The week’s top quotes in business are about the controversial memo at Google about women in tech, as well as about the scarcity of local homes for sale; Wal-Mart; and game-maker Valve.

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“It’s insidious and it’s all around the culture.”

Megan Smith, former Google vice president and U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama, on the views about women promoted by fired Google engineer.


“As far as I know, I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment.”

James Damore, the fired Google engineer

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“It’s just slim pickings out there.”

George Moorhead of Bentley Properties in Bothell


“This was not the dream. But the dream does change.”

Wal-Mart employee Ashley VanHorn, who graduated from Walmart Academy’s training program but had hoped to graduate from college.



“Every once in a while someone will say ‘shouldn’t we celebrate this milestone,’ and everybody else goes ‘no, we should actually get more work done.’ There’s cool stuff we haven’t done yet.”

Gabe Newell, co-founder of Bellevue-based video-game company Valve, who doesn’t appear to have time to think about retiring.