Inside the life of a tech activist: abuse, gaslighting, but ultimately optimism

Tracy Chou has been a tech activist for almost a decade. Her story reveals what it’s like to fight Silicon Valley’s establishment.

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Hasnain says:

This was a great bio, discussing Tracy’s experience in big tech, Silicon Valley fundraising, activism, and on making the world a better place. This quote was definitely optimistic, and tops off an inspirational story nicely:

“When you get her talking, Chou is thoughtful and nuanced, and even a little optimistic.

“What am I gonna do about that, if I’m really depressed about the state of the ecosystem?” she says, when I note that her optimism doesn’t exactly square with her own experiences. “Do I complain on Twitter about it? Do I try to get people to do something differently? Or do I just change my mindset? Even if it is bad, I just have to keep going. The only way it will get better is if I keep a more positive mindset and keep pushing forward. So it’s a little bit of a psychological trick on myself, too. If I let myself be overcome with the pessimism, then maybe nothing changes at all.””

Posted on 2021-11-06T04:39:25+0000