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When Does "Culture" Become Bias?

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 1
110 E 2nd St


Sometimes a company's culture begins at its founding: a few friends, who hire more people they know and are comfortable with.

Sometimes a company's culture comes from its community: the people who use it.

At some point, what we call culture can become something else: we go drinking on weeknights; we are just a bunch of guys; we are just a bunch of people from Stanford and so on.

Studies show that the most successful companies have a diversity of viewpoints.

The underside of hiring for culture is that many talented potential candidates are disqualified because they wouldn't "fit in" with the company.

At a certain point, fit trumps qualifications, and recruiters look for people with the same background and work style as the rest of the team.

While this might make for a strong company culture, it limits diversity.


#sxsw #FitBias


Daryll McDade

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Sheeroy Desai



Sheeroy co-founded Gild with Luca Bonmassar and is the CEO of the company. Sheeroy is responsible for driving the company’s strategy, vision and culture. With over 25 years in the tech industry, Gi...

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Venky Ganesan

Managing Dir

Menlo Ventures

Venky joined Menlo Ventures in 2013 and focuses on investments in the consumer and enterprise sectors. He currently serves on the board of BitSight, Gild, Handle, Machine Zone and Takipi. Prior to ...

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