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Intel's diversity hiring doubles in six months

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Fascinating article about Intel's attempts to truly prioritize hiring of more representative workers. They deserve kudos for releasing info about the good (43.3% of workers hired in the first half of 2015 were from underrepresented groups!), the not so good (overall representation didn't go up or down much), and the intriguing (Intel ran its own numbers to estimate what percentage of the workforce in each group has the necessary technical skills, and set those as its target for representation). From a political standpoint, one of the biggest takeaways is that Intel called BS on the so-called "pipeline problem". Don't send your recruiters only to MIT and Caltech and then claim there are no technical talents of different backgrounds!

I suspected that the "pipeline problem" does not exist.

Companies have to WANT to recruit a diverse workforce, and those that want can find great candidates.

What a shame that overall representation didn't go up or down much. I wonder why.

Very true!

If companies are serious about diversity, they need to look for talent outside of the razor-thin "stellar GPA from a prestigious comp-sci program" demographic.

I am privileged on almost every axis (cishet able-bodied white male over 6 feet tall), but even for me it was too difficult to get that coveted ivy league comp-sci degree. Just between being middle class (instead of rich) and having struggled with some relatively minor delinquency issues in high school it was enough to keep me stuck in "second rate" state schools, which didn't impress anyone at the Goog.

It seems like companies are finally starting to get it, but for a long time it seemed like virtually everyone agreed that only the top 10% of CS grads from ivy league schools were qualified to program, and that disenfranchised anyone who didn't come from a wealthy family that valued higher education, which is basically everyone.

For people that are supposed to be disruptive, paradigm-shifting rebels who sock it hard to the proverbial Man, tech peeps sure can be a bunch of exclusionary assholes.

Lucas, I think they are FINALLY learning, but it took them a long time to get to this point.

Basically they had to exhaust all the existing methods of finding employees before they were willing to try new approaches.

I can tell you that more companies care about diversity hiring now than I've ever seen.

And the trend is heading in the right direction too.

Tracy Chou did a lot to start the movement of getting companies to be more transparent about who they've actually hired:

Is Silicon Valley about socking it to the Man? Or is it about the Man replicating himself through different, and generally less controllable by the masses, means?

Something like building a public transit system is very slow and expensive these days because so many stakeholders have to be listened to. I'm not personally crazy about old-ass NIMBYs holding up Caltrain electrification for many years, but I guess I acknowledge their right to protect the value of their property and their vision of what they want their community to be. On the other hand, working people get to express our views that the greater good of the many -- jobs and the environment -- needs to trump the needs of the tiny number of Palo Alto and Atherton residents who happen to own single-family houses right next to the train track.

Meanwhile, the children of those Atherton residents start companies like Uber that are subject to no regulation or taxation in most areas, and with the full backing of the capital markets can start operations far more quickly than the plodding beggars of public transit. They are proud of breaking the law aka disruptive innovation aka gaming the system. They ask for forgiveness, not permission. They also push many potentially thorny issues -- like whether transportation systems built for the rich are also available to the masses -- into the realm of rearguard actions. Thus they neatly profit from the NIMBY-ism of their own kind.

When I look at the innovators of Silicon Valley, especially the ones lauded in the press, I see a whole bunch of people who are from exactly the same class, gender and ethnicity as the people they are supposedly innovating against. They all belong to the same alumni associations, you know?

They have so far. The question is whether that can change. 

And at least from the rhetoric -- and seeing this article from Intel -- some people do truly want to change. 

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