More than a third of workers in the US, 34 percent, think the tech industry pays men higher salaries than women for the same work, says a report out Wednesday from Beqom, a company that makes compensation management software.That's compared to banking and finance, with 23 percent of surveyed workers pointing to inequality in that industry; health care and medical, at 13 percent; and education and higher education, at 5 percent.More broadly, nearly half of US workers believe men are paid more than women at their company for doing the same job.The report, which surveyed 1,200 workers in the US, also found that 34 percent didn't think employees at their company were paid fairly, regardless of race and age.This survey data comes at a time when the tech industry regularly makes headlines for its male-dominated work forces and its lack of diversity. In recent years, however, companies like Apple and Salesforce have started closing their pay gaps. Solving for XX reading • … [Read more...] about Gender pay gap: Workers peg tech industry as one of the top offenders
You'd have thought marijuana legalization would have made life easier for pot growers in areas like Northern California with decades of expertise.Instead, cannabis cultivators are grappling with industrialization issues as production that once was hidden in closets and deep forests becomes just another part of American agribusiness. Some growers will continue tending plants by hand and try to preserve natural traditions for a boutique marijuana market. But for the mainstream, the future lies with technologies like genetic testing, robotic harvesting, crop data analysis and even yeast-based manufacturing, said experts at the New West Summit marijuana conference in Oakland."Boutique is always going to have a place, but it's not the fast track to get cannabinoids to the mass market. To get to that we have to do more industrialization," said Michael Key, chief executive officer of Impello Biosciences, which sells biological products to help marijuana growers. "A lot of the market now is … [Read more...] about Marijuana growers wrestle with cannabis’ high-tech, industrial future
With lawmakers, presidents, advocates and venture capitalists lining up to criticize the tech industry's missteps in the last couple years, you'd think that'd be enough. But no: Even the tech industry's own employees are fed up.A new survey of 1,500 respondents from the Edelman Trust Barometer conducted around California in January found the endless string of scandals that have hit tech giants like Facebook, Google and Uber have taken their toll. More than half of tech industry employees now say that their data is shared too much and that companies have failed to protect our data. Edelman's surveys also found falling trust in the tech industry to do the right thing. Now, surveys show, people have more faith in marijuana growers and dispensaries than they do social media companies. It's no surprise then that 59 percent of respondents say the tech industry should be more regulated than it is now, up from 46 percent last year.The results are the latest sign of how far … [Read more...] about Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry
Women of color are entrepreneurs. But if you look at the tech scene, you'd hardly know it.A new study from the Kapor Center, Pivotal Ventures and Arizona State University's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology found that women of color make up 80 percent of all new women-led small businesses in the US. In tech, however, that figure plummets to 4 percent. This is just one stat highlighted in Women and Girls of Color in Computing, a report released Monday.The study comes at a time when we've come to expect annual diversity reports from large tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, but those reports don't include a full range of statistics. One of the most notable breakdowns often left out is the percentage of women of color at the company. Women of color often get lumped into the broader category of women. In short, there's not enough data out there that focuses on women on color. And that can be problematic. As the report put it: "Without identifying and … [Read more...] about Tech industry is leaving behind women of color, report shows
Good things come in small packages! Want to learn more? Check out these future sports cars pictures. GM Is bigger always better? Texans love everything bigger and in some cases bigger is in fact better. Imagine trying to sleep two people in a twin size bed and then think of how much easier it would be in a king size bed. In that case bigger is definitely better! For decades the automotive industry and American car buyers have held the same belief, that bigger and more powerful was always better. But are things changing? Most definitely! We can thank the skyrocketing gas prices, economic turmoil and new government regulations for altering our dreams of owning a large SUV or V8 powered sedan. In the past few years the auto industry has been taking a page from the tech industry, by packing more stuff in a smaller package. Have buyers accepted it? When the economic downturn started at the end of the last decade many car owners were forced to abandon their large SUVs and trucks for … [Read more...] about Is there a future for tiny, high-tech luxury cars?