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Why It's So Hard to Make Tech More Diverse

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Tracy Chou, CEO and founder of Block Party

"Block Party...pulls together a few different threads from my background. I've worked as an engineer at various social platform companies, and I've worked on monitoring, moderating, increasing the quality of content, and figuring out how product design in

Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, diversity advocate, and founder and CEO of Block Party.

Tracy Chou started Block Party, a company that targets online harassment by giving Twitter users more control over which tweets appear in their feed and mentions.

In an interview, she talks about how she hopes Block Party can fix some of the problems she’s experienced firsthand in the tech industry—including the sort of online harassment of which she has been a target.

"I'd...spent a lot of time looking at how the lack of diversity and representation in teams meant that products were built in a skewed way. Nondiverse teams of people who generally don't get targeted with abuse and harassment don't tend to build protections against that in their apps."

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