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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO TECH HIRING
On April 27, hear industry experts at Workday, Okta, and Slack discuss how tech companies can make their hiring processes more equitable and remove barriers for those looking to break into the industry.
Building a more diverse tech workforce requires companies to rethink hiring. That’s why we’re kicking off this year’s Breaking Into Tech week on April 27 with an important conversation about necessary reforms in tech hiring. We’ll hear from Carrie Varoquiers, Vice President of Global Impact and Employee Life at Workday, Tony Bush, Senior Director of Recruiting, Product, and Technology at Okta, and Deepti Rohatgi, Head of Slack for Good and Public Affairs at Slack.
All three industry experts will discuss how they’ve implemented equitable hiring practices at their respective companies—and how other companies can do the same. They’ll also explore what equity looks like in a rapidly shifting tech landscape that’s adapting its offices and hiring processes to the rise of remote and hybrid work models. Register below!
A TALE OF TWO CITIES DURING THE PANDEMIC: SAN FRANCISCO VS. AUSTIN
In the latest sf.citi blog post, we examine the opposite experiences of San Francisco and Austin during the pandemic and how that has impacted their local tech ecosystems.
sf.citi hosted our fifth and final Mapping the Tech Exodus event with Sarah Ortiz Shields, Executive Director of Austin Tech Alliance. She confirmed what we’ve seen in news headlines—that the pandemic catapulted Austin’s tech reputation well beyond the borders of Texas. While San Francisco’s office vacancy skyrocketed, Austin scored expansions from major tech companies such as Apple, Oracle, and Tesla.
In terms of both their population and office space market, Austin and San Francisco had nearly opposite experiences during the pandemic. Nevertheless, San Francisco’s tech growth shows no signs of slowing. If anything, San Francisco continues to solidify its tech edge over Austin—and other U.S. cities. Learn more in our latest blog below.
D6 SUPERVISOR MATT HANEY ON REOPENING SAN FRANCISCO
Last week, sf.citi continued our 2021 Lunch and Learn discussion series with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney. We were joined by sf.citi members AT&T, Comcast, Cruise, Fast, Google, Instacart, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft, Twitter, Salesforce, Verizon, Waymo, and more.
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney told sf.citi members that he’s hopeful much of San Francisco will be open by June 2021. That’s particularly exciting for his district, which encompasses the Tenderloin and the majority of San Francisco’s downtown—both of which have seen some of the harsher impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently appointed chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Supervisor Haney leads the all-important committee on figuring out how to allocate San Francisco’s nearly $14 billion budget—and in a way that’s more effective than before the pandemic.
He commended the tech industry at large for its early, proactive response to the pandemic, as well as its many contributions to the City’s recovery efforts. And in an optimistic nod to San Francisco’s future, Supervisor Haney said, “The real story of San Francisco over the last year is resilience—and that includes our companies and their commitment to this City.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Leaders in San Francisco and the tech industry released statements about the significance of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict. Mayor Breed wrote, “What this verdict does reflect is that the tide is turning in this country, although still too slowly, toward accountability and justice.” A number of tech leaders—from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to Tim Cook of Apple and Brad Smith of Microsoft—echoed these sentiments in their own statements. Read more about tech’s reaction to the historic trial here.
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Uber is licensing its ride-hailing software to three more public transit agencies (The Verge)
- Intuit plans to look for more tech talent in New York, Los Angeles (ZDNet)
- Alaska Airlines expands service in Wine Country (San Francisco Business Times)