Diversity

  • Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator

    Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator

    We’ve had plenty of time to get used to our robot overlords — and Boston Dynamics is helping us get there. This week on CTRL-T we talk about the company’s addition of a door-opening arm to its SpotMini robot. We then switch gears and discuss Facebook’s Messenger for Kids. Later in the episode, MRD chats with Lanese Martin, co-founder of the Hood Incubator. Read More

  • Uber, Google and other tech employees form Coalition of Black Excellence

    Uber, Google and other tech employees form Coalition of Black Excellence

    When black employee resource groups from a variety of tech companies come together, black magic happens. More specifically, black excellence happens. The Coalition of Black Excellence Week, spearheaded by Uber Litigation Counsel Angela Johnson in collaboration with black ERGs from over 40 tech companies like Facebook, Google, eBay, Lyft and Microsoft, kicks off this Monday in the San Francisco… Read More

  • National Labor Relations Board rejected Damore’s claim that Google fired him unjustly

    National Labor Relations Board rejected Damore’s claim that Google fired him unjustly

    A federal body overseeing labor disputes advised the dismissal of Jeremy Damore’s claim that Google fired him unjustly for his controversial memo regarding inclusion and diversity programs at the company. Citing similar precedents, the NLRB counsel deemed parts of the memo “so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive” as to shed their status as protected speech in the workplace. Read More

  • Uncommon.co launches and raises $18m to bring objectivity and efficiency to hiring

    Uncommon.co launches and raises $18m to bring objectivity and efficiency to hiring

    Traditional models of recruiting are a mess. At companies like Google, quite literally millions of people apply for open roles, forcing hundreds of recruiters to sift through thousands of resumes per job opening. Worse, in their race to process through those applicants, recruiters often use fuzzy and subjective impressions of a candidate to match them to a role, rather than clear and… Read More

  • Slack adds Edith Cooper to board of directors

    Slack adds Edith Cooper to board of directors

    Slack had added Edith Cooper, who most recently served as the global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs, to its board of directors. As Slack prepares “for accelerated growth at scale,” Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield wrote in a blog post today, Cooper marks Slack’s second independent board member. “She has an unrivaled depth of experience in the hardest… Read More

  • Lyft partners with Black Girls Code to help develop a more diverse tech industry

    Lyft partners with Black Girls Code to help develop a more diverse tech industry

    Lyft has teamed up with Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting more black girls involved in computer programming and technology, to make the non-profit organization one of its Round Up & Donate partners. Since launching the Round Up & Donate program eight months ago, Lyft riders have donated over $4 million to causes. Other partners include SickKids… Read More

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