diversity

  • Slack’s director of engineering, Leslie Miley, doesn’t believe in diversity quotas

    Slack’s director of engineering, Leslie Miley, doesn’t believe in diversity quotas

    Silicon Valley has a huge diversity problem, but a blunt instrument hiring quotas for diverse candidates still isn’t the answer, according to Slack head of engineering Leslie Miley. Instead, Silicon Valley — and Slack — have to get inventive, and look in some non-obvious places, to figure out how to bring in candidates that are outside the traditional Silicon Valley… Read More

  • A cautionary tale about humans creating biased AI models Crunch Network

    A cautionary tale about humans creating biased AI models

    The AI field lacks diversity — even more spectacularly than most of our software industry. When an AI practitioner builds a data set on which to train his or her algorithm, it is likely that the data set will only represent one worldview: the practitioner’s. The resulting AI model demonstrates a non-diverse “intelligence” at best, and a biased or even offensive one… Read More

  • VideoBlocks wants stock media to keep it real, launches “The Authentic Collection”

    VideoBlocks wants stock media to keep it real, launches “The Authentic Collection”

    VideoBlocks, the stock media company that gives subscribers unlimited access to its catalog of images, videos and audio clips for an annual subscription, wants stock media to look less whitewashed and more like the real deal. But no stock media marketplace can purge every image that reflects “conventional” beauty or caters to other stereotypes. (Those images have their time… Read More

  • 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

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