resume and applying for tech positions, remember that only in the last
five years are we slowly starting to
see companies being held accountable for breaches of ethics. More media outlets are covering crimes like
sexual harassment in tech, and social
media has provided marginalized
tech employees a space to be heard.
Good tech can solve problems, like
my grade calculation and conference
room booking examples, but it can
also just be a communication channel
where it is safer to voice concerns and
ideas. Where our voices are a little bit
louder and more likely to be heard by
those who can create change.
My final advice to students graduating into the tech industry is to not forget who you are solving problems for.
We don’t learn alone, regardless of
what industry we are in, so the tools
we build should reflect that. Use your
privilege to vocalize your ethics and
push those around, and even above,
you to do the same. Harness the power of social media to not only lift yourself up, but others around you as well.
You will probably find, like I have, that
the most rewarding part of working in
tech is knowing the work you do helps
everyone, which is what software is
supposed to be doing after all.
Jenn Schiffer works at Fog Creek Software as community
engineer for Glitch.com. Previously, she worked as
an engineer at Bocoup and the National Basketball
Association. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s
in computer science at Montclair State University, where
she was an adjunct and then department administrator for
the computer science department before she entered the
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Since its inception, the culture of dating has undergone quite
a change. From personal ads in a British newspaper in the late
1600s to online platforms for virtually every city, religion, race,
and sexual orientation in 2017, the idea of dating has evolved
vastly because of technical advancements over the years.
1959 The first attempt toward developing a matchmaking service was made by Jim Harvey
and Phil Fialer. As a part of a class project for the Happy
Families Planning Services, 49 men and women were matched
using a punch card questionnaire and an IBM 650 mainframe
1965 The first computer-based dating service, Operation Match, was started in the U.S. by a
few undergrads from Harvard. The users were asked to fill out
a paper-based questionnaire, which was transferred to punch
cards and then processed on an IBM 7090. Thereafter, users
received a printout listing details of their matches.
2000 Neil Clark Warren and Greg Forgatch founded eHarmony, which is an online dating website
designed for single men and women looking for long-term
relationships. The platform has members from more than 150
countries. It exclusively runs a relationship research facility to
optimize its matching process.
2009 Compatible Partners, an online dating service that serves the gay community, was launched
by eHarmony Inc. in response to a settlement with the State
of New Jersey. The lawsuit claimed eHarmony was in violation
of the law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual
2012 The location-based social search app Tinder was launched. The app uses Facebook and
Spotify profiles for matching users, and is available in about
30 languages. By the end of the year 2014, Tinder was used by
more than 50 million people every month with an average of
12 million matches per day.
— Alok Pandey
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of board seats in the Fortune 500 largest companies were held by members of ethnic minorities in 2015.
Meanwhile, almost 43% of the U.S. population belongs to an ethnic minority.