The tech industry has long been a beacon for change agents. But the disruptors, the innovators, and the inventors most lauded for their work are a reflection of the racial biases of our broader culture — that is, they are white, and usually men.
In 2018 the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found Just 3.5% of engineers and other professionals in computer and electronics manufacturing are Black, and just 1.7% of tech executives are Black men and women, as compared to the 77% who were white men and women. And it’s not just the workers, but startups and founders receiving funding from banks and venture capital firms. Black investors make up less than 1% of venture capitalists, and only 1% of startup founders who receive venture funding are Black.
While HP and other companies have made very public commitments to act, there are Black leaders in tech doing pioneering work and leading the way. Here are just a few men and women who’ve inspired us.