— Facebook dominates the social media space and is one of the most recognizable entities in the world today. It allows people to share things with long-distance friends or find new ones — but it has an uglier side as well. Problems with misinformation spreading through the site and questions about how it handles user data have overshadowed any good the platform has done. Tech writer Steven Levy spent three years inside the organization and wrote a book about his experience called Facebook: The Inside Story. Levy will be talking about his book with GeekWire editor Todd Bishop at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the University Temple United Methodist Church.
— Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are idolized thanks to stories of innovation and hard work. But those stories don’t really paint an accurate picture of how the tech giants became giants. Rob Larsen, an economics professor at Tacoma Community College, talks about this topic in his book, Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley. Larson will be speaking about his book at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at The Forum at Town Hall.
Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar:
- Be Bold Now: International Women’s Day Celebration: An event celebrating women, featuring local leaders at Benaroya Hall in Seattle; 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5.
- Fundamentals for Startups: My $100M First-Time Founder, CEO Education: A presentation about fundraising from an experienced CEO, at Fluke Hall at the University of Washington in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m., Friday, March 6.
- Socially Inept Tech Roast: A comedy roast of tech leaders at Hale’s Ales Palladium in Seattle; 8 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, March 6.
- Girls’ Night Out: Get Scent-imental: An event for middle-school-aged girls to explore the science behind smells at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle; 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 7.
- Laser My Chemical Romance: A laser show featuring music by My Chemical Romance at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle; 9 to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 7.
- The Riveter’s Brunch and Rally Womxn’s March Gathering: A meetup to network and assemble for the Womxn’s March at The Riveter in Seattle; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, March 8.
- Board Games and Beer at Elliott Bay: An event where you can play board games while enjoying drinks at Elliott Bay Brewing Company in Seattle; 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 8.
- Angel Investing: How to Get Started: A presentation featuring advice from two local angel investors at K&L Gates in Seattle; 12 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10
- Women and Men: Creating Our Future Together: A talk about how to increase the participation of women and minorities in the tech sector at the Bill and Melinda Gates Center in Seattle; 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 10.
- CleanTech Alliance Breakfast Series: Fighting Cancer with Energy Efficiency: A talk from the director of facilities at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, at Perkins Coie in Seattle; 7:30 to 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 11.
- The Shift to Mom-Friendly Workplaces: A presentation about what companies can do to help moms in the workforce at Galvanize in Seattle; 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11.
- Founders Live PDX: An event where five startups pitch their companies in 99 seconds at Graybox in Portland, OR; 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 11.
- That’s Debatable: Washington State Can Decarbonize in a Decade: A panel discussion about the reality of the state’s plans to eliminate carbon at Seattle University in Seattle; 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11.