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Monoculture

People from communities that have long been excluded by Silicon Valley’s monoculture share their personal stories and walk through the data on the lack of diversity in tech. When it comes to cognitive biases, what critical errors do our brains make without even realizing it?

In this episode

Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel

Software Engineer, Executive Director at Techquería

David Dylan Thomas

David Dylan Thomas

Author, speaker, content strategy advocate at Think Company

Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

Software Engineer, Digital Equity Advocate

Adam Recvlohe

Adam Recvlohe

Software Engineer, Founder of Natives in Tech

Josh Torres

Josh Torres

Chief of Staff for Out in Tech, cofounder of LTX Fest for Latinx in Tech

LeRon Barton

LeRon Barton

Writer, Speaker, Artist, Network Engineer

Sinduja 
Rangarajan

Sinduja 
Rangarajan

Senior Data Journalist

Treavor Wagoner

Treavor Wagoner

Independent Writer, Lead Product Designer, Co-founder of Black UX Austin

Sydney Sykes

Sydney Sykes

Blck VC cofounder, Angel Investor

Dairien Boyd

Dairien Boyd

Podcast host, Principal Designer at All Turtles, mmhmm

Stephanie Lampkin

Stephanie Lampkin

CEO and Founder of Blendoor

Highlights

"The thing about culture fit, and this is what gets me, Dairien, is that it's so clear that it's being practiced. Right? You know, you can tell that these people, they like the same thing. They look like each other and they hang out. I understand in theory that if you work around people that you get along with, that you have similarities with them… That will allow the work atmosphere to be easier. But the problem with that is… it just becomes an environment that's very homogenous and very monochromatic." 5:42

LeRon Barton

"Google has the best search engine in the world, but they can't find enough diverse people to fill the workforce." 10:06

Frances Coronel

"Cognitive bias is really just a fancy word for the fact that you have to make something like a trillion decisions every single day. And, as a result, your mind is doing a lot of things on autopilot. The problem is that sometimes the shortcuts lead to errors and we call those errors cognitive biases. ” 23:50

David Dylan Thomas

“Racism is designed. It doesn't just happen magically, right? Those patterns come from somewhere." 25:00

David Dylan Thomas

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