupid, you pay the price:

I understand Sourceforge is under new management. We'll have to see if it's better than the old one.

Anonymous Malwyn's apprentice February 08, 2016 7:38 PM  

GitHub's "social impact team," which is in charge of figuring out how to use the product to tackle social issues

The purpose of a business is to make money. Why do so many business forget this basic principle?

@39 Willbeast mentioned that any position more than two steps away from the primary objective is expendable. More than that, anything more than two steps away is irrelevant, a waste of time, and (perhaps most importantly) a distraction.

Blogger BunE22 February 08, 2016 8:52 PM  

@34

Hmm. I always thought of Git in the British slang term, which is now a self fulfilling prophesy since the SJWs moved in.

Git is a mild pejorative with origins in British English for an unpleasant, silly, incompetent, stupid, annoying, senile, elderly or childish person. It is usually an insult, more severe than twit or idiot but less severe than wanker, arsehole or twat. (Wikipedia)

Anonymous rubberducky February 08, 2016 9:34 PM  

It's a shame. You know, Linus started git because the other versioning packages seemed bloated and locked you into doing things certain ways. Now look at this over at GitHub, where they are adding layers of needless crap and meddlesome policing as they try to force everybody to their norm. It's downright perverse.

Blogger Student in Blue February 08, 2016 11:00 PM  

"git" also used to be a variant spelling of "get" in the US several years ago.

Blogger Groot February 09, 2016 1:34 AM  

What a win this would be: GitLab repudiating its CoC. Ilk: I challenge you. How we would laugh. I have seen this dream.

Anonymous Haxo Angmark February 09, 2016 5:11 AM  

post debtPonzi collapse. POW interrogation:

"what was your occupation?"

"Oh, I was a diversity consultant"

"turn around. Or do you want it in the face?"

Anonymous CarpeOro February 09, 2016 8:41 AM  

A SJW infested company I know had a meeting for IT. Along with showing the plans to eliminate their biggest cost/problem (employees) by moving things outside the company, they also noted moving stuff to GitHub. A loss for the company in the long run, maybe a gain for employees (they are starting with application people primarily so you can guess how that is going). Of course if they didn't practice so much diversity the employee cost would go down (quality versus quantity).

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 09, 2016 9:13 AM  

'Git' is also part of my Piney Woods English dialect as meaning 'Go Away'. Something you say to a stray dog or a Coyote in the yard. "Git! Git outta here!"

Blogger Markku February 09, 2016 12:25 PM  

I am almost certain that GitLab doesn't have a Code of Conduct - at least not a public one. The only Google hits I found were PROJECTS in GitLab, and the CoC's were for those projects.

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