Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

Diversity within the technology sector of the music industry falls far short of the diversity make-up of the music industry as a whole. However, considering the diversity reports we’ve seen from Facebook, Twitter, and Google, I’m not surprised.

TechCrunch

Both Pandora and Indiegogo released diversity reports today that highlight an absence of African-American employees. The companies join a bandwagon of tech brands that have been releasing similar reports throughout the summer.

At Pandora, approximately 3 percent of its 1,300 or so employees are African-American/black and 4 percent are hispanic. That’s notable given that the company is located in Oakland, where about 28 percent of the total population is African-American and 25 percent is hispanic. The percentage of African-Americans is even lower in leadership and tech roles, where they represent only 1.1 and 2.8 percent of employees. In contrast 6.3 percent of Pandora’s leadership is hispanic.

At Indiegogo, a company of slightly more than 100 employees, only 2 percent of total employees are African-American, and the group is not represented in leadership or tech positions.

African Americans make up 12.9 percent of the U.S. population, but at tech companies they are continually underrepresented. At Twitter, Facebook

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About Dae Bogan

Dae Bogan is a music industry professional. Connect with Dae on Twitter at @DaeBoganMusic.

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