Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions and achievements of Black individuals throughout history, but it is also a time to remember the struggles and challenges they have faced and continue to face. Like others, we need to learn from our experiences and use them to become better.
Starship strives every day to realize its core values. These are our values that guide each of us, far beyond the work we do within the company, the people we work with, the people we reach out to, and the impact we seek to create. Each journey, whether personal or professional, is an opportunity to learn and improve.
Yes, let’s be the first to state that tech diversity is still a concern in 2023. The Kapor Center’s 2022 State of Tech Diversity report states, “Between 2014 and 2021, the In 2014, the proportion of blacks in tech positions at large tech companies increased by only 1%.” The goal is universal acceptance that a diverse, fair and inclusive workplace benefits everyone. Such a work environment provides a platform for different perspectives, nurtures creativity, enhances problem-solving skills and fosters innovation. As a company, we are enthusiastic advocates for diversifying the management team (representative issue) and increasing his commitment to DEI. As the late activist and literary icon Maya Angelou put it: And when you know better, do better. ”
Here at Starship, by working as a team and letting data guide the way, together we can accomplish more than we ever could before alone. Looking back at the myriad barriers and obstacles that BIPOC individuals have overcome, we are inspired by this resilience and determination to overcome adversity while overcoming every curb, knowing that we too can overcome these challenges. The dedication of our Black colleagues, friends and family members is a reminder that with perseverance you can always achieve your goals and aspirations.
In the spirit of progress and innovation, we would like to take this opportunity to remember the purpose of Black History Month through conscious recognition of the historical leaders who have brought us to where we are today. Later this month, Starship will share highlights of black contributors in the field of AI and robotics, highlighting the outstanding work done by the BlPOC pioneers. Without their outstanding contributions, AI and robotics would not be what they are today.