diversity

  • Venture’s Angels Crunch Network

    Venture’s Angels

    Gender diversity statistics in technology are depressingly, familiarly, terrible. Top tech companies have an average of ~70 percent male workforce, with board and c-suite diversity in the single digits. Venture capital funding is similarly grim with only 6 percent of funds employing female funders, down from 10 percent in 1999. One marked shift from the last dot-com boom however, is the rise… Read More

  • To Get Women Into Computer Science, Sheryl Sandberg Launches Lean In Mentorship Network

    To Get Women Into Computer Science, Sheryl Sandberg Launches Lean In Mentorship Network

    Only 18 percent of computer science majors are women. To help fix this “funnel problem” and balance the genders in tech, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In project is starting a “CS&E Chapter.” Potential and current women in computer science and engineering can join the chapter to connect with each other for advising and support. Read More

  • Prioritizing Diversity In 2015 Crunch Network

    Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

    At a recent forum on diversity in tech, Google’s Director of Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion, Yolanda Mangolini, explained that it is incredibly hard to move the needle on diversity by even 1% at Google’s size. In a blog post on how to recruit more women into tech companies, Jennifer Dulski, President and COO of Change.org, echoed the same sentiment, advising startup… Read More

  • Transforming The Conversation On Women In Computer Science Crunch Network

    Transforming The Conversation On Women In Computer Science

    Barbie and Mattel made news recently in the world of computer science. While initial reaction to Mattel’sBarbie “I Can Be a Computer Engineer” book focused on all-too-common and inaccurate stereotypes, conversation that has developed around the book is actually helping to shine the spotlight on two very important issues. Read More

  • It’s Computer Science Ed Week And It’s Time To Do Something Crunch Network

    It’s Computer Science Ed Week And It’s Time To Do Something

    It’s Computer Science Education Week and for thousands of students around the country, that means nothing. So what can you do about it? Thankfully, as a member of the tech community, you can do something. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Plan To Become More Diverse

    Microsoft’s Plan To Become More Diverse

    At its annual shareholder’s meeting this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Chairman John Thompson fielded a series of questions from the Reverend Jesse Jackson concerning diversity inside the technology company. The set of queries gave Microsoft a chance to address how it approaches the issue. Read More

  • Proposed Changes To Emoji Standard Would Allow For More Diversity, Increased Selection Of Skin Tones

    Proposed Changes To Emoji Standard Would Allow For More Diversity, Increased Selection Of Skin Tones

    Last summer, an article on Fast Company asked an important question related to the increasingly popular picture-based character set called emoji, now found on the majority of modern smartphones: Are emoji racist? The problem, the post pointed out, is that the people characters in the emoji set based on the Unicode standard tended to be overwhelmingly white. Where was the diversity? Where… Read More

  • Amazon’s Diversity Report Is Another White-Male-Dominated Tech Story

    Amazon’s Diversity Report Is Another White-Male-Dominated Tech Story

    Amazon is the latest tech company to drop diversity figures, quietly slipping them out on Friday, the day of choice for entities hoping to roll bad news into the rush of an impending weekend. So what was Amazon keen not to shout about? It’s another lack of diversity in tech story. Read More

  • Microsoft’s CEO Apologizes Again For Comments On Women, Promises New Diversity Efforts

    Microsoft’s CEO Apologizes Again For Comments On Women, Promises New Diversity Efforts

    Microsoft is working to repair its public image and change course by addressing the damage that CEO Satya Nadella caused last week by saying that women should, perhaps, not ask for raises. His comments immediately became an international high water mark for tone-deafness — and being flat wrong — and he continues to apologize and promise change. Read More

  • This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future

    This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future

    2014 is the year that work became a central point of discussion in Silicon Valley. For the engineers and knowledge workers in the region, issues of diversity and inclusion finally got their turn in the limelight, forcing us to question our deeply-held views about the meritocracy of Silicon Valley. We also had to confront news that several of our most iconic technology companies conspired to… Read More

  • Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem Crunch Network

    Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Why are there so embarrassingly few women in the tech industry? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem. Read More