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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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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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'Austin Remembers: MLK’ app uses augmented-reality tech ahead of 2017 celebration 

In advance of Monday’s celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an Austin company has released an iOS and Android app, “Austin Remembers: MLK.” The app uses augmented reality technology (made popular last year by “Pokemon Go”) to give users a...

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Analysis: Few women spoke at Austin’s tech meetups

Just how male-dominated are Austin’s tech meetup groups?  Very, according to an analysis done by Amalie Barras, a co-organizer of the Open Austin meetup.  According to her study of 15 Austin tech meetups from 2016, she found 255 speaking spots, with...

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Dell's Bobbi Dangerfield on being a woman in tech

At the Texas Conference for Women on Wednesday, Bobbi Dangerfield, a senior vice president of Dell Technologies, shared her experience of being a woman in the tech industry at the "Redefining Leadership: The Core Behaviors of Successful Leaders" panel...

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