Summary: The tech world has a diversity problem: gender diversity, racial diversity, and more. That’s why I decided to start the Tech Forward podcast. Every week, I’m going to interview entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, media and tech leaders, and diversity advocates. We’ll discuss everything from the lack of venture funding for women and minorities, to how underrepresented groups can advance their careers in the sector, to how to hold companies accountable for diversity — and more. I’ll focus on all the aspects of diversity: gender, racial, and ethnic, as well as sexual orientation, immigration status, and neurodiversity.
Diversifying Tech by Teaching Mothers How to Code
This week I spoke with Allie Burns, Managing Director at Village Capital. This global venture capital firm wants to build bridges for entrepreneurs looking to create an inclusive and sustainable world. “The work we do is united by the principle of getting more capital to more people in more places, to solve the significant challenges in environmental stability and economic inequality.”
Using Technology to Eliminate Hiring Bias
Creating a Community to Support Women in Tech
Democratizing Startup Investment Through Equity Crowdfunding
Opening Doors in Tech for the Autistic Community
Creating a Sustainable Fashion Business With a Diverse Team Right From the Start
Research has shown that cross cultural experiences lead to innovation. “As an immigrant, you come into a new country where there’s a different context for a variety of things. Many times, that means you can see a gap where a need isn’t being met.” To really foster those cross cultural experiences, Unshackled Ventures has created an ecosystem of universities, mentors, advisors, and investors who really believe in the value that immigrant entrepreneurs bring to the table.
Having personally attended Coding Dojo over the summer, I was struck by the diversity within my cohort. Of the 12 students, 6 were women, and 7 (including myself) were students of color. Was this unique to the DC campus, I wondered, or is that level of diversity present on all the Coding Dojo campuses across the country? What is it about the bootcamp model in general — and Coding Dojo in particular — that succeeds in attracting and retaining a diverse student population?
How a Network Model of Venture Capital Can Allow for More Inclusive Investing
Overcoming Barriers to Funding Through Passion and Perseverance
Why Has Diversity Progress Been Slow at the Tech Giants?
I'm excited to announce my upcoming podcast, Tech Forward, where I'll interview weekly guests about diversity in the tech sector. I hope you’ll save the date and subscribe to the podcast when we launch on March 14th.