Compared to many other industries out there, the tech industry boasts employment of members of nearly every race, and nationality.
That’s one of the appeals of tech. If you are willing to work hard, and take chances, it’s truly an industry of equal opportunity — yet women and latinos are still scarce.
In a recent Forbes article about the scarcity of women in tech, there are three key reasons listed based on a large sample of surveys:
- Young women don’t believe a career in tech would be interesting.
- They don’t believe they’d be any good at it.
- They think they’d be working alongside a number of people they wouldn’t feel comfortable or happy being around day-to-day.
Only 9% of CIOs are women. In many industries where there’s a disparity vastly disproportionate to a group of people’s expressed interest, then we have to question gender bias. But in the case of the tech industry, we need to do a better job at getting women interested in technology from a young age.
Only 7% of the U.S. tech workforce are Latino. Even in California, a state with the largest Latino population, they comprise less than 2 percent of AP computer science test takers. Latinos simply aren’t enrolled in courses that will set them up for tech careers.
When the internet started to take off in the 90’s and 2000’s Latino families tended to be at an economic disadvantage — which meant they didn’t have home computers. Though they were in different eras, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Joy, and Sean Parker had access to distinct opportunities others couldn’t afford. While they were learning to code or work with software, many Latinos didn’t have a home computer.
At the end of the day, everyone will pursue their passions, but people need opportunity, and a chance to see their true options. That’s exactly what we are are doing as we are building our mobile app Studyhubb.
Studyhubb is extremely proud of its foundation of diversity.
In fact, one of our lead developers Freddie Cabrera is Mexican. Our wonderful designer, and Chief Creative Officer Jawad Mazhir is from Pakistan, COO & Co-Founder Alex Chung is from South Korea.
Of our original six members, Freddie, Jawad, and Alex come from all over the world. Our team is even more diverse than most tech companies, and we will continue to build on that.
We believe that diversity gives us a global perspective, which lends to the creative process as we grow. Because of this, Studyhubb transcends cultural identities — ultimately, allowing us to create an app that connects psychologically and emotionally with our users as human beings.
We all crave connecting with others, and we need to continue to learn and grow. Studyhubb taps into universal desires because its roots are global.
Freddie is a member of the 7% of Latinos in tech. He works quickly and codes beautifully. Jawad is a talented visionary, who is a master of design and aligning our branding with our target audience. Alex is a tenacious businessman, who won’t take no for an answer.
Our differences are our greatest strength.