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The successes of Silicon Valley are well-chronicled — some of our brightest minds take a singular idea and turn it into a billion-dollar company that changes the world. Every venture capitalist across the United States aims to be the one who discovers the next Facebook, Snapchat or Uber, so naturally, the first step is to try and emulate what has already worked so well in regards to business models and investment structures
...She’s the ex-Google employee who released employee salary data at Google. She’s also the one behind #RealDiversityNumbers, a Twitter movement to get companies reporting numbers around retention, number of lawsuits settled out of court, etc.
If lack of diversity is Silicon Valley’s problem, is there a tech solution? While creating a diverse workforce with proportionate women and minorities may seem like the ultimate human problem, some believe there's a fix that involves code.
The new narrative: not only is diversity the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, as well. As Silicon Valley investor Mitch Kapor (a Platform supporter) has said, women, African Americans, Hispanics and others can help businesses “see around corners” in new markets that are fast emerging in the global economy.
Makinde Adeagbo knows how isolating it can be to live and work in Silicon Valley as an African American. He says it's even more isolating to be a software engineer here.