Office Hours Podcast: Can L.A. Tech Learn From Hollywood's Inclusion Mistakes?
Spencer Rascoff is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire and dot.LA, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. He is currently executive chairman of dot.LA and a board member at Zillow and TripAdvisor. In fall 2019, Spencer was a Visiting Executive Professor at Harvard Business School where he co-taught the "Managing Tech Ventures" course. In 2015, Spencer co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times' Best Seller "Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate." Spencer is the host of "Office Hours," a monthly podcast on dot.LA featuring candid conversations between prominent executives on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and startups.
Over the past decade, the entertainment industry has worked towards building more inclusivity into their ranks and storytelling, after coming under fire from the public and their own colleagues. Can Los Angeles tech employ those learnings?
Angela Robinson and Alexandra Martinez Kondracke are film and television writers, producers and directors, known for their work on "Professor Marston and The Wonder Women," "True Blood," "Hung" and "The L Word." They're also founders of Time's Up, a movement that aims to create a safe and equitable society free of sexual harassment.
In this high-energy, frank conversation, hear Angela, Alexandra and I share insight into both the tech and entertainment industry, how far the industries have come and how far they have to go.
This episode was recorded well before COVID-19 hit and the protests related to George Floyd's tragic death.Want more? Subscribe to Office Hours on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify iHeart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts.
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