Diversity is a broken product in tech. FIX IT.

Bo Ren
Bo Ren
Jul 15, 2016 · 8 min read
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If diversity were a product that launched 2 years ago it would be considered a failure. A product that stagnates for two years has a growth problem.

All the things that I secretly thought — I was lesser, different, and discriminated against coming from a non-technical, untraditional PM path — were true.

A few weeks ago, I was shocked to see how blatantly easy it was for a white male colleague to become a product manager.

I was taken aback by his arrogance, bravado, and confidence. Facebook’s PM circuit is not an easy interview process. In tech and other fields dominated by men, we over index on confidence instead of competence.

I had pored over 100 hours preparing for my PM interviews whereas this dude thought he didn’t need to prepare because two men in leadership had his back.

I realized in that moment, shocked by what I just heard, that I had earned my place as a PM. I fucking earned it because no one gave me the benefit of the doubt.

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Instead what we should look to is intersectionality in race, gender, age, and culture as markers of progress. How many Asian American, African American, Hispanic women, LGBT members are leading companies?


The gap between what’s preached and practiced at tech companies creates disillusionment.

I’m tired of being sad.

I love being a double minority (woman and a minority) because I know I have earned my success. No one gave it to me.

We need to be as rigorous about solving the diversity problem in tech as we are in solving product problems at our respective companies.

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Bo Ren

Product-focused investor empowering underestimated founders. Writer. Advisor.

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