This offers strong insight into the work that it takes to increase diversity after a company has already scaled. It’s hard to change a baked-in culture. While it still takes work, it’s far easier to create a culture of equality and inclusion if it’s built-in from the beginning.
This is a big part of why we recommend starting with a diverse boardroom. Don’t wait until your series D closes before thinking about this —start early. Find an independent director as soon as you secure funding. Hire someone who doesn’t look like you as one of your first 5 hires. Look outside of your network for that new executive hire.
At theBoardlist, we’re working increasing the number of women on tech startup boards, but there are many other organizations working to increase inclusiveness in our industry. Here’s a great list: https://medium.com/chaya-cooper/resources-for-recruiting-retaining-women-in-tech-d845495b87f9#.4hxaxkbhw