Megan Rose Dickey

Megan Rose Dickey is a reporter at TechCrunch focused on diversity, inclusion, belonging and social impact in the tech industry. You’ll also probably find her writing about the on-demand space from time to time.

She previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry.

She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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  • White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues

    White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues

    The country faces a plethora of issues that affect millions of people every day. Although there has been some progress as a society around pro-LGBTQ legislation and healthcare, there is a lot left to be done around poverty, criminal justice reform, federal statistics around LGBTQ people, youth solutions, mental health, the environment, education and inclusion in tech. Today at the White… Read More

  • Lyft pauses Carpool service

    Lyft pauses Carpool service

    Well, that was fast. Less than five months ago, Lyft launched a Carpool feature for people commuting outside of San Francisco city limits. The idea was that people would pick up passengers on their way to work and make anywhere from $4 to $10 per ride. The service, which was only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, has since shut down because not enough drivers were interested in… Read More

  • Trans women and non-binary femme tech entrepreneurs have a new legal resource

    Trans women and non-binary femme tech entrepreneurs have a new legal resource

    Transgender and gender non-conforming people are at risk of injustice and discrimination in education, housing, healthcare, public accommodations and employment. As a result of such widespread discrimination against trans and gender non-conforming people, they can be subject to exclusion from spaces that offer tools and resources around entrepreneurship and business… Read More

  • Low-income students will soon be able to get federal aid to attend coding bootcamps

    Low-income students will soon be able to get federal aid to attend coding bootcamps

    Coding bootcamps can be quite costly. In order to combat that, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new experimental initiative in partnership with colleges and universities to enable students to pay for certain coding bootcamps using federal financial aid. Through the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships, students will be able to apply for federal financial aid… Read More

  • Culture Amp launches its own take on performance reviews

    Culture Amp launches its own take on performance reviews

    Since launching five years ago, Culture Amp has focused on employee engagement and corporate culture. Now, Culture Amp is tackling the performance review space — something its CEO Didier Elzinga (pictured above) has wanted to do since day one — with the launch of the Employee Effectiveness tool. “We built an early version of this when I started the company,” Elzinga… Read More

  • Food-sharing startup Josephine doesn’t want to be like the rest of the gig economy

    Food-sharing startup Josephine doesn’t want to be like the rest of the gig economy

    Silicon Valley’s gig economy isn’t known for being very supportive of its core workers — the ones working on the ground, making deliveries and picking up and dropping off passengers. The “best” cases in point are Uber and Lyft, two on-demand ride companies that have been resistant to allow drivers to access their fair share of wealth. Josephine, the startup… Read More

  • Intel has a leaky bucket

    Intel has a leaky bucket

    This apparently bears repeating: putting resources toward attracting and hiring diverse candidates is useless if you can’t retain them. I’m looking at you, Intel. Intel, which last year made a $300 million commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, released its mid-year diversity report yesterday, and the results are nothing to be proud about. Intel has until 2020 to… Read More

  • Flex, a tampon alternative you can wear during sex, just raised $1 million

    Flex, a tampon alternative you can wear during sex, just raised $1 million

    The Flex Company, the makers of a disc-shaped tampon alternative, has raised $1 million from Y Combinator, Amplify.LA and several others and acquired menstrual disc competitor Softcup for an undisclosed amount. Flex now owns all of the market’s menstrual disc products, which the company says are ultimately easier to use than tampons and menstrual cups. The discs, which have not… Read More

  • SmartPath wants to help your employees manage their finances

    SmartPath wants to help your employees manage their finances

    Managing your finances can be tough, especially if no one has ever taken the time to sit down with you and explain how it all works. SmartPath, a Y-Combinator backed company, aims to help low-income people, and the 75% of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, better manage their finances by enabling them to make sure they spend less than they make. “You haven’t taught people how… Read More

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson says Apple is ‘setting the pace’ around diversity and inclusion

    Rev. Jesse Jackson says Apple is ‘setting the pace’ around diversity and inclusion

    About one year ago, Apple unveiled a diversity site featuring its employee representation data and a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Today, Apple has revealed its latest diversity numbers, showing slight but consistent improvement year over year. Worldwide, Apple is 68 percent male and 32 percent female (last year, Apple was… Read More

