Michelle Quinn Michelle Quinn (130 Posts)

Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.

Not all diversity reports are created equal

Of course, all company diversity reports are not the same. That's why this paper asked more than 30 Silicon Valley companies for the official government report they prepare annually on their workforce demographics. In a column today, I gave Read More →

Should we sell our souls for the Tesla Gigafactory?

What's a "gigafactory" worth? That's the question for officials in five states who are battling to be home of Tesla's new "gigafactory" for battery production. The answer may be "too much," warns a group of government fiscal watchdog types who wrote a Read More →

The hijacking of #napaquake

Social media was the go-to place during the Napa earthquake Sunday, with early first-hand accounts and timely emergency information. Of course, to find the right info, it didn't take much, just a good hashtag, like #napaquake. But that hashtag and others Read More →

Twitter to review its harassment policies after Robin Williams’ daughter leaves

Twitter, which has faced criticism for its handling of online harassment, has removed "a number of accounts" related to the abuse of Zelda Williams, the daughter of comedian Robin Williams, the company said. “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature Read More →

It’s the workplace, stupid, says new study on female engineer dropouts

Nearly 40 percent of women with engineering degrees leave the profession or never enter the field, according to a new study, reported by National Public Radio. It's not due to a lack of confidence, a dearth of mentors or Read More →

Amazon takes on Miss Piggy

First it was writers like JK Rowling. Now it's Miss Piggy and Kermit. They have become what is known as "leverage" in Amazon's contract battle with content providers, such as publishers and movie studios. As Miss Piggy would demur, with a bat of Read More →
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