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From a "feminist hero" (Elle, The Guardian) comes a fearless firsthand account of the workplace discrimination suit that "has blown open a conversation about the status of women" (The New York Times) in the tech industry. This is the story of a determined activist using her voice to empower everyone who struggles to be heard.

©2017 Ellen Pao (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Must read for any working woman (or working man!)

What did you love best about Reset?

Ellen Pao courageously spoke the truth. She took on venture capitalists with unlimited resources to tell all about a seriously broken industry and work culture. Ellen did everything she could think of to be successful (including making Kleiner millions) and it still wasn't enough.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellen of course! I am so thankful that someone finally wrote about these issues. Women have been "leaning in" for decades, and we are losing ground. She is right, there needs to be a reset. As she recounts the abuse she suffered, the pointless hurdles she jumped, she realized, despite her pedigreed background and endless striving, that she was in an unwinnable game. Her courageous act of telling her story might change this. I hope it does!

Which character – as performed by Emily Woo Zeller – was your favorite?

As an audible addict, I definitely think Emily is one of the top 5 narrators in the game. She is great and she has the perfect voice to give life to Ellen's prose.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were too many to list. Because so many of the situations made me feel like saying "me too." I am not alone.

Any additional comments?

Ellen --- you should compile a follow up to Reset of the letters you received from people. All their stories.... like how after Liz Gilbert wrote Eat, Pray Love, she compiled a book of her fans entitled "Eat, Pray Love Made Me Do It."

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Insightful

I first heard about Ellen Pao when our local paper covered her lawsuit against her employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for gender discrimination. It was no surprise that she lost the case.

This book primarily discusses her case of gender inequality in the science and business world. Pao has her degree in engineering from Princeton, a law degree from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard. Pao describes the problem women have in male-dominated fields. She says ambitious women are seen as aggressive. I have found this is a common theme in many books about gender inequality. As a female scientist I also have been subjected to many of the various tactics described in the book. I am much older than Pao so what we faced in many ways was far worse than she encountered. I remember in high school having to fight the school administration to be allowed into science classes. Then I was the only female in the class.

Pao tells of her life as a child in Maplewood, New Jersey growing up in a high-achieving Chinese immigrant family. She tells of her education and life in the business world. She also describes the treatment she received from men during and after her lawsuit. The last part of the book is about the work she is doing and the organization she has started to create diversity in the tech industry.

The book is well written. The pernicious misogyny she describes is a common problem faced by most women over the years and it only gets worse the higher women try to climb in their field.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is almost eleven hours long. Emily Woo Zeller did a great job narrating the book. Zeller is an Audie nominated narrator and has earned multiple Earphone and SOVRS awards. She also received Audiofile magazines Best Voice Award in 2013 and 2015.

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Courageous

Excellent and detailed behind the scenes look at women in tech and venture capital. But as importantly a look at how deeply ingrained and and acceptable hostile actions toward women, whether propositioning in the workplace, giving menial tasks, circulating & discussing porn. In summary the bro culture that still largely reigns.

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Wow! What pain and transparency.

As a POC in the tech/startup world, we all have our stories. Thanks for sharing yours with the world. You made great sacrifices and it is appreciated. I hope that the progress that we've begun to see is REAL and LASTING.

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  • DJ
  • 10-20-17

really insightful and informative

I really love this book it gave a great insight into the workings of Silicon Valley and venture capital.

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Silicone valley

Please never again have a reader that says "silicone valley" each time "Silicon Valley" is mentioned.

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A powerful story for everyone in and outside of tech

Ellen’s story reveals powerful insights and details about the inner workings of VC and the wider tech world. From community trolls on reddit to a nearly invincible crew of white male leaders at Kliener Perkins, Ellen describes obstacle after obstacle put in her journey to become a champion of fairness and inclusivity. As a white male leader in the tech world I ended to book feeling heartened and inspired by Ellen’s journey and accomplishments. I also felt disappointed, saddened, and unsurprised by the way men behaved throughout the story. Here is to a future of fairness for all and success for Project Include’s long work ahead.

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Exceptional!

I had no idea how difficult it is to be a woman in Silicon Valley (or anywhere for that matter). Warning, do not read this before bed unless you want to go to sleep angry at the world of men. And that's especially tough if you happen to be one.

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This book deserves more attention!

Captivating story.
If you enjoyed Lean In, this is a great book to read. Disclaimer though, it is more emotional and not research based.

While I understand its a one sided story where they pick the words they use carefully to portray a certain story, it was still a very captivating and inspiring story nonetheless giving me a glimpse into the VC firms culture, and her life/career in general.

I really hope there will be a platform (e.g. a facebook page) where readers can come together to talk about the book, of their own experiences, and just continue build a community/movement surrounding the message of the book.

This book deserves more attention!

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The person behind the headlines.

I followed Ellen Pao's court case in 2015, so I enjoyed getting to "know" her as the person behind the headlines. An unexpected bonus of the book was to learn from an insider how VC firms in Silicon Valley operate.

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  • Ms. Emma Mcclelland
  • 11-08-17

A powerful, important and inspiring story

I really enjoyed listening to this well-written and well-performed book. I recommend it, especially to those people who have experienced microaggressions, victimisation or outright discrimination at the workplace.

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  • Emily
  • 10-04-17

Inspired

What a courageous and inspiring book! Would highly recommend it! Thank you for sharing your story!