Tag Archive: Diversity
YC founding partner (and Women 2.0 conference speaker) shares her thoughts on how the changing tech industry is diversifying the accelerator’s applicant pool.
A VC asks for help around a new metric he’s tracking: underrepresented founders.
Like many Silicon Valley companies, Apple has faced criticism for a lack of female and minority leadership. Now, the company is vowing to diversify.
How an Orthodox Israeli woman went from a small-town online shoe retailer to a high-tech startup, and what she learned about diversity along the way.
The key to female-founded Hearsay Social’s culture of diversity? A love of debate and a few foundational principles that makes such productive discussion possible.
Brad Feld and I are writing a book, Startup Boards, where we raise the fundamental question – can you proactively build an all-star, high-performing board?
By Mahendra Ramsinghani (Contributor, Forbes)
Today, no woman is giving a spirited “I have a dream…” speech to founders and entrepreneurs, seeking a balanced startup board. Such issues are best left for public company boards, non-profits or the likes of girl-scout cookie boards.
Conference diversity is a window into the tech community’s diversity and is a ratio we can all help to change.
By Suzanne Axtell (Technology Evangelist, O’Reilly)
We collectively bemoan the fact that there aren’t enough women in the technical community. But in order to raise the visibility of women in the industry – as well as encourage girls and young women to join the industry in the first place – we all have to make like Sheryl Sandberg says and take a seat at the table. Or, as the case
There’s a persistent signal:noise problem across the Web and women can do a lot to help solve this issue. We can do it because we’re great at contextualizing info and evaluating it in a way that’s different from what currently exists.
By Twain Liu (Founder, Senseus)
They say entrepreneurs are irrational optimists so I must be one. Who else but an irrational optimist is developing technology that might enable them to discern why consumers are buying their products and not just an app that teaches us how to apply lipstick
It is not important that you haven’t spoke at PyCon or another conference before. But do prove that why you should now. Taken from Brainstorming: Writing a PyCon Proposal.
By Lynn Root (Founder, PyLadies San Francisco)
While this post is for PyCon, the US-based conference for Python developers, users, educators, and everyone with an interest in Python, this advice can apply to any language-centric conferences, even the topic suggestions themselves.
“Hey you! Ever thought about submitting a proposal?”
“What? oh no, no no no.”
“What would I talk about? I have nothing to say!”
So how about this:
Software engineer Tracy Chou answers the Quora question “What are some particularly female engineer-friendly companies to work for in San Francisco?”
By Tracy Chou (Software Engineer, Pinterest)
It’s the first place, in school or professionally, that I’ve not been aware or made aware of my gender, ever, in any situation. I don’t feel like a female engineer.
I’m just an engineer, and I’m expected and empowered to do great work like every other engineer on the team.
This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.
By Matthew Prince (Co-Founder & CEO, CloudFlare)
Geeklist must never have learned the first rule of holes: When you’re in one, stop digging. I was all the way on the other side of the world at a conference held at a random amusement park in the German countryside and it still seemed like the Geeklist boys had almost dug their way to me.
I first got wind of the incident, which appears to have reignited the women in tech debate, from an Australian who was also attending the conference. “Silicon valley hasn’t changed since I left there years ago,” he said over a beer. “Still a bunch of frat boys
By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)
So if it isn’t obvious, I want to clarify that the title of this post is just a catch-title. But I also want to clarify that the organization Black Founders is not just for black people. In fact, the organization is created for all. This statement does not take away from the mission of “increasing the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology”. But an attempt to uncover the broader purpose of organizations that are founded in diversity and equality.
I attended a couple of startup networking events this week. Typical protocol at these events is to introduce who you are and
By Jennifer Lindner (Organizer, RailsBridge & Freelance Open Source Developer)
What is Harvey Mudd doing so right, you ask? Well, we’ll tell you:
Since 2006, the percentage of female computer science majors has more than tripled, to about 40%.
This is because of revolutionary changes in the program designed to build confidence during the early stages of learning.
Intro to computer science (CS), a requirement for all incoming students, is now broken into three sections — one for total beginners, one for those with some programming experience and
By Blake Landau (Blogger, What’s Your Story)
It’s official, the tech industry is a major laggard in gender diversity at the highest levels of the corporate ladder, at least according to an extensive study produced by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management pioneered by Research Specialist Amanda Kimball.
I attended a panel of senior executives at Deloitte in downtown San Francisco last week. The event was co-produced with Watermark, a non-profit that aims to support women in leadership, for the purpose of discussing the results of the 2011 UC Davis report on California Women Business Leaders with alarming statistics
By Zach Holman (Ego Surfer, GitHub)
Yesterday Penelope Trunk wrote a guest post on TechCrunch that told us all to “Stop Telling Women To Do Startups”.
Pardon me while I do just the opposite.
Startups don’t need to suck.
Trunk’s article has a lot of arguments that just aren’t relevant to the problem of getting more women in startups. Most of them are an indictment against startups in general
By Lisa Suennen (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Psilos Group)
On November 21, the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource released the results of the 2011 Venture Census, which reported statistics about ethnicity, gender and other characteristics of the venture capital industry garnered from a poll that included 600 VC industry participants.
Not surprisingly, the Census reaffirmed what most of us already knew: it’s good to be a white male. Of the total 600 respondents, 87% were Caucasian, 9% were Asian, 2% were African American or Latino, and 2% were of mixed race. This is pretty much exactly the same as when
By Eric Ries (Contributing Writer, TechCrunch)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.”
I’d like to say a few words about this, but I want to do so under special ground rules.
By Jolie O’Dell (Writer, VentureBeat)
The shopworn adage “It takes all kinds of people to make a world” is never more controversial than when applied to technology startups.
“It takes all kinds of people to make a product” is much less accepted; diversity often gets short shrift when meritocracy is a supposed ideal and both time and funding are short.
However, having diversity of all kinds on a startup team can actually end up saving time and money. In this interview, Julia Hu, founder of Lark, explains exactly how and why founders