Silicon Valley’s still a bro’s world

David McCandless, a London-based journalist, writer, designer and number-cruncher extraordinaire, has sunk his teeth into the gender gap that is Silicon Valley these days.

In a very cool (if slightly depressing) graphic, McCandless and his colleagues at Information Is Beautiful have broken down the workforces at leading tech companies by gender and ethnicity, leaving us a crystal-clear snapshot of what’s good and not so good about the way the Valley’s icons build their staffs.

Some headlines:

LinkedIn, Pinterest, eBay: GOOD

Apple, Google, Instagram: NOT SO

First a few words from McCandless on why he does what he does. (Enjoy… he’s a lot of fun to follow):

I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. I’ve written for The Guardian, Wired and others. I’m into anything strange and interesting.

These days I’m an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.
My pet-hate is pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts.

And now, his mission:

Myself, and the rest of the crack team here at Information is Beautiful, are dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.

And how does he make a living doing these deep data dives, you ask?

This site is entirely funded by sales of images, posters and books. Feel free to buy some!
Also, you can read more about the methodology here.

And without further adieu, here’s his killer graph:


Illustration at top from Thinkstock


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  • steve hammill

    Are you certain that this chart is meaningful?
    Would a similar chart of RNs be equally meaningful? Less than 10% of RNs are men, so why isn’t that important?

    Even if this chart is factually accurate, it promotes an agenda and provides no insight.