Rhett Lindsey saw racial bias and discrimination in Silicon Valley firsthand as an engineer recruiter for Facebook, where “culture fit” hangs over candidates of color like an invisible cloud, he told the Washington Post.
Lindsey left the company in November after only 11 months on the job, and then channeled his experiences into co-founding Los Angeles-based tech startup Fyindr Inc. Along with fellow founders Shazan Ashroff and Bill Mehserle, he created Siimee, a recruitment app that aims to make the recruitment process more equitable and purposeful.
In today’s curation of curation of must-read tech and innovation articles, the Plug In South LA Beat, we dive deep into the problematic system that spurred Siimee:
A Recruiter Joined Facebook to Help It Meet its Diversity Targets. He Says its Hiring Practices Hurt People of Color.
Photo: Fyindr Inc. co-founder and CEO Rhett Lindsey. Credit: Siimee