Ellen Pao  and attorney Alan Exelrod walk to their courtroom before the start of her trial at San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California. Photograph:  REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the investment firm that has backed tech companies from Google to Amazon, fired a woman junior partner after sh(...)

Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, stands for a photograph in his San Francisco home. Perkins has apologised for comparing today’s treatment of wealthy Americans to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, but stands by his message around class warfare. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

When Tom Perkins, founder of the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers wrote a letter to the Wall Stre(...)

In a letter to the editor of the ‘Wall Street Journal’ Tom Perkins lamented public criticism of the “1 per cent” – and compared such criticism to Nazi attacks on the Jews. Photograph: Getty

Rising inequality has obvious economic costs: stagnant wages despite rising productivity, rising debt that makes us more vulnerable to financial crisi(...)