diversity

  • Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service

    Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service

    Women 2.0, a for-profit for-good media business that works to bring women into the tech industry and help them succeed there, has appointed Kate Brodock as President and Elisa Miller-Out as COO, according to founder Shaherose Charania.   Charania will maintain a board seat, she said. The changing of the guard comes for Women 2.0 after a phase of scaling back. Founded in April 2006… Read More

  • Apply now for Include Office Hours with General Catalyst and CrunchFund!

    Apply now for Include Office Hours with General Catalyst and CrunchFund!

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening on August 31st! Adam Valkin, Spencer Lazar and Peter Boyce from General Catalyst in NYC, along with Pat Gallagher and Susan Hobbs from CrunchFund in SF, will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for… Read More

  • It’s a new era for female Israeli entrepreneurs Crunch Network

    It’s a new era for female Israeli entrepreneurs

    The Israeli startup scene has dramatically changed within a couple of years because of the significant increase in investment prospects, events, meet-ups, competitions, lectures, academic programs and more. Especially interesting are the recent alterations in the diversity of the entrepreneurs, with more and more women entering the previously male-dominated startup habitat. Read More

  • The silver lining of Google’s diversity efforts

    The silver lining of Google’s diversity efforts

    Google has had a big week around diversity. The company gifted a $2.8 million office space inside its New York City building to Black Girls Code, appointed Roger Ferguson, an African-American finance executive, to its board of directors, and released its latest diversity report. Most of this was good news. Having a space inside Google’s office could potentially give Black Girls… Read More

  • National Science Foundation allots $1.5M to kid-focused maker projects

    National Science Foundation allots $1.5M to kid-focused maker projects

    To celebrate 2016’s Week of Making (don’t tell me you forgot!), the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1.5 million to five small projects looking to get kids involved with STEM topics, creative play and generally making stuff. Read More

  • Apply now for Include Office Hours with Pejman Mar Ventures and ffVC!

    Apply now for Include Office Hours with Pejman Mar Ventures and ffVC!

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening on June 16th! Pejman Nozad, Mar Hershenson, Ajay Kamat and Neda Blocho from Pejman Mar Ventures, along with Adam Plotkin from ffVC, will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to… Read More

  • Just 27 hours left to apply for Include Office Hours with Homebrew Ventures

    Just 27 hours left to apply for Include Office Hours with Homebrew Ventures

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening on May 24th! Satya Patel, Beth Scheer and Hunter Walk from Homebrew Ventures will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. The Office… Read More

  • The lack of women in tech is more than a pipeline problem Crunch Network

    The lack of women in tech is more than a pipeline problem

    Only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women. It’s worse at the top of the corporate world — just 5 percent of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women. Read More

  • Tech has more of an exclusion problem than a culture problem

    Tech has more of an exclusion problem than a culture problem

    The tech industry’s diversity problems are exacerbated by its obsession with genius coders and brilliant founders, Carissa Romero, a partner at the diversity consulting startup Paradigm, said today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Romero, who took part in a panel of diversity advocates, said that the mentality that geniuses are born rather than created through experience and practice can… Read More

  • Weak ties matter Crunch Network

    Weak ties matter

    I’m going to drop some science on you — social science — about how to recruit a diverse team of high performers. In 1973, Stanford sociology professor Mark Granovetter published an empirical paper called The Strength of Weak Ties. If you’re wondering about the validity of a 40-year-old study on hiring for today, consider that Professor Granovetter is one of the pioneers… Read More

  • Tech’s new diversity leaders explain how they plan to fix sexism and racism in the industry

    Tech’s new diversity leaders explain how they plan to fix sexism and racism in the industry

    Tech’s freshman class of diversity and inclusion leaders gathered at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s PUSHTech 2020 conference today to answer the question, “What now?” Within the last six months, Dropbox, Pinterest, Airbnb, Twitter and Intuit have all hired employees charged with correcting their diversity problems. Read More

  • TaskRabbit announces plan to increase hiring of black employees

    TaskRabbit announces plan to increase hiring of black employees

    TaskRabbit announced a detailed plan to improve the diversity of its workforce today. The plan is part of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Tech 2020 initiative, which aims to increase black representation and inclusion throughout the tech industry. Read More

  • 3 reasons New York City is the best place to start a tech company Crunch Network

    3 reasons New York City is the best place to start a tech company

    In terms of venture capital dollars, it’s still hard to beat Silicon Valley. The latest figures have Bay Area companies gobbling up about 15 percent of the world’s venture capital. Factor in San Jose and Los Angeles and that share climbs to nearly one-third of the all the money raised by private companies in 2015. By contrast, New York City companies raised just 5 percent… Read More

  • Women in tech: What’s the real problem? Crunch Network

    Women in tech: What’s the real problem?

    In my 20-plus years in tech, and now in Silicon Valley as part of a tech foundation that supports innovations, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with many entrepreneurs and help foster the growth of dozens of startups for social good. As a woman, the fact that I’m still working in tech, and in a leadership position, is not lost on me. Read More

  • INNOVATE2016: Silicon Valley needs to address equality or risk being vilified in the U.S.

    INNOVATE2016: Silicon Valley needs to address equality or risk being vilified in the U.S.

    Entrepreneurs and investors need to build innovative products and services that benefit everyone, and not just the privileged. Unless Silicon Valley becomes more inclusive, eventually the populists will begin to bracket big tech with big banks and big oil as an enemy of ordinary Americans. Read More

  • Tim Cook joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ board

    Tim Cook joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ board

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining the board of directors of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit organization founded by the Kennedy family. Cook has been an outspoken CEO, personally defending equality and civil rights. In December 2015, Cook already received the Ripple of Hope Award from the nonprofit organization. But Apple’s CEO is taking its public involvement for human… Read More

  • PayPal cancels plan to hire 400 people in North Carolina to protest anti-LGBT law

    PayPal cancels plan to hire 400 people in North Carolina to protest anti-LGBT law

    PayPal is taking a strong stance in favor of the LGBT community. A couple of weeks ago, North Carolina lawmakers passed a disappointing law that prohibits protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This law also discriminates transgender people by forcing them to go to the wrong bathroom. PayPal won’t accept that and said <a… Read More

  • Feminism is in the details Crunch Network

    Feminism is in the details

    The topic of women in tech can take on different forms. It is about women’s positions and promotions (or the lack thereof) in the tech industry, with initiatives meant to help women network, find opportunities or hold discriminating industry leaders accountable. It is also about developing technology that can help us make this world kinder to women, by offering solutions to problems… Read More

  • Why Facebook Hosted 200+ African-American Students From The SF Bay Area

    Why Facebook Hosted 200+ African-American Students From The SF Bay Area

    Just one day after Mark Zuckerberg’s internal memo leaked, which asked employees to stop crossing out Black Lives Matter slogans, Facebook hosted more than 200 African-American students from the San Francisco Bay Area. The day-long field trip to Facebook this past Friday, which had been weeks in the making as part of Black History Month, was spearheaded by the employee resource… Read More

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