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What Trump means for Diversity in Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley is often criticised for its lack of diversity, but the tide is changing with historically excluded groups making up an impressive number of those at the top spot.

New research shows that over 40% of Silicon Valley companies founded in the last seven years had at lease one immigrant founder, with CEO positions particularly open to minorities. Such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai CEO of Google. Whilst still proportionately small numbers it is a step in the right direction.

 

From 1996 to 2011, the business startup rate of immigrants increased by over 50%, while native born startups actually declined by 10%. Silicon Valley and many other tech hubs across the globe rely on foreign workers and have long argued for government to relax laws imposed on skilled foreign workers. With Mark Zuckerburg publicly urging government to review its immigration proposals.

 

However, it is not clear what immigration policies President Elect Trump will propose, after much of his campaign advocated for stricter limits on immigration. While Trump may have been quick to overlook international talent, we at Global {M} know all to well that embracing a global approach to sourcing the best technological talent is the only way to succeed. Without immigration there would be no Silicon Valley nor Silicon Roundabout in London as we know it.

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