In Silicon Valley time, Ellen Pao is beyond prime time.
This is a youthful striver who made what were all the right moves prior to a totally disruptive economy. She earned the M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School. Advanced degrees from elite universities were once the guaranteed ticket to sustained professional success.
Then the world changed. Emotional intelligence and gut instincts in fields like venture capital were more the platform for success than raw higher education. Along the way, Pao was adding on the years.
One wonders if aging was among the factors which triggered her seeming errors in judgment.
Had she been in her 20s, would she have assessed that her career path at venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins, was a bad fit and simply looked for another job? When finances got dicey in her household, if she were younger, she might have concluded she was capable of making millions and not even considered suing?
Research and experience show that opportunity and compensation tend to decrease with aging. There are exceptions. The Clintons, Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet and Betty White are among them.
There's a documentary in this. It could be titled: Broken Dreams, Aging and Silicon Valley.