Category Archive: silicon valley

Jan 14

Are Latinos Tech’s Next Tycoons?

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There comes a time when the word “minority” loses its context, where one group surpasses its status in population and influence, crossing over into a new mainstream community of Americans. When I first arrived in Silicon Valley to work for Apple in the 1980s, I felt like a minority. I entered a world with circles …

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Jan 07

Intel Pledges Diversity by 2020, Invests $300 million.

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Intel has set an aggressive goal of dramatically increasing the diversity of its U.S. workforce by 2020. It’s also pledging $300 million to fund the hiring and retention of women and underrepresented minorities, the largest investment yet in diversity by a technology company. Intel  made the announcement during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics …

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Dec 29

2014 Defined the Challenge for Latinos and The Digital Economy.

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Two issues defined the technology economy in 2014: Policymakers’ inability to keep up with technology-driven innovation; and The embarrassing lack of diversity among employees in the technology sector. 2014 made it clear that for Latinos, digital equity — closing the tech employment gap, and securing a place in the digital economy — are the top priorities. We end the …

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Dec 05

LISTA Georgia Technology Council Announces the 2014 Latina of Excellence Awardees

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LISTA Announces Top 15 Latinas of Excellence Award in Tech and Business in Georgia Recognizing Latinas in Business Who Go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty   Atlanta, Ga Dec 5,  2014,  In celebration of the achievements and accomplishments of our nation’s most inspiring Latina Tech and Business women, Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association …

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Nov 10

What Separates Internet Advocates?

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In a week of political showdowns, it seems appropriate to reflect on the faceoff in the Internet advocacy world. On the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert C. Byrd ended a 14 hour, 13 minute address. The arguments over the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had given Americans the example of the modern filibuster. …

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Nov 09

Nation’s Capital has Lessons for Tech Industry Diversity. As Seen in USA Today

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 MCLEAN, Va. — Silicon Valley may be the technology center of the high-tech world, but 3,000 miles to the east, the nation’s capital has something that Silicon Valley can aspire to: a more diverse tech workforce. Blacks hold about 17% and women hold 31% of tech-related jobs in the DMV, a metropolitan area that covers …

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Oct 07

President Obama Can Lead the Diversity Effort Among his Allies in Silicon Valley By Jose Marquez

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The White House recently reached into the ranks of Google to fill the post of technology czar. It was just the latest example of a Google executive joining the administration, leaving little doubt about the special relationship the company has with President Obama. As it turns out, word of the high-profile appointment of Megan Smith …

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Sep 26

Battle over Internet Regulations is the Civil Rights Struggle of the 21st Century.

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The battle over the nation’s high-speed Internet policy is a complicated one and, if carried out inadequately, could spur a series of unintentional outcomes. That conflict is being fought out at the Federal Communications Commission as it considers the Open Internet issue, sometimes referred to as Net Neutrality. Take it from an engineer with 20 …

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Aug 29

Google VP Lisa Gevelber Agrees…Your Next Big Opportunity: The US Hispanic Market

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U.S. Hispanics are ahead of the curve when it comes to digital. They lead in adoption of new devices. They are power users of mobile and over-index in video consumption. But despite the facts, these consumers are vastly underserved, and the opportunities to reach them through digital remain largely untapped. But what, exactly, should marketers …

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May 29

As it Appeared in Hispanic Business… White and Male : Is Not Only Google’s Problem in Silicon Valley.

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In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. The search giant said the transparency about its workforce — the first disclosure of its kind in the largely white, male tech …

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