Gender Diversity in Early-stage Silicon Valley Technology Companies

From Craft’s database of Human Capital metrics, we pulled gender diversity data for just over 500 technology firms headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on those with less than 100 employees.

Following revelations of significant gender-related problems at global tech leader Uber, the lack of diversity in the tech industry is once again in the spotlight. Uber reported that of its technology workforce, only 15% were women. We were curious to see if lack of gender diversity was as big an issue at smaller technology companies, or whether the ratios started off better and deteriorated as the companies grew.


From Craft’s database of Human Capital metrics, we pulled gender diversity data for just over 500 technology firms headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on those with less than 100 employees.


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We found that on average, Bay Area tech firms with less than 10 employees were 83% male and 17% female.



In firms of more than 10 but less than 50 employees, the teams were very slightly more balanced, at 80% Male and 20% Female.



Between 50 and 100 employees, the ratio continued to improve, with 76% Male and 24% Female team members.




The data suggests that as companies progress, representation of women improves very slightly, but remains very far from the balanced point, that would represent an ideal scenario.


According to the Census Bureau’s March 2016 Current Population Survey, women make up 51% of the American population, and based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, women account for 47% of the working population. Considering the Technology sector builds and markets products for almost everyone, the fact that it has only 15-25% female representation is a structural problem.

We will continue to track the diversity of Technology companies, and hope to contribute to the imbalance being rapidly redressed.


Sources & Notes:

  • The diversity numbers have been compiled from Social Media sources.
  • https://craft.co


About Craft:

Craft is a machine-learning powered data and analytics platform building the ‘Source of Truth’ on companies, and mapping the global economy. We organize data from thousands of sources to provide comprehensive, up-to-date sector and company profiles, ranging from early-stage to the largest companies in the world.

As the economy, and nature of work continue to undergo massive transformation, Craft’s mission is to provide context and freely available tools to help people discover and evaluate companies and opportunities. Our platform is used for market and sector research, customer lead generation, competitive analysis and career search.



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