Harvest has been in business for eleven years. We started as a team of four, and today we have a team of fifty wonderful, smart, kind, and humble people. Our products serve over 50,000 businesses from around the world (that’s not a hyperbole–we really have customers from over a hundred countries!), and we’ve had the good fortune to be profitable and sustainable from the beginning. Best of all, we’ve never taken any investment, so we have no one to answer to but ourselves and can take this business wherever we wish.
By most standards, things are great at Harvest. But we do have one glaring problem.
When we look at our team, we find only men in our top leadership positions. We see twenty-seven people on the product team and just two women. And there isn’t just a disparity in gender–there’s also a racial disparity.
As co-founders of Harvest, this is troubling for Danny and me, especially because we’re usually considered to represent “diversity” in this country (Danny and I are Asian American). We’ve faced racism and exclusion throughout our lives, and we care deeply about social justice, diversity, and equality. Yet, somehow, we forgot about diversity at our own business.
Our excuse was that this wasn’t intentional: we didn’t set out to hire only dudes for our product team, and we didn’t mean for most of our women employees to be on the customer service team.
But that’s an excuse. And excuses are part of the problem.