Step inside the Sweb Development headquarters and see what companies in Silicon Valley are trying to be. Despite efforts to diversify, companies like Facebook, Apple and Google remain predominantly white and male. “In terms of gender diversity, we’re almost 50-50 in the company overall, which is really exciting,” said Sweb Development CEO Magaly Chocano.
Chocano’s 14-person staff is 72 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Asian, 7 percent white and 7 percent Native American. She said diversity is a benefit to her staff and clients.
“The more diverse you are, the better you are in general. It’s a male-dominated world, still is, of course, and I think that it will be for a long time. I think women in technology are hard to find, and when you do, it’s a gem,” she said. “What I have seen is a change in clients actually wanting to work with us and a much more diverse team understanding that having this diversity is incredibly beneficial to them.”