Wesley Faulkner

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It’s the hard conversations. Like a lot of people are still trying to find a way around not having these hard conversations, come to these real truths about how their approaching business and the
structure and the system that we all live in. And if Google doesn’t have the power to go against the system in terms of what they see people as and how they treat people it makes it so much harder for all these other companies. Because now they can just point to the big behemoth in the room is saying: “They’re profitable. They’re making money hand-over-fist” why…why…”If they don’t need to do it, why should we do it?” Umm, I think time and time again we talk about when you invest in people color you invest in people who are under-represented that the money is 10 times. 3 times, 1 and a half times more in terms of an investment than traditional let’s say funding streams. But people are putting their money where their mouths are. In terms of even using data, a data-driven company like Google saying that we need to invest here not just because it’s the right thing to do for humanity. I mean, yes… But it’s this is actually…it’s a good investment. This is going to help sustain us as a company.

Wesley Faulkner is a first-generation American. He is a founding member of the government transparency group Open Austin and ran for Austin City Council in 2016. His professional experience also includes work as a social media and community manager for the software company Atlassian, and various roles for the computer processor company AMD, Dell, and IBM. Wesley Faulkner serves as a board member for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) and is a Developer Advocate for Daily.

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