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HACKING DIVERSITY: A series exploring issues of diversity and inclusion in the Austin technology sector 

Austin's technology sector is a key part of the region's economy and of the city's identity. Statistically speaking, it is also one of the least diverse sectors of our economy.  Central Texas technology leaders are grappling with ways to include more...

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As tech firms aim for diversity, the going is slow

For three years, Dell Inc. has issued statistics on the number of women and racial minorities the company employs as part of its annual “Legacy of Good” report. Like a lot of tech companies, these numbers show that Dell’s workforce is overwhelmingly...

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To push for more women, Dell aims to train men

Doug Hillary has spent nearly 20 years working for Dell Inc., where he eventually was promoted to lead the 1,000-person performance analytics group. Statistically speaking, 57-year-old Hillary has spent his career working alongside people who look...

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Reshaping the pipeline in tech hiring

Lest you think that diversity hiring in the tech industry — the idea that there should be a so-called “pipeline” of capable, diverse candidates to fill jobs — is a new concept, Colette Pierce Burnette is here to tell you differently. “I graduated...

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The case for diversity in Austin's tech industry

At a Wednesday luncheon keynote that I moderated for the nonprofit Girlstart, Pinterest's head of diversity, Candice Morgan, talked about why an inclusive workforce is so important for the San Francisco-based company. She told the room of about 650...

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How Austin groups are working to bring diverse entrepreneurs into a male-dominated tech industry

As a first-time entrepreneur, Adrianna Cantu was focused on building the software that powers her Austin-based health care startup. Now, she says, she believes that building a network is just as critical. “We were laser-focused on our application...

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Talking about why diversity matters in tech with Texas Standard

This week on the "Texas Standard" radio show, we discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in the world of technology as part of a series of stories we're launching today on 512tech. In the segment, we take a look at why tech companies are...

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Pitch Black event highlights African-American entrepreneurs in startup competition

Nine emerging Austin-area companies made the case for funding in a lively, well-attended "Shark Tank"-style competition Monday night at Galvanize Austin, an education and coworking space that opened downtown in March. "Pitch Black ATX" drew more than...

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Capital Factory launches a $100k diversity investment challenge

Are you a diverse entrepreneur whose startup could use $100,000 in cash? Capital Factory’s new Diversity & Inclusion Challenge might be the ticket.  The competition is looking for startups founded or run by those that are typically underrepresented...

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Austin’s DivInc launches its third entrepreneur session for diverse founders

DivInc, the Austin accelerator for diverse entrepreneurs, is ready to launch another group of startups through its 12-week program. The fall cohort, which starts Sept. 5, is composed of eight women and seven men. Nine of the 15 are from ethnicities...

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