Tech Entrepreneurs Face Hidden Biases
from San Francisco Chronicle
It looked as though Silicon Valley's elite startup accelerator, Y Combinator, was becoming more selective. It recently announced that the number of companies it had accepted would shrink to fewer than 50, from 84. But looking for signs indicating which applicants would run into trouble led to an unusual admission of bias the interviewers were more tolerant after lunch. This observation is just one example of how decisions can be influenced by unexpected factors.
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