The Tech Industry’s Gender Discrimination Problem

Jena Pruitt

One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla’s corporate headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, sat down on a bench outside the main entrance, and waited, in the hope of spotting someone who looked like a company employee. Vandermeyden, who was thirty years old, had been working as a pharmaceutical sales representative since shortly after college, but she wanted a …

Here’s the Real Reason Tech Companies Fail to Hire More Minorities

Jena Pruitt

Apple’s new diversity report, out last week, highlighted a sad fact: Underrepresented minorities employed at the company grew from just 19% in 2014 to 23% in 2017. While the tech giant claims that 50% of its new hires in the US this year were from historically underrepresented groups in tech, the meager results mirror the industry at large.

Why Discrimination in Venture Capital Runs Deep

Jena Pruitt

This week, venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson left his own firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct that led to an internal investigation. The company said he left by mutual agreement. This has happened before at other firms. Ellen Pao is a venture capitalist who sued well-known firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination in 2012. She …

7 Best Venture Capitalists for Black Entrepreneurs

Jena Pruitt

These venture capitalists are not only some of the top investors in the investment community but many of them are committed to spending dollars with black-owned companies. Below are their names and some highlights of companies they’ve invested in.

The Tech Industry’s Gender Discrimination Problem

Jena Pruitt

One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla’s corporate headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, sat down on a bench outside the main entrance, and waited, in the hope of spotting someone who looked like a company employee. Vandermeyden, who was thirty years old, had been working as a pharmaceutical sales representative since shortly after college, but she wanted a …

Saudi Money Fuels Tech Industry. It’s Time to Ask Why.

Jena Pruitt

We need to talk about the tsunami of questionable money crashing into the tech industry. We should talk about it because that money is suddenly in the news, inconveniently out in the open in an industry that has preferred to keep its connection to petromonarchs and other strongmen on the down low.

The Kapors hand over reins at groups that push for diversity in tech

Jena Pruitt

Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor have built a legacy around their organizations working to make the tech sector more diverse and inclusive. Now, they’re ready to take a step back and let those groups be run by the teams they’ve assembled across the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Kapor Capital and Level Playing Field Institute. (Note: Subscribers login needed to access this article.)

Innovating While Female: Female Entrepreneurs Face Long Odds

Jena Pruitt

Venture investing is supposed to be a meritocracy, where the best ideas will win funding and support from powerful venture capital firms. But the reality for women-founded companies is often disturbingly different.

Hidden figures: How Silicon Valley keeps diversity data secret

Jena Pruitt

When the popular messaging platform Slack won a fastest-rising startup award last year, the company sent four black female engineers to accept it. Onstage at the TechCrunch awards show, one of the women praised Slack’s diversity, citing a statistic from the company’s 2016 diversity report: 9 percent of Slack’s engineering team were black, Latina or Native American women. “THIS Is What Diversity In …