Diversity is one of the biggest problems in Silicon Valley. It is said to be one of the biggest embarrassment and flaws in a tech industry nowadays. However, this diversity problem is a chance for tech startups to grow their businesses. There are now new startup businesses that have started companies that focus on somehow solving the diversity problem which pressures the tech companies to hire and give better opportunities and promotions to women and people of color. Some of these startups are now providing tools that can help analyze gaps and the diversity metrics to identify problem points in diversity.
These new technologies are still unsure if it can totally solve the diversity problems being encountered by the tech companies, however, it is sure that they are going into a seemingly fruitful and productive endeavor. Diversity is indeed a big problem but an opportunity as well, as stated by Eric Kim, venture capital firm Goodwater Capital’s co-founder and managing partner.
Gap tools that are created by these startups aim to lessen or even eliminate the issue on diversity on wages and other concerns that are currently being faced by bigger companies. Google has been accused of paying female employees less than what they give to their male employees. Even Uber has faced the allegations and corresponding backlash when it is said that they did not do anything to stop sexual harassment in their workplaces against female employees. As they are required to submit a diversity report, Uber’s first report has clearly stated that only 15% of their tech-related roles are filled by women, and the truth is other Silicon Valley companies do not have any better numbers at all.
The gap tools such as Teamable and Blendoor provides the services of trying to lessen the instances of concerns due to diversity. Similar services are being offered by both tools, providing referrals to companies from their databases, mostly without the names and photos to eradicate any chances of bias. The prospect employers would be basing their recruitment based on what the candidate has to offer. Companies who are using these tools have positive feedback on the results of these startups and tools. There are tools as well that incorporates the analysis of differences in wages in line with diversity – an example of which is PayScale.
These gap tools may provide assistance in reducing diversity issues however, this is not the whole solution for the tech industry to be considered as inclusive. It’s a helpful tool but the companies need to have other means as well aside from these tools.