Polyvore's Gender Diversity Blows Google, Facebook Out of the WaterAugust 08, 2014
Silicon Valley Business Journal
by Sarah Drake
Fashion technology startup Polyvore Inc. released gender diversity numbers Friday that outplay virtually every other Silicon Valley company in terms of women in leadership roles.
In a blog post on its website, the Mountain View-based interactive fashion trend website disclosed that the following percentages of each role are held by women: 67 percent maintain leadership titles; 39 percent in product and engineering roles; and 26 percent in engineering positions. Overall, 59 percent of the total company are women while 41 percent are men.
When considering Polyvore's ethnicity ratios, the numbers are more on par with other tech companies. The company is mostly Asian and white, with 48 percent and 47 percent, respectively. Hispanics and the "other" ethnic groups each hold 2.5 percent.
"We’re certainly not as ethnically diverse as we could be. But as a female Computer Science grad whose 2005 department t-shirt was a drawing of six male stick figures and one female stick figure (a joke about the gender ratio), I’m proud that Polyvore’s engineering team is 26% female, well above the industry standard of 10-15%," CEO Jess Lee wrote in the post.
We covered Lee and Polyvore's plans in this March profile piece.
E-commerce company eBay Inc. was the most-recent tech firm to disclose gender diversity numbers, revealing that female workers hold 28 percent of leadership positions.