Author: Megan Rose Dickey

Tristan Walker launches FORM to make it easier for women of color to manage their hair

TECHCRUNCH Growing up, my hair was always a source of frustration, pain and embarrassment. Part of that was because there were very few products made for people like me, with naturally curly and kinky hair. Hence why I just dropped about $140, tax included, on Walker & Company Brands’ latest line of products, FORM. FORM Beauty markets itself as being for all women, but it’s worth pointing out that since the inception of Walker & Co Brands, the goal has been to make health and beauty products better for people of color. The company, which has raised $33.3 million...

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VC Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence, apologizes to the women he ‘made feel uncomfortable’

TECHCRUNCH In light of allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances, Binary Capital co-founder and managing Partner Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Caldbeck apologized for his behavior, directing it “first to those women who I’ve made feel uncomfortable in any way, at any time – but also to the greater tech ecosystem, a community that I have utterly failed.” Below is Caldbeck’s full statement. The past 24 hours have been the darkest of my life. I have made many mistakes over the course of my career, some of which were brought to light this week. To say I’m sorry about my behavior is a categorical understatement. Still, I need to say it: I am so, so sorry. I direct my apology first to those women who I’ve made feel uncomfortable in any way, at any time – but also to the greater tech ecosystem, a community that I have utterly failed. The power dynamic that exists in venture capital is despicably unfair. The gap of influence between male venture capitalists and female entrepreneurs is frightening and I hate that my behavior played a role in perpetrating a gender-hostile environment. It is outrageous and unethical for any person to leverage a position of power in exchange for sexual gain, it is clear to me now that that is exactly...

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Some Uber employees are reportedly petitioning for Travis Kalanick to stay

TECHCRUNCH There’s a petition circulating among Uber employees asking the board of directors to let Travis Kalanick return to the company, Recode reports. The email going around talks about how Kalanick is “critical” to the company’s future success. It ultimately asks employees to show their support for Kalanick and push for him to get reinstated in an operational role. Earlier this week, Uber’s board pressured Kalanick to step down from his role as chief executive officer. Kalanick, who complied with the request, had already agreed to take a leave of absence, but that was not enough for some of...

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Zenefits will pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 employees

TECHCRUNCH Insurance software startup Zenefits has agreed to pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 of its account executives and sales representatives in California and Arizona, according to the Department of Labor. Zenefits has also agreed to let the DOL monitor its practices to ensure the company does not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. This agreement comes after the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division found that Zenefits misclassified the above-mentioned employees as being exempt from minimum wage and overtime. Zenefits, according to the DOL, was wrong to pay those workers a flat salary, regardless of overtime and...

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Intel’s former chief diversity and inclusion officer has left the company

TECHCRUNCH Danielle Brown, who spent nearly three years as Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, has left the company, TechCrunch has learned. Back in April, Brown was promoted into an expanded role of VP of Human Resources and Group Chief Human Resources Officer. At that time, Barbara Whye took over as Intel’s chief diversity officer. It’s not clear who will take over Brown’s VP of HR role. Brown joined Intel in 2009 as an associate for the company’s accelerated leadership program. For the last couple of years, Brown has been at the forefront of Intel’s diversity efforts. In the...

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Uber co-founder Garrett Camp says recent events have left him upset and ‘deeply reflective’

TECHCRUNCH Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, who has not been involved in Uber’s day-to-day operations for quite some time, shed some light on Uber’s future today in a post on Medium. He said, among other things, that “recent events have left me upset and deeply reflective.” Here’s a key nugget from his post. “All companies have growing pains. And because Uber grew so fast these growing pains are much more serious,” Camp wrote. “Over the years we have neglected parts of our culture as we have focused on growth. We have failed to build some of the systems that every...

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A look at Square’s first diversity report and ally training for employees

TECHCRUNCH Square, led by CEO Jack Dorsey, has released its first diversity report, which, not surprisingly, looks very similar to the below-par numbers of other tech companies. But, unlike other tech companies, Square does not “subscribe to a ‘pipeline’ excuse,” the report states. Square is 36.7 percent female globally, and 57.3 percent white, 6.4 percent black and 5.8 percent Latinx in the U.S. Although Square’s overall representation of people of color is low, there’s greater representation of POC at Square than at companies like Facebook (2 percent black, 4 percent Latinx), Google (2 percent black, 3 percent Latinx) and Twitter (3 percent black and 4 percent Latinx). square gender square race square tech race square non tech race square leadership race Because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission only asks about gender and race, Square conducted an inclusion survey, which over 80 percent of employees completed, to look at things like sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, veteran status and primary languages. “A lot of other ways we think about diversity and inclusion were included in the survey, like is English your first language, the education status of your parents and if you’re a caregiver for someone other than your children,” Square diversity and inclusion lead Alicia Burt told me. “Those are things that we think are really important in making up a person.” After the inclusion survey, Burt said she...

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Susan Fowler says Uber’s apology to former riders is ‘all optics’

TECHCRUNCH  Uber apologized to some former riders in New York City and in other markets via email on Friday, saying that the company is aware it has “fallen short” and failed to prioritize the needs of its riders, drivers and employees, Business Insider reports. But throughout this entire fiasco, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who accused the company of sexual harassment, has… Read...

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