5 ways to increase talent diversity as you grow your startup

According to a study by McKinsey , companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. Companies with a diverse talent base are also more productive and have employees that show more initiative. As you grow your startup and continue the hiring process, diversity will be important to your hiring strategy. Increasing diversity and inclusion at your startup takes a commitment from the top down and the bottom up, and it has to start with you. If you're ready to make the commitment to ...
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How startups benefit from a diverse staff

As a founder or CEO, you want to hire the most experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable team to propel your startup to success. To do this, and to do it well, you may want to make sure that your team is also diverse. Your first inclination may be to hire people just like you, but this isn't always the best idea. You want to find skilled, capable people who are different from you, so your team is well-rounded, and your employee culture is more open and accepting. In this article, we look at how st...
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How DIVERSITY makes TEAMS more INNOVATIVE by Rocío Lorenzo


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10 British VCs to start sharing diversity data on all the startups they meet

Research shows only 9% of UK startup funding goes to companies with a female founder and only 13% of key decision-makers in Britain's venture capital industry are women. And the biggest problem is the lack of data about what's going on, says Francesca Warner, the cofounder of policy group Diversity VC. Announcing the launch of a new initiative, Warner says leading British VC funds have agreed to gather anonymized demographic data from the startups they meet so researchers can gain an insight int...
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A revolutionary Silicon Valley VC reveals the five traits she looks for in founders

Despite being homeless and almost broke three years ago, Arlan Hamilton now manages a seed investment fund with more than $5 million to back high-potential, underrepresented, and often underestimated startup founders. As a Silicon Valley outsider, with no track record as an investor, Hamilton spent everything she had on bootstrapping her business and initially struggled to get investors on board. Since then, Backstage Capital has invested in more than 80 startups and seen more than 3,000. In Lea...
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Three types of work culture and how to hire for each of them

When you're hiring a new employee you want someone who'll be a great addition to the team. And that means identifying candidates whose values, attitudes and behaviors reflect, or can adapt, to those of the organization. Yet looking for a good 'culture fit' can be fraught with unconscious biases that limit diversity and prevent you securing the best talent, caution David Rock and Khalil Smith of the NeuroLeadership Institute. They recommend designing an interview process that's specific about the...
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Why these 6 Twitter powerhouses want diversity of company ownership made public

A group of female investors is on a mission to increase diversity in Silicon Valley by persuading leaders to make public who owns what in their startups. The #Angels investment collective—comprising six current and former Twitter senior managers—want startups to disclose the diversity of their capitalization (cap) tables, which show the founders' and investors' percentage of ownership. Here, Catherine Clifford shares how this call for greater transparency aims to increase diversity and start cha...
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How tech leaders & venture capitalists can get out of our “Man Box”

Countless women have come forward to share their experiences of working in an industry rife with sexism and harassment—and it's not Hollywood. Female employees and startup founders are raising their voices about the tech industry and Silicon Valley's male-dominated venture capital sector to share their experiences, which range from condescending remarks and questions that call their intellect into doubt, to unwanted and inappropriate advances from investors seeking to leverage their po...
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Avoiding age bias in the workplace: how to take care of your older workers

Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is a key aspect of people management—and an increasingly age-diverse workforce is presenting new challenges for employers. Many workplaces are becoming multi-generational, with up to four generations working alongside each other. With the introduction of new technologies and new approaches to doing business, companies need to ensure their older generation workers aren't being sidelined. Jon Forknell shares here the steps you can take to address...
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4 keys to bringing more women into the tech industry

Surveys repeatedly indicate that women are often paid less than men for the same jobs across Silicon Valley. Recent court cases highlighting inequality in pay and opportunities for promotion, together with reports of pervasive harassment, are also intensifying the debate around gender discrimination in the tech industry. Despite considerable progress, there are still problems encouraging diversity in tech and yet addressing imbalances "isn't as difficult as many might assume." says Monica Eaton-...
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