The Verge’s editor-at-large and author, Adam Davidson, is a former journalist and journalist for The Wall Street Journal.
Davidson was a reporter for The New York Times for more than a decade, and he now teaches at Harvard Law School.
He’s the author of the forthcoming book, In Search of a Black Man, which he describes as a memoir about his journey interviewing a white man for a position at a prominent tech company.
The book is currently being edited.
Davidson spoke with The Verge about his experience interviewing a person of color, what he learned about diversity in tech and how the tech industry has handled the issue of diversity.
The Verge: When did you begin interviewing for positions at a major tech company?
I was at The New Yorker, so I went to New York.
I was interviewed by the editor-general of the magazine, so we had a good conversation about diversity.
I said, “Look, I think we have a pretty good story here.
The story’s not quite as good as what you might have heard about diversity.”
But he’s a smart guy.
He thought it was good enough to hire me.
But the problem was, the story was really bad, so they fired me from The New Republic and said, No, we’re going to take a chance.
They offered me a job at Yahoo, which is one of the companies that have historically been known for being the least diverse.
I didn’t want to be part of that culture.
So, I just went for it.
I was interviewed for a job, which I thought was a great opportunity, but they wanted a black person.
I went up and met the CEO, who was very nice.
I thought I would get hired and that’s how I got hired, but it turned out that they hired someone else and he didn’t work for the company anymore.
So I ended up interviewing at Twitter, which was the first time I ever interviewed a black male.
I did that at Yahoo because they were hiring a black woman.
The person who interviewed me was a white woman who said, We are hiring a white person.
And I thought, Wow, what a big deal!
I said to myself, Well, it’s a good opportunity, I’m excited to be at Twitter.
And then I ended a day on the street at a black restaurant, and I was talking to a woman, and she was like, I don’t know, I can’t believe you were hired.
And so I told her that I would be happy to come back and she said, I’ll take you up on that.
I think that’s the first interaction that I had with a white female executive.
The experience changed my perception of diversity in the tech world.
It also changed my perspective on hiring and what it means to have a diverse workforce.
How did that experience change your perspective?
I started working at Yahoo and started interviewing, and it was amazing, because I thought that I was interviewing the perfect person.
There were no black people in the room.
There was no white people in there.
And yet, I was seeing a lot of black and Latino people, and they were all in suits and they had the same hair and they seemed like they were doing the same thing, so it was just amazing to see all of these diverse people.
I started to realize that it’s important to have diversity, and that diversity in hiring and inclusion in leadership positions is an important goal.
We have to do everything we can to get that diversity.
I think that what happened was, when I went down to Silicon Valley, I met some of the most brilliant minds that I’ve ever met in my life.
And they were white, male, heterosexual, and the idea of being white male was really appealing to me.
So when I was on the phone with my team, I told them I would love to meet someone that is different.
I had a conversation with one of my mentors.
I told him I would like to talk to him.
And he said, Sure, I would meet him.
I asked him if he would like me to come down to San Francisco.
And his answer was, “No, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
And so that was the genesis of my thinking.
I remember thinking, Wow!
I’m so lucky.
And a few months later, I had the opportunity to meet some of my heroes in person.
It was great.
That’s when I realized that the problem is that we have to have the courage to hire, and to hire people of color.
And that is the story that’s being told in Silicon Valley right now, and in the industry.
What can we do to change that?
We have to make sure that we’re hiring people of colour.
I have the experience that when you’re doing the interview with a person and you ask for their