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In 'Brotopia,' Silicon Valley disrupts everything but the boys' club

How nerds became bros is one of the central stories in this book

Jennifer Szalai | NYT 

Beware the callow misfit who becomes part of the ruling class; rather than disrupt the social order that excluded him, he might just reap its spoils for himself. A number of the men depicted in Emily Chang’s Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley seem to be making up for lost experience, using their new-found wealth and power to get whatever it is they had previously been denied — mainly stuff, status and sex. “From its earliest days,” Ms Chang writes, “the industry has self-selected for men: First, antisocial nerds, then, decades ...

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 23:27 IST