Diversity Archive

Salesforce’s shift into equality

It’s important for tech companies to have at least one voice at the senior leadership table that advocates for issues around equality, diversity and inclusion. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case for many companies in the tech industry. Salesforce, a company that said a year ago that a major focus for it was “the women’s issue,” recently became an exception to the rule with the hiring of Tony Prophet, its first-ever …

Funders must give minority founders a fair deal

Kathleen Kelly Janus Crunch Network Contributor Kathleen Kelly Janus is a lecturer at Stanford’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. How to join the network I learned a shocking statistic recently: Less than 1 percent of venture capital funding goes to black founders. This must change. Minority founders are, in general, more in need of outside financial support. For many people of color, the “friends and family” plan …

Palantir says it didn’t racially discriminate against Asian people

Palantir Technologies has come out and said that it did not discriminate against Asian people, Fortune reports. This comes after the U.S. Department of Labor sued the company for alleged racial discrimination against Asian people in its hiring and selection process. According to the DOL’s suit, Palantir allegedly used a hiring process that discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering roles, “routinely eliminated” qualified Asian applicants in …

Kickstarting a steampunk anthology focused on "characters that are disabled or aneurotypical"

Steven writes, “The team (full disclosure: that includes me) that created the award-winning multicultural steampunk anthology ‘Steampunk World‘ are now crowdfunding another steampunk anthology – this time with a focus on characters that are disabled or aneurotypical.” Two and a half years ago, we brought you the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, a diverse collection of steampunk fiction. Since then, there have been …

Tyra Banks on startup investing and her new TV show

Tyra Banks rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco this afternoon. The supermodel turned entrepreneur and startup investor was there to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Tyra Beauty. Tyra Beauty is both “beauty business and badassery,” Banks quipped in a video chat with TechCrunch. It’s a “cosmetics experience, not a cosmetics line.” She spoke of the business …

Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people make up nearly 40% of the 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness every year. Meanwhile, trans people are almost four times more likely than the average American to be living on less than $10,000 a year. In short, there’s a bevy of issues that negatively impact the LGBTQ community. It’s time to do something about that. Grindr, the hookup app …

The competitive advantage of diversity

The word “diversity” — derived from the Old French diversité, meaning “unique” — has been part of the English language for almost 1,000 years. But over the last decade it has become a cause célèbre, grabbing global headlines more than 30 million times as we examine diversity — or the lack of it — in every aspect our lives. We enjoy “diversion” in our pastimes, …

A cautionary tale about humans creating biased AI models

Matt Bencke is CEO of Spare5. Previously, he worked at Getty Images, Microsoft and Boeing. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Most artificial intelligence models are built and trained by humans, and therefore have the potential to learn, perpetuate and massively scale the human trainers’ biases. This is the word of warning put forth in two illuminating articles published earlier this …

There’s still a gender wage gap in tech

Facebook and Apple recently declared that there’s no wage gap between men and women at their respective companies. That’s cool, I guess, but that type of men-versus-women analysis is far too simplistic. There’s still a major wage gap that affects transgender and gender non-conforming people in the tech industry. Between December 2015 and February 2016, Trans*H4CK, the nonprofit organization that aims to serve and support the trans …

What It's Like to Be a "Third Culture Kid" in the Age of Social Media

Instagram is pretty effing dope.I know that sounds arbitrary, but just think about it: you follow people, sometimes they follow you back; you can watch, emulate, fawn over, covet, inspire, and be inspired by these people who, oftentimes, you don’t even know! You can find similarities with these … Continue reading Source link