inclusion

  • One barrier to diversity in tech is a culture of genius Crunch Network

    One barrier to diversity in tech is a culture of genius

    It’s no secret that the tech industry struggles with diversity. While there are a number of factors limiting progress, one that’s often overlooked is the industry’s fixed mindset — its belief that intelligence, talent and abilities are fixed traits. This manifests as a culture that views brilliance as critical to success, and where some people are seen as inherently… Read More

  • Google Maps now notes if a location is wheelchair accessible

    Google Maps now notes if a location is wheelchair accessible

    “Can I get in the building?” It might not be a question you find yourself asking regularly — but for the 3 million+ wheelchair users in the U.S., it’s a question that has to be considered. And starting now, it’s one that Google Maps is trying to help answer. “Wheelchair accessible entrance” will now be noted in a location’s… Read More

  • Google’s head of diversity is leaving the company

    Google’s head of diversity is leaving the company

    Google’s head of diversity, Nancy Lee, is retiring from Google after several years of leading the company’s global diversity and inclusion team, TechCrunch has learned. Lee, who originally joined Google’s legal team back in 2006, has been working on diversity at Google for the last few years. She started her diversity efforts as director of people operations in 2010, and… Read More

  • VR and inclusivity Crunch Network

    VR and inclusivity

    A billion-dollar industry is taking off, and we are excited that it has the potential to transform the lives of disabled people. But whatever the promise of this amazing tech, the industry has to move quickly to understand the needs and abilities of a full range of people and make sure it can offer a great experience for every possible user. Read More

  • What it will take to create inclusive high-tech incubators and accelerators Crunch Network

    What it will take to create inclusive high-tech incubators and accelerators

    The success of high-tech accelerators has ignited the creation of similar models around the country hoping to replicate their accomplishments. But their achievements have not come without criticism. The exclusivity of the high-tech sector in general is reflected in the lack of diverse entrepreneurs being supported by high-tech accelerators and, to a lesser degree, by high-tech incubators. Read More

  • The role of telepresence robotics in workforce inclusion Crunch Network

    The role of telepresence robotics in workforce inclusion

    Let’s pause on the robots-are-taking-over-our-jobs panic for a minute and take a look at how some robots — telepresence robots, specifically — could be used to give access not only to jobs but to meaningful and rewarding careers for a historically overlooked and excluded population — people with disabilities. 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

  • Twitter Hires New VP Of Diversity And Inclusion From Apple

    Twitter Hires New VP Of Diversity And Inclusion From Apple

    Twitter has hired Jeffrey Siminoff to replace Janet Van Huysse as the company’s new vice president of diversity and inclusion. The news was announced on, yep, Twitter, by its head of human resources, Brian Schipper. Siminoff, who starts in January, seems like a great fit for this role. He’s joining Twitter from Apple, where he was the director of worldwide inclusion and… Read More