That Google Memo, and the Problem with “Real” Computer Science Majors

The culture of computer science majors has become the culture of high tech — for better and in some cases for worse
The intellectual elitism of CS takes many forms. Sometimes it’s funny and takes the form of hipster hackerdom. But other times it can take a darker turn, and malign people who don’t fit the supposed “mold” of what an engineer should look/act/or be.
  • “[Women are more prone to] Neuroticism (higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance).This may contribute to the higher levels of anxiety women report on Googlegeist and to the lower number of women in high stress jobs.”
  • “Women on average show a higher interest in people and men in things”
  • “[Women are more prone to] extraversion expressed as gregariousness rather than assertiveness. Also, higher agreeableness.”
Anyone who says that software engineers don’t need to be good at communicating and socializing has never done pair programming before


I’m proud of my CS degree. I love the education I received at SJSU, and had a blast with my friends there and my time at the school’s computer science club. Looking back, I’m happy I clawed my way through math and other fields I originally loathed to find passion and a career applying what I learned and love.



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Andy Manoske

Andy Manoske

Principal PM for Cryptography and Security Products @HashiCorp. Formerly Defense/NatSec & Crypto @NetApp, VC @GGVCapital + @AmplifyPartners