Minorities all over the world are trapped in a dichotomy. On one hand, you are visible, because you are different. On the other hand, you are invisible, because your perspective doesn’t align or even matter to people who aren’t different. When we say who we truly are and what we feel–we make people feel uncomfortable.
I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Difficult circumstances and a lack of equal opportunities is what drove them to start businesses. For most of my life, I always thought that entrepreneurship was a byproduct of struggle and overcoming obstacles. No one I know ever set out to be a business person. It was the natural course of events that led them to it. And this is why Silicon Valley baffles me so much.