On March 15 Tech.Co once again presented Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration at SXSWi where more than two dozen startups showcased their product and delivered their pitch in hopes of winning prizes, glory, and a spot at the Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference as well. A lot has been written about diversity (or the lack thereof) in tech. It is not surprising or even enlightening anymore to learn that women only make up an average of 30% of the workforce in tech firms. Even worse, less than 10% are in actual engineering positions. The numbers are equally bad for other minorities like hispanics and blacks. The majority of Silicon Valley’s workforce is made up of whites or asians with other races barely making a guest appearance. It is sad that none of this is breaking news anymore. It is the bare truth – plain and simple.
But here is the silver lining – something is actively being done about it. All major firms now have diversity initiatives in place and there is a real movement around diversity happening around the country with organizations like Girls Who Code, Black Star Launch, and Lesbians Who Tech. Blendoor is showcasing at Tech Cocktail’s SXSW Celebration event and we met up with Stephanie Lampkin, Blendoor’s founder and CEO for a quick chat about her startup. Continue reading on Tech.Co.