Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt on Women in Tech

During a public talk held recently in Washington DC, Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, said that the impression that the tech industry advances minorities and women is because the hidden biases that drive white male behavior are difficult to hide in the tech industry.

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“One possibility could be that the hidden biases that drive white male behavior are just harder to hide in the tech industry. Another is possibly the industry is younger so the biases have not evolved as much,” he said during the talk on a book, The New Digital Age, which he co-authored with Jared Cohen, head of the Google ideas.

Schmidt said that professional women continue to face a host of hidden biases as opposed to direct discrimination.

“There’s a lot of efforts that this next generation of women can in fact achieve their personal objectives. I can report that I know a whole bunch of women executives in their sort of early to mid 40s who have managed to be incredibly successful in their careers, have managed to end up with a good and acceptable business and great kids and somehow managed to work it out,” he said.

Schimdt added that from a corporation perspective diversity is as asset.

“There are differences in perception, in judgement and so forth across human society you are better off with a diversity decision making process. There are all sorts of scientific basis that says its true as well,” he said

‘If you want to have a high performing company this is the right thing. If you want to do the morally right thing, this is the right thing. And frankly its more interesting, because you get multiple points of view on this that matter.”

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