The lone woman and Latino on the panel, Ana Diaz-Hernandez—an associate at the social-impact venture capital firm Kapor Capital—has been heavily invested in pushing for a diverse labor pool. She noted that one of the issues that black techies face is the loneliness of being the “only one.” She said that could factor into whether someone accepts a job.


Diaz-Hernandez suggested that companies interview at least a few candidates of color so that they have a larger pool to hire from. She stressed that if you build a diverse company from the beginning, you are less likely to have a diversity problem in the end.