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Teen takes top prize in Y Combinator hackathon

Original post made on Aug 5, 2014

Mountain View startup incubator Y Combinator held a hackathon over the weekend, where a teenager beat out 400 other hackers for a chance to get his app idea funded.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:50 PM

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Posted by Cordelia
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Silly sexist language in this article. Semi-finalist Rachel Kroft should not be solely described as "girlfriend" while her boyfriend is described as a "software engineer". She's a product designer at Pivotal Labs.


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Posted by Haha
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

He stole my idea


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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Yes! Cordelia. I noticed the same secondary status for Rachel Kroft ie as a satellite "girlfriend". So all emphasis for the work went to her associate who's therefore deemed to be the more significant participant.

This sexist dynamic happens throughout history... boys stealing a girl's creation and then getting awards for it. Even the Nobel Prize process is riddled with it. eg Rosalind Franklin and DNA.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

"Benjamin and his girlfriend (and professional product designer) Rachel Kroft ..."

I see that as more of a software developer over product designer than a man over woman issue, but I guess we all see what we want to see.

Of course, I am outraged over the slight of product designers.


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