Interesting cover story on today’s USA Today. Not the one that Donald and Shelly Sterling are going to sell the Clippers for $2B to a “Tech Guy,” but the one about diversity in Technology. My comments on the Sterling situation are an entirely different story.
So the article is about Google and their workforce demographic. The USA Today pins Google as an “exclusive boys club” because they are 83% men, 17% women. Having been in the marketing of Consumer Electronics for nearly 20 years, I don’t find that shocking at all. That’s what the data has been for years; we’ve often marketed to boys and their electronic toys. After all, the saying “guys love gadgets” came from somewhere right? I believe this is changing as technology continues to be a greater part of our daily lives.
Today I’m driving to Durham, North Carolina for the 2014 Bronto Summit. It was a year ago when Jon and I attended the 2013 conference and were amazed at the energy, excitement and passion in the room. I’ve been to a lot of tradeshows, conferences, and sales meetings. This event was unlike the others. This was state-of-the-art commerce marketing passion. It was amazing!
These past few weeks we’ve all seen and heard about Justin Bieber’s multiple arrests. We’ve seen the headlines, read the articles, listened to it on talk shows. It’s been mainstream news, more so than important relevant world topics. Our society loves celebrity gossip. We love to worship athletes, entertainers, and other celebs. The amount of publicity he’s received is disheartening to say the least, but that’s a whole other story.