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"Tech dude" blind spots on display at investor event

Jason Calacanis speaking
Jason Calacanis. Photo: Earl Mcgehee/Getty Images

At an Oakland event last Friday, a prominent Silicon Valley investor walked back some controversial comments about bias in tech — and unintentionally offered an inventory of the industry's persistent blind spots on diversity and inclusion.

Why it matters: Many Silicon Valley leaders believe they've created a meritocracy that's working just fine. Progressive critics and people in groups that feel they've been excluded see it as fundamentally broken. It's rare to see these two perspectives face off head to head, civilly, in a public forum.