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Technology's a great thing but unless you have diverse views at the table you don't wind up with great solutions

We are seeing businesses invest in tech to unprecedented levels but the question still remains about bringing the diverse views to the table to make the investments as brilliant as they could be. Further evidence in this interesting interview with Tim Cook on why diversity is not a "nice to have", but a business imperative peaked my interest this morning.

We are seeing brilliant initiatives from the leading lights in business; Apples Founders Development programme for female founders is one great example alongside Google's Black Founders Fund but more needs to be done. And more needs to be done at pace to keep up with the developments in technology and also in the skills deficit we are seeing in the marketplace.

Whilst progress is slowly being made, equalising the playing field requires interventions at grassroots.   

"I think the essence of technology and its effect on humanity depends upon women being at the table," Mr Cook says. "Technology's a great thing that will accomplish many things, but unless you have diverse views at the table that are working on it, you don't wind up with great solutions." He said while companies including his own had made progress on diversity, there were "no good excuses" for the tech sector not to employ more women.

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reskilling, diversity equity inclusion

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