Silicon Valley, You Are Officially On Notice

Logically, you know certain things happen, racism, sexism, those sorts of things. You know they’re out there. But over time – and over exposure – you become desensitized to them. They may even stop being a daily pain point. Maybe your circumstances change, and you’re lucky enough to remove yourself from constant evidence of their … Continue reading Silicon Valley, You Are Officially On Notice

Ellen Pao and the Glass Cliff #Reddit #gender #bias #discrimination

Ellen Pao, interim-CEO at Reddit, was fired last week.  I wish I could say it was a surprise, but the woman’s been underwater from the jump, beginning as technology journalist Sarah Lacy told CNN, with being named “interim-CEO.” It’s like informally calling someone a placeholder. Good luck establishing your authority from that point – when … Continue reading Ellen Pao and the Glass Cliff #Reddit #gender #bias #discrimination

Diversity at Google Off to a Good Start #diversity #technology

It’s been more than a year since Google published its diversity statistics, starting a trend amid the big Silicon Valley tech companies and confirming what women and minorities already knew: The industry is mostly populated by white and Asian men. Google

But, unlike some of the big name tech leaders, Google is doing something about it. According to Business Insider, today the company’s VP of people operations Nancy Lee published a blog post outlining the concrete ways the company has changed its numbers in the past year, and its plans for 2015.

Lee told USA Today Google spent $115 million on diversity initiatives in 2014, and plans to spend $150 million this year. According to Lee’s blog post, those efforts and resources will focus on four key areas: Continue reading “Diversity at Google Off to a Good Start #diversity #technology”

Hey Apple, Nice Gesture #diversity #inclusion #technology

Earlier this week Apple announced $10K in scholarships for minorities in the tech industry. Great! After that big reveal of diversity data from most of the tech big wigs in Silicon Valley a few weeks back, here’s a leader in the industry making a definitive move to put its money where its mouth is.Apple money

Well, maybe. When you read the headline, it’s like, cool beans. Apple has acknowledged there’s a lack of diversity in tech and has come up with a solution help feed the pipeline to change that. But when you think about it, meh. Continue reading “Hey Apple, Nice Gesture #diversity #inclusion #technology”