"Research shows that most tech companies are not exhausting the available talent that already exists," said Tyi McCray, a partner at San Francisco-based Paradigm, a firm that helps tech companies find diverse candidates. African American and Latino students, especially, "are graduating with computer science degrees at far higher rates than tech companies are hiring them.”
One tech giant that hasn’t had a problem finding diverse talent is Intel, according to Danielle Brown, chief diversity and inclusion officer for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm. In its midyear diversity report, the company notes that 43.4% of its hires this year have been women or underrepresented people of color. "While we can always work to increase the pipeline … we haven't experienced the pipeline problem per se,” she said.