PRovoke Media 25 Feb 2022 // 6:24PM GMT
In this episode of The Intersection Series, Aarti Shah talks with two influential tech leaders about justice, race, gender and how Silicon Valley is (or is not) responding to these challenges. Tale of Two Tech Sectors - Apolitical vs Equitable asks Charles Hudson, Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures and Syreeta Mussante, EVP of B2B & Enterprise tech at Praytell.
The discussion includes valuable insights from Hudson and Mussante as people of color in Silicon Valley. They provide an inside perspective on how big tech responded to recent racial reckonings in America and what companies can or can’t accomplish in this realm. Both discuss challenges working in places where not many peers look like them and the balance between friends who may say the wrong things and how larger systems are to blame.
This video conversation features the following panelists:
- Charles Hudson, Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures
- Syreeta Mussante, EVP of B2B & Enterprise tech at Praytell
- Aarti Shah, Past PRovoke Executive Editor (moderator)
0:00 Apolitical vs Equitable? Introductions
01:17 Is Silicon Valley a meritocracy?
07:35 How is VC money allocated and can it be done equitably?
13:25 Can companies be apolitical and equitable?
17:12 Recalibration around expectations and what companies can solve that the government can’t
22:04 What can we expect companies to deliver?
23:50 How can we have these discussions at work in a meaningful way?