Black tech worker organizing is on the horizon, and companies are ill-prepared to handle the backlash.
Beginning as early as Thursday, May 28, leadership at Twitter, Apple, Salesforce, and others posted public admonitions of racism, anti-Black violence, or police brutality across their social media feeds. On Saturday afternoon, The Plug began collecting public statements made by tech CEOs and executives.
For Black tech founders who operate extensively within the general public or whose business dealings require extensive travel to meet with investors or presentations at major industry conferences, the long-term effects of COVID-19 have yet to be realized. Their proactivity in managing their workforces breaks down to using common sense as well as keeping a keen eye on how the future of work will be shaped by building culturally-responsive remote work cultures.
Black businesses in Black communities aren’t benefiting financially from positive online reviews compared to their white counterparts. A new study from the Brookings Institution revealed that even the highest-rated Black businesses on Yelp located in Black neighborhoods earn less in revenue compared to poorly-rated non-minority-owned businesses in white communities.
Just one year after announcing its $10 million commitment to investing in underrepresented founders, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has doubled down on its diversity initiatives by introducing a new programming track at its annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference for those looking to see women and founders of color gracing the show’s stages.