Shanley Kane: Founder, Model View Culture
What prompted you to start Model View Culture?
What I found here is that there is an entire problematic culture, a whole system of beliefs, values, stereotypes and mythologies, that is driving so much of the industry. It’s a culture that goes almost completely unexamined and is very much broken. I became really fascinated with exposing and analyzing tech culture and started writing about engineering teams, management, startups, women in tech and other issues. That writing was well received by many and also deeply hated by others. At the same time, I came to particularly loathe the tech press, which is an uncritical mouthpiece for the existing power structure, and wanted to start a media company that was challenging, political, that cared deeply about diversity and inequality, that gave voices and perspectives not heard in the mainstream a certain shared place.
Can you describe your goals for MVC? What are some of the challenges with running an independent publishing platform?
Model View Culture is basically rebellion media against tech culture. One major goal is obviously to show and document how deeply fucked up this industry we built is. And more than that, it’s about providing alternative models, frameworks, influences and critical lenses within technology. It’s part intellectual community, part screaming into the void and part publishing beautiful luminary thought and analysis.
(...) We don’t take venture capital or corporate money—we’re 100% reader-funded.