Issue 26

the Week of August 31, 2015
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In this issue, new articles critique the tech hiring process, present a systems-oriented view of diversity at tech companies, and explore race and representation in video games. We sit down for a long chat with Two Black Nerds, and look how Fund Club was built, plus advice for making your own diversity-in-tech initiative. Finally, an intimate look at starting a company while mentally ill. Photo CC-BY Sonny Abesamis, cropped and filtered.

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Diversity and Companies-As-Systems

Diversity in tech is not only about ending technology empires that employ almost all white men, but about ending the ecosystems around tech companies that benefit primarily white males through a constellation of seemingly “secondary” effects in a far vaster net.

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How Nintendo Is Pushing for Racial Inclusion in 2015

In a video games climate that has been decrying the prevalence of rehashed themes and narratives, perhaps the matter of racial inclusion can serve as one catalyst for greater change.

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Building Fund Club

This is a post about why and how we developed Fund Club, and what we’ve learned in the process.

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Tech Hiring: The Hunt for Highly Technical Superhumans

The job search in tech equals an unpaid full-time job.

by Anna
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“Here’s To The Crazy Ones”: Stigma Against Mental Illness in Tech

It seems to have occurred to no one that if we could stop punishing people for being mentally ill, and for speaking up about it, we could actually get the "conversation" we claim to want.

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An Interview With Two Black Nerds

We caught up about their work, black men in tech, how to make your own podcast, and where the future of tech is going.