REview Podcast: New initiative aims to drive diversity and future growth in Boston’s high tech industry

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From Bryan Sparkes
Executive Vice President, Technology Practice Lead

The growth of Greater Boston’s high tech industry over the last several years has been notable. Wherever you look, we rival Silicon Valley as one of the top tech markets in the country and we’re repeatedly ranked as one of the foremost leaders in innovation. But we, like many other high tech markets, have a diversity problem that needs to be addressed. In fact, I read recently that African Americans and Latinos make up only 5% of the tech workforce across the U.S., and I was taken aback by that statistic. Hack.Diversity, a new Boston-based initiative, is aiming to change that.

I recently had the privilege to sit down with Jody Rose, Executive Director of the NEVCA and co-founder of Hack.Diversity, as well as Mohamad Ali, CEO of Carbonite, one of Hack.Diversity’s inaugural host companies, to discuss the impact this new program could have on the future growth of Boston’s high-tech industry. In this engaging discussion, Jody, Mohamad and I discuss everything from what the initiative is, to why diversity is such a problem, to what they hope this will ultimately accomplish.

I hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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