Tag Archive for ‘Diversity’

Moving Forward Together ➝

Tim Cook, in a memo to employees following the election:

While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed. Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.

As a rule, I don’t cover politics here on Initial Charge. But I thought this memo was worth breaking the rules for.

John Gruber on Apple’s On-Stage Diversity ➝

John Gruber:

But last week’s ratio was so disparate not because the company didn’t pick enough women for speaking slots. Rather, it’s because the executives in charge of most of the products announced last week were men.[…]

So the problem is not that women are underrepresented as on stage speakers. The problem is that they are underrepresented in leadership positions. I would argue that it’s better — more honest — for Apple to allow its onstage diversity to accurately reflect its actual leadership diversity. If Apple simply put more women and people of color on stage, it would be a token gesture. If Apple puts more women and people of color on this page, more of them will appear on stage as a result.

I’d reference the article which spurred these comments, but I don’t think it deserves your attention.

Diversity of Tech Companies by the Numbers ➝

Nick Heer:

I’ve gathered up the latest round of diversity reports from the same companies — Apple, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Yahoo — to see how they’ve done with the past year to grow. As with last year, these figures are compared against the latest available national statistics, from 2013, and some analysis will follow.

A great compilation of data comparing the diversity of some of the most influential and powerful tech companies.