Airbnb launches new diversity initiative

By Marisa Kendall,© Copyright 2016, Bay Area News Group SAN FRANCISCO — As controversy swirls around Airbnb over allegations of racial discrimination on its home-sharing platform, the company is looking inward to address another problem all-to common in Silicon Valley — a lack of diversity in the workplace. On Monday the company announced Airbnb Connect, a Bay Area program focused on opening careers in engineering and data science to minorities, women, veterans and other groups underrepresented in the technology sector. Airbnb will select 11 candidates to participate in the six-month program that combines education and paid work at the company’s San Francisco headquarters, with the goal of ultimately offering participants full-time jobs. “We will build better products if our team is as diverse as the community we serve,” Mike…

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