There's been a few posts about diversity (for minorities and women) in the work place here lately.
Some interesting results were published recently on Europe's approach to this problem (re: women) and I'd love to hear what the community thinks about it.
I don't quite care about governments forcing such measures but rather would like to see if corporations are willing to set and create these standards internally because though the policy has (or should have) been around "hiring the best person for the job" – it is all fairly relative and mostly a top-of-the-funnel problem.
I.e. Person X might be best for the job out of your candidates, but Person Y who's a minority isn't even on your list b/c you failed to market the job to them properly.
Of course, this is all an oversimplification of the problem at hand but worth a conversation.
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Hey, the City of Toronto's looking for input on how to reduce carbon emissions through community-led "TransformTO Conversations". I'm thinking we could have one based around technology and innovation - whether in-person or online.
If anyone is interested in partnering up on this idea or wants to be part of the discussion, message me or email me at [email protected]
Building on other conversations here - From today's New York Times
Ellen Pao spent the last few years spotlighting the technology industry’s lack of diversity, in court and beyond. Erica Baker caused a stir at Google when she started a spreadsheet last year for employees to share their salaries, highlighting the pay disparities between those of different genders doing the same job. Laura I. Gómez founded a start-up focused on improving diversity in the hiring process.
Now the three — along with five other prominent Silicon Valley women from companies including Pinterest, Stripe and Slack — are starting an effort to collect and share data to help diversify the rank-and-file employees who make up tech companies. The nonprofit venture, called Project Include, was unveiled on Tuesday.
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Varun MathurAren't they about sharing someone else's car, someone else's house ? They operate as different marketplaces (Uber is supplier picks; while Airbnb is buyer picks) - but at the end of the day the phrase "sharing economy" looks suitable for what they do.. what do you suggest this industry be generally called ?
Mudit Singh RawatCanadian entrepreneurs already are, but unfortunately at times mainstream Canadian media decides to focus primarily on US competitors instead sharing more stories about Canadian companies tackling these problems.
I find the term 'struggle' really out of context in this article. I don't think we are struggling in any way in Toronto! US players do have access to more capital which helps them grow faster in international markets but that doesn't mean the Canadian startups are struggling.
Ryan ShupakThanks for posting this Varun Mathur - we're doing everything we can to do just this at Jiffy. We've got great traction in Toronto and are likely going to launch our next city in the US. From discussions with Canadian investors, it seems like they'd like to see traction in a market vs. some US "incumbents" before believing that a Canadian startup can be a North American champion
Varun MathurCongratulations Hockeystick team. Is this user/startup uploaded data which Hockeystick provides a platform for the investors to view ? Is data sourced from elsewhere as well (eg unstructured data such as blog mentions)?
Cory RosenfieldI understand we are expecting a May confirmation which is very strange considering the May 13th start date.
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So after a session I participated in at MaRS about tech recruiting a few weeks ago, Sarah Efron from the Globe & Mail asked me to put some of my points into an op-ed. It just posted here, if you’re interested:
I have to say, I was hesitant to write it. On the one hand, I think tech is in a really shitty spot on diversity, and I want to help any way I can because it pisses me off and it’s a place that Toronto should really be excellent and we aren’t, yet. But I also know that white men have a nasty habit of ending up in the centre of every conversation and I don’t really like any situation where I seem to be putting myself up there as an expert on stuff that, really, many other people know far more about than I do. The stuff in the article is pretty basic, first pass stuff, but judging from the MaRS audience, still new to some.
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Avery SwartzThis is so great Johnathan. I love that you even acknowledge that you shouldn't be the one saying it, but you have to.
Also, don't assume this is "basic, first pass stuff." It's still new to a lot... I've seen many in this group make many of these mistakes.
Kamil Rextin"I don’t care who you are, just show me your hobby projects on Github, or your think pieces on Medium” – but a bit of reflection is all it takes to realize that screening based on free-time pursuits gets you more affluent white men than it does underemployed single moms." ✊🏾
Colleen Sargeant JamesVery well written and valid points! I find companies are talking about diversity now because it's a hot topic but they are disingenuous. The fact is, in order to be diverse you must be inclusive and the lack of diversity will always suggest exclusion.
John Philip GreenNice that everyone is talking about this (again)... but is my company CareGuide still the only high growth tech startup in Canada that actually has more women than men?
Can anyone name another like us with more than 20 employees?
Karen Schulman DupuisJonathan, it's a good, solid piece, and I commend you for calling out the fact that you're a white man speaking about diversity (which of course is crazy in this context). I think that there are some people that are in the startup community that wouldn't listen to this piece unless it was written by a guy, so we have to tackle these issues piece by piece.
Next steps in this conversation is to include the women who're doing the hard work in this space day after day. I encourage you to connect with Cathy Gallagher-Louisy of The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion for resources, guidance, experts and insights.
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Varun MathurI think the right forum for affirmative action in tech is at the education level - encouraging everybody, some more so than others, on a tech education - in high school/colleges (and startups can play a role in that). Beyond that, in the industry, it has to be purely based on merit alone and we need to be blind to any attributes of a person - race/gender/ethnicity should be irrelevant and not favor or disfavor one group over another. Would any person who believes in his/ her merit in the tech industry feel comfortable he/she got hired for a role not just because of merit, but because of an attribute/affirmative action ?
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Steven UsterAmazing article. We are currently on a mission to attract and hire more women at FundThrough. I completely agree with Jonathan on this. It is critical for the success of any company, especially a start up. There are some amazing tips and tools in this article that we will start using ASAP to ensure that the vast majority of our next hires are female.
Gustavo MeloThe "best candidate vs. best team" argument is the most important here, as I see it. Without a clear and specific framework we can use (and we don't have a good one for hiring yet) to remove bias from the hiring process, it's inordinately difficult to do so in practice. However, a shift in perspective towards the desirable qualities of a more diverse team, especially as it impacts business success, gives you an immediate counterbalance and added incentive to be more mindful of thought processes related to hiring.