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Intel’s former chief diversity and inclusion officer has left the company

 Danielle Brown, who spent nearly three years as Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, has left the company, TechCrunch has learned. Back in April, Brown was promoted into an expanded role of VP of Human Resources and Group Chief Human Resources Officer. At that time, Barbara Whye took over as Intel’s chief diversity officer. Its not clear who will take over Brown’s VP… Read More

Kickstarter hires Slack’s Erica Baker as director of engineering

 Erica Baker, an engineer and outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, is leaving her job at Slack, and moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Brooklyn to work in an engineering leadership position at Kickstarter. Baker, who worked at Slack for about two years, will begin work at Kickstarter in early August as director of engineering. Read More

Facebook shareholders reject proposal for gender pay equity report

 Facebook shareholders have once again rejected a proposal for Facebook to prepare a gender pay equity report to assess pay between men and women across race and ethnicity. A stockholder proposal called for Facebook to prepare a report by December 2017 around the company’s policies and goals to reduce the gender pay gap. Shareholders rejected a similar proposal last year. Read More

BackMap helps people who are visually impaired navigate cities and indoor areas

 I’m not sure what it would be like to navigate the streets of New York if I were visually impaired, but I imagine it would not being the most comfortable experience. BackMap, which came out of TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s 2017 hackathon, is a backpack that vibrates to let you know when to turn right and when to turn left. While walking outside, you could input your location via the app… Read More

Uber gets sued over lack of services available to people with disabilities

 Although Uber has launched a program for people with disabilities to use the car-hailing service, the program is not available in all the markets in which Uber operates. Two people who use wheelchairs have filed a lawsuit against Uber alleging that Uber has violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Disabled Persons Act and California’s unfair competition law. Read More

Beyond the diversity report

 There was once a time when everyone knew in their hearts that the tech industry was super white and male-dominated, but didn’t have the stats to back it up. Now that the likes of Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Netflix and most recently, Uber, have released their reports, the stats are out there. What a lot of people thought about the industry’s lack of diversity turned… Read More

Tech employees quit their jobs mostly because of unfair work environments, study says

 Life isn’t fair. Work’s not fair. Tech isn’t fair. So it’s no surprise that unfairness or mistreatment is the most frequently cited reason for leaving a job in tech, according to the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Tech Leavers study. The study looked at four main types of unfair treatment, behaviors and experiences: unfair people management practices,… Read More

Tech employees quit their jobs mostly because of unfair work environments, study says

 Life isn’t fair. Work’s not fair. Tech isn’t fair. So it’s no surprise that unfairness or mistreatment is the most frequently cited reason for leaving a job in tech, according to the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Tech Leavers study. The study looked at four main types of unfair treatment, behaviors and experiences: unfair people management practices,… Read More

Ne-Yo makes his first move into tech with an investment in a coding school

 R&B artist and producer Ne-Yo is making his first move into tech via an investment in the Holberton School for full-stack software engineers. Yup, it turns out Ne-Yo participated in the $2.3 million round Holberton announced in February. He’s also joining the school’s board of trustees in order to help attract people from underrepresented groups to learn how to… Read More

Slack’s diversity report reveals how many people with disabilities it employs

 Tech companies rarely, if ever, include information about how many people with disabilities they employ. Today, Slack is changing things up. Read More

Oneva wants to make it easier to access elder, infant and child care through employee benefits

 When it comes to finding someone to take care of your kids or your aging parent, the on-demand aspect of services that some businesses offer is not really a selling point. The most important element is trust and the peace of mind that you’re hiring a qualified person to take care of some of the most important people in your life. Onēva enables employers to offer elder, infant and… Read More

Uber’s head of diversity will be speaking at TC Sessions: Justice

 I’m excited to announce that Bernard Coleman, Uber’s global head of diversity and inclusion, will be speaking in a fireside chat at TC Sessions: Justice, our day-long event about diversity, inclusion and social justice. Coleman joined Uber earlier this year in January, and has had to hit the ground running in light of sexual harassment allegations and the release of Uber’s… Read More