  • Self-checkout startup Selfycart wants to help you avoid lines at the grocery store

    Self-checkout startup Selfycart wants to help you avoid lines at the grocery store

    Waiting in line at the grocery store is no fun — not for the customer nor for the store owner. Selfycart, a self-checkout startup participating in Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, wants to make it so you’ll never have to wait in line at the grocery store again. On Monday, Selfycart is launching its service at Rainbow Grocery, a San Francisco-based cooperative grocery… Read More

  • Chariot launches service for people who don’t work downtown

    Chariot launches service for people who don’t work downtown

    Chariot, the commuter shuttle company that can transport up to 14 people at a time, just launched a new service for people who work in San Francisco’s residential neighborhoods and may need to get back to a BART stop or Caltrain station at night. “Now, we’re going to be able to serve a whole new swath of customers,” Chariot CEO Ali Vahabzadeh told me, like firefighters… Read More

  • The other pipeline

    The other pipeline

    Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal never thought he would end up in prison, let alone the tech industry. What he did envision, he tells me, was dying before the age of 25 or 30. “I saw so many people around me dying at such a young age that my long-term vision just wasn’t in focus,” Leal tells me. “I was just focused on what was right in front me.” Read More

  • Instagram to roll out anti-harassment tools

    Instagram to roll out anti-harassment tools

    Online harassment is a big problem, with 40 percent of all people on the internet having reported experiencing some form of harassment online, according to Pew Research Center. In order to combat harassment on Instagram, the photo-sharing platform is gearing up to let people with “high volume content threads” filter their comment streams, or just turn them off entirely, The… Read More

  • Sprig pauses food delivery service in Chicago, lays off seven people

    Sprig pauses food delivery service in Chicago, lays off seven people

    Sprig is making some changes to its delivery model, and in order to do it as efficiently as possible, the company is pausing its operations in Chicago and laying off seven team members across its marketing and operations teams. Sprig has also let go its local staffers in Chicago, the company later clarified, which includes its drivers and kitchen staff. In reviewing different aspects of… Read More

  • Density raises $4 million to track crowds at the DMV, theme parks and corporate campuses

    Density raises $4 million to track crowds at the DMV, theme parks and corporate campuses

    The Department of Motor Vehicles is one of the most notorious ways to waste your life away. Density could help ease this pain. Today, Density is launching its people-counting sensor for measuring how many people are inside a space at any given time. The company is also announcing a $4 million Series A round led by Upfront Ventures Managing Partner Mark Suster with participation from… Read More

  • Reddit is still in turmoil

    Reddit is still in turmoil

    Although Pao was seen as the driving force behind efforts to make Reddit respectable enough to appeal to advertisers, the company continued its clean-up after her departure, making diverse hires and keeping up with the anti-harassment policy instituted during Pao’s tenure. But Reddit, led by CEO Steve Huffman, seems to be struggling with its reform. Over the past six months, over a… Read More

  • Yahoo’s head of diversity and inclusion is woke

    Yahoo’s head of diversity and inclusion is woke

    Yahoo’s first diversity report in 2014 was a wake-up call for Margenett Moore-Roberts. At the time, she was working heads-down as senior director of Yahoo’s video advertising strategy and facilitating $50 million a year in revenue. “I hadn’t looked up until our diversity report was published,” Moore-Roberts tells me. “I was surprised, to say the least. Read More

  • Kiip, a mobile rewards startup, raises $12 million Series C round

    Kiip, a mobile rewards startup, raises $12 million Series C round

    Mobile advertising can be really intrusive. But, if done right, you might not even notice you’re being advertised to. That’s what mobile rewards startup Kiip is all about. It allows advertisers to seamlessly integrate relevant content and rewards into mobile apps. Today, Kiip has announced the close of its $12 million Series C round led by North Atlantic Capital with new… Read More

  • Female coder and runner emojis are coming soon

    Female coder and runner emojis are coming soon

    Thanks to Google, the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee has agreed to add 11 new emoji that represent professions for men and women across all races. Back in May, Google proposed a new set of emojis to the Unicode Technical Committee that “represents a wide range of professions for women and men with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls… Read More

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