All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Diversity’

Silicon Valley’s VC World Is Even Less Diverse Than the Non-Diverse Companies It Funds

Silicon Valley’s VC World Is Even Less Diverse Than the Non-Diverse Companies It Funds

There’s a striking lack of diversity in the tech world, and this is a well-documented fact. The biggest names in the business – Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. – have all put out diversity reports over the past few years that show this, and all have made pledges to do better. Silicon Valley is pretty white, and pretty male – especially …

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Twitter Sets Public Diversity Goals – 35% Women in the Workforce by Next Year

A couple of months ago, very white and very male company Twitter made a vague promise to build “a representative workforce, and is dedicated to ensuring fairness in all people decisions, including hiring, promoting, and paying.” Now, it’s making more specific promises. Twitter has set diversity goals, which it hopes to achieve by next year. These include a workforce that …

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Facebook Publishes Its Diversity Training Course So Others Can Use It As a ‘Framework’

Facebook, a Silicon Valley company struggling with employee diversity just like the rest, has just made public its own diversity training course. Now, anyone can watch what Facebook employees watch when it comes to what Facebook calls unconscious bias. “Managing bias can help us build stronger, more diverse and inclusive companies — and drive better business results. At Facebook, we’ve …

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Twitter, Which Employs 70% Men, Threw a ‘Frat Party’

It’s probably not a big deal for a Twitter team to get together and play some beer pong. Maybe in another climate, it wouldn’t even be a big deal to call said party a “frat party”. But when all of Silicon Valley, itself included, is facing criticism for a severe problem with gender diversity – it’s probably not the best …

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Facebook, a Year Later, Is a Little Less White, Male (a Little)

Over the past year, the gender and ethnic makeup of Facebook’s workforce didn’t really change. As of today, Facebook’s employees are 55% white and 68% male. A year ago, when Facebook reported its first diversity data, those numbers were 57% and 69%, respectively. So, progress. A little bit. “While we have achieved positive movement over the last year, it’s clear …

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Twitter Promises to Work on Its Diversity Problem

Twitter has made a promise, albeit a bit vague, to make sure its workforce is more diverse. The company has partnered with the UN’s HeForShe initiative, a “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.” “Twitter will use its full reach to advance …

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Facebook Is Requiring Minorities Be Considered for All Open Positions

Facebook has a diversity problem. Facebook is far from the only company in the Valley with a diversity problem, but it exists nonetheless. When it comes to the company’s over 10,000 employees, the landscape is very white and very male. So, what’s Facebook doing about this? It’s in the process of instituting its own “Rooney Rule”. Established in 2003, the …

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Apple Donates $50M to Further Racial & Gender Diversity in Tech

Fresh off its big smartwatch event, Apple is donating more than $50 million to groups that help promote diversity in the workplace. Specifically, Apple is donating to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that aims to help students at HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The fund’s mission is to “partner with our member-schools to increase access, retention …

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Apple Emoji Will Soon Be Much More Diverse

Apple’s emoji options are about to get much more diverse. The company has given developers a new beta of OS X, and inside contains a bunch of new, racially diverse emoji characters. In the new build, many of the human emoji now allow users to tap and hold to see options for different skin tones, as such: Apple's iOS 8.3 …

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Women Are Happiest Working for These Tech Companies

Among other things, 2014 has been the year of the diversity report. Like dominoes, tech company after tech company has made a point to release their internal diversity figures – basically, gender and ethnic breakdowns of the companies’ workforces. As more and more companies released these numbers, more and more companies felt compelled to do the same. By the end …

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Magic Johnson Offers His Expertise To Improve Diversity In Silicon Valley

The lack of diversity in Silicon Valley recently made headlines as statistics on their racial and gender make-up were revealed, showing a largely white and Asian workforce. Former basketball player turned businessman Magic Johnson is now offering his expertise to companies like Google and Apple in order to help them increase their employment of African-Americans and Hispanics. Johnson is an …

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Pandora’s Diversity Numbers Warrant Some Semblance of Praise

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first human woman created by the gods… Nah, I’m just messin’ with you – I’m not going to go down that route. Congratulations are in order, however, to Pandora Radio, for releasing the first set of diversity statistics that don’t immediately trigger a massive groan. There are groans to be had, but the initial …

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Apple’s White, Male CEO Unsatisfied with Company’s White, Maleness

Tech’s diversity problem (both in terms of gender and ethnicity) has been well documented. But in the name of transparency Apple has decided to release its own numbers for scrutiny, following similar moves by other major players. To get straight to the likely unsurprising news, Apple is pretty white and pretty full of dudes. Out of Apple’s 98,000 employees, 70 …

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eBay Sucks Slightly Less Than Others at Diversity

eBay just followed suit and released their gender and ethnic diversity figures, and it looks like the company have hurdled a pretty low bar. Or limboed a very high bar. Something easy. According to eBay, their company is made up of 58 percent male employees. This beats Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, who have all released their diversity figures …

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Pinterest: Beloved by Women, Run by Men

Pinterest, by most every account, is a female-dominated social network. One recent report found that its user base is as much as 80 percent female. Not only that, but women are making 92 percent of the pins. 92 percent! It turns out, however, that this social network, beloved by women, is pretty much run by men – just like every …

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Twitter Is (Shockingly) White and Male Like the Rest

In more tech companies are full of white guys news, Twitter says they have a lot of work to do when it comes to employee diversity. Twitter follows other major players in releasing their first ever diversity report, which shows that overall, they are a company dominated by white men – especially in their leadership circles. “We are keenly aware …

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Facebook Diversity Is As White and Male As the Rest

In top tech companies are full of white guys news, Facebook has jumped onboard the bandwagon and for the first time, made its diversity figures public. For the most part, Facebook’s gender and ethnic makeup falls in line with that of other companies who have recently revealed their numbers – Yahoo, Google, and LinkedIn. Facebook’s global makeup in 69 percent …

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Yahoo Also Kind of Sucks at Diversity

Following Google’s lead, tech companies have started to voluntarily reveal their self-reported diversity stats – basically showcasing the percentage of men vs. women and racial breakdown in their company demographics. The latest to do so is Yahoo who, despite being “committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce,” still kind of sucks at attracting, developing and retaining a diverse …

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Google Not Where It Wants To Be On Diversity

Google revealed some company diversity numbers on Wednesday, and they’re not great. Google is 70% men and 61% white. Google says it’s not happy with these numbers, and that it wants to be better at diversity. Here’s a look at some of the stats: “We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google,” says …

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Honey Maid’s Commercial Sparks Controversy

Honey Maid released a new graham cracker commercial this week, and because of the extreme diversity in the ad, the commercial has sparked controversy among viewers. The commercial shows families from all walks of life: a gay couple, a biracial couple, a single father, a military family, and a dad covered in tattoos. The tagline reads: “Honey Maid, everyday wholesome …

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Ellen Pompeo Slams 2013 Emmys For Lack Of Diversity

This year’s 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards made a lot of headlines over the past few days, including various highlights, such as: Glee star Cory Monteith’s tribute, the really short Emmy acceptance speech by Merritt Wever, and Edie Falco’s tribute to James Gandolfini. Another aspect to this year’s Emmys that is attracting attention is Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo’s comments …

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Google Touts Its Diversity Credentials

Google tries its best to not be evil, to exist as a gentle giant in a land of cutthroat corporations. Sometimes it fails, but never for lack of trying. The company claims, for example, that it has gone to great lengths to convert its data centers to green technology. And Google has today decided to highlight where it stands on …

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