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Diversity is a key challenge facing the tech ecosystem here in Europe, and it is ironic that more companies are not looking to address that challenge when talent is also such a key issue for them. Companies are not looking widely and deeply enough for diverse talent. Founders need to take ownership of this as they scale.
In Europe we have blindly imported Silicon Valley’s conversation on diversity and inclusion, which is often too narrow in scope, and further marginalises other underrepresented groups or leaves itself vulnerable to accusations of identity politics. For example, the underrepresentation of people from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds or persons with disabilities seems to be missing from the conversation entirely.