(Photo by Juliana Reyes)
Philadelphia’s tech scene has work to do in terms of racial diversity, but it seems to be doing better than the mainstream tech scene in Silicon Valley.
A recent Next City article explores why that is and if Silicon Valley might takes cues from us. The story features SEER Interactive CEO Wil Reynolds and the city’s director of entrepreneurial engagement, Archna Sahay.
Here’s the kicker, though:
And yet, the most important factor in expanding diversity in tech and startups remains cash. “When you’re a startup saying, ‘hey, we want to be super diverse,’ you’re not going to attract investors,” Reynolds says.
Until the tech community in Philadelphia improves its viability and garners a critical mass of first-round funding, its better-than-average demographics will continue to appear circumstantial.
Youngmoo Kim on breaking the ‘monoculture’ of tech: ‘What the hell are you waiting for?’
Women tech founders: Collaboration can help shrink the venture capital gap
Why diversity in artificial intelligence development matters
Why working with the University City Science Center was a game changer for 4 Philly startups
Why it matters that Philly has a conference for women of color in tech
These two suburban tech companies landed perfect scores for LGBTQ equality
The City just launched a new grant program for underrepresented tech founders
Take a peek at the opportunities popping up at PromptWorks
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia