This weekend Apple released the company's latest diversity report, showing progress in its U.S. workforce -- but only by tiny margins. Meanwhile, the company's board of directors has rejected one Latino shareholder's proposal to accelerate change in the upper ranks of Apple, Inc.
It's not everyday that you see news about something that hasn't happened, but in the case of diversity in Silicon Valley, the fact that Amazon and Dropbox have not issued diversity reports for 2015 is beginning to garner attention.
In the past couple of years, it's become clear that diversity is a problem for Silicon Valley. But there are still bright spots in tech, and the Hispanic IT Executive Council's (HITEC) has chosen a select few Hispanic leaders in technology that are making a difference towards diversity and inclusion of Latinos in the high tech industry.
Silicon Valley has a diversity problem, and it's bigger than just the staffing demographics at major technology firms. In particular, there is a dearth of Latino-founded tech startups that grow beyond the initial stages, but Manos Accelerator, in partnership with Google, is seeking to change that.
Right on the heels of Intel's mixed-result diversity report, last week Apple also released information on its workplace demographics. The second-annual diversity transparency report from the most valuable company in the world yielded a similar mix of promise and progress, albeit slow.
Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media, or LATISM, announced it will be holding its seventh annual national convention in late October. With the national election one year away, the theme of this year's LATISM'15 gathering in Washington D.C. will be "Igniting Latinos to Drive the Innovation Economy."
Google may have begun last year's ongoing public conversation about the technology industry's lack of diversity by finally being transparent about its workforce demographics, but Intel (which has regularly released such reports for years already) will become the first tech company to do something about it.
Latina entrepreneurs in California just got the opportunity to win $10,000 in financial support and mentorship for their budding business through a new contest sponsored by Square, Xoom, and the Latino Startup Alliance.
Amazon's diversity statistics are predictably similar to the rest of Silicon Valley, but Amazon stands out from the rest in what it didn't disclose. Meanwhile, Jesse Jackson has called for more egalitarianism from the tech industry.
Sprint has a new champion leading its Kansas-based wireless service, and he is 6-foot-6 from south of the border. The No. 3 wireless carrier in the United States not only dropped its bid for T-Mobile earlier this week, it replaced its CEO with a Bolivian billionaire.