Diversity. Inclusion. Equal-opportunity hiring. In the past decade, practically every industry has made a conscious effort to hire employees from more diverse backgrounds.
However, diversity hiring is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great. It gets people — who in the past would have never been given a second glance — in the door. But it also puts individuals in a place that they feel like they’re fighting heaven and earth for it to not slam right back into their face.
As a girl in software engineering, a girl who is a varsity athlete, a girl…. period, I am constantly surrounded by people who — to some extent — believe that I have succeeded not because of my skills, but instead because I am a girl. …
Stewart Butterfield may not be a household name in the way Gates, Jobs, or Zuckenberg are. However, almost everyone in the tech industry has heard of Slack and Flikr. One is a messaging app. The other is a photo-sharing app.
One thing that they have in common—besides being co-founded by Butterfield—is that these multi-million to billion-dollar companies broke open a market that did not exist prior to their existence.
They were also the product of the ultimate company pivots. More specifically, they were born from failed video game ventures.
Switching courses is rarely easy. But by considering the paths of successful companies like Slack and Flickr, we can find valuable lessons for anyone considering their own business pivot. …
We live in the era of the hustle. The era of entrepreneurship, side projects and start-ups. We are entering a workforce where the messages of success have been redefined.
We dream of building the next Amazon out of our garage. We want to channel our inner Elon Musk and build four landscape-changing billion-dollar companies. We want that exclusive internship at the coveted tech company or renowned law firm. We want that management or vice-president position everyone is vying for.
And we are told we can have it, if we out-hustle and out-work. If we spend every minute bettering ourselves.
Three months ago, the world turned upside down. COVID-19 shut down most of the country and turned our workplaces remote. Suddenly many of us had no plans, less responsibilities, and copious amounts of free time. …