All of our efforts at diversity will be a futile attempt if we do not also strive for inclusiveness. As Freada Kapor Klein, a venture capitalist and longtime diversity advocate, said: “We’re never going to make any progress by adding talent from diverse backgrounds if we don’t fix the inclusion and culture issues.” Read more.
The first in her family to go to college, Irma Olguin returned home to Fresno intent on using her skills to uplift her community. Her Bitwise Industries has since landed $27 million in venture funding and trained 4,500 workers to code. Read more.
The problem, in Kapor Klein’s estimation, is not one of education but of access and support. A number of Black tech professionals agree that the industry’s reliance on personal relationships to grant access and opportunity is partly to blame, producing a network effect that militates against Black and Latino inclusion. Read more.
A handful of venture capital firms announced they would observe the holiday on June 19, giving their workers the day to learn more about Juneteenth and reflect on racial injustice in the United States. Many have pledged to make it an annual corporate holiday. Read more.