In the tech industry, we move fast. We innovate, iterate, and launch features at the speed of light. Companies are founded and IPO in less time than it takes to graduate high school. iPhones were invented ten years ago and can already turn you into a lip syncing unicorn, control the lights in your home, and translate 103 languages in the palm of your hand.
McKinsey published statistics indicating that companies with more ethnic and gender diversity are more profitable, in 2015. Yet three years later, we are still holding focus groups, ruminating over our utter lack of progress, and milling around saying how nice it would be if only there was some way to get more diversity in tech.
Enter Tulip. We are a company that disrupts the retail space. We are a company that has uncomfortable conversations. We are a feminist company. A company of allies. And we are ready to take action.
This spring, we have partnered with Bridge to address the so-called “pipeline problem”. We are offering a coding school for women, agender and non-binary people. Our 11 week long school will be hosted at Tulip, by Tulip developers, and prepare new developers to enter the job market at an intermediate level with increased confidence, negotiation skills, and a broad network of support. Best of all, Bridge is completely free of cost to students because economic status should not be a barrier to the education of high potential students, and eventually, candidates.
We believe that the best way to get more diversity in the tech industry is to start taking action, and this is just one way we believe we can make a difference. Making real change will rely on those who stop just talking and start doing, and we are proud to be investing in the next wave of ethnically and gender diverse developers who will always have a home at Tulip.
This International Women’s Day we encourage everyone to commit to real action to increase the number of women, non-binary, and agender employees working in their organization.