My Summer Internship at Google Turned Me Off Silicon Valley Forever

I still work in tech, but I’ll never go back to the Valley

A photo of a Google bike parked on a grassy lawn.
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Tech has an enormous bubble problem, and Silicon Valley is its epicenter

‘I’ll never grow up!’

The tech industry’s issues with diversity are echoed in the geographic region

I walked 10 minutes through a winding green campus, seeing mostly white and Asian men, to get to my desk in a building where I was the only Black employee who wasn’t cleaning something.

Speculative fiction and Afrofuturist writer. Software engineer. US-based; globally oriented. I think and write about building new worlds.

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