This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future

TechCrunch

2014 is the year that work became a central point of discussion in Silicon Valley. For the engineers and knowledge workers in the region, issues of diversity and inclusion finally got their turn in the limelight, forcing us to question our deeply-held views about the meritocracy of Silicon Valley.

We also had to confront news that several of our most iconic technology companies conspired to hold down wages for employees. While that legal case continues to wind its way through motions and procedures, the message remains crystal clear about how executives see their engineering talent.

Our efforts have not just been internal though, but have also affected the way our entire economy runs. Airbnb, Uber, and other startups in the sharing economy have started to redefine work in the 21st century. That transformation has led to much controversy, such as when Uber unilaterally lowered prices on its UberX service

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