But if corporate executives fail to act, their best employees might do it for them, says Hunter Walk, a former Google product manager and venture investor. “The real power is held by the employees of these tech companies since they walk out the door every night,” wrote Walk by email. “My guess – and hope – is that they’ll want to see their employers continue to display values around diversity, inclusion, innovation. So ultimately it’s each CEO’s job not just to keep the stock price rising, but maintaining their company as a place where talented technologists want to work.”


Correction: A previous version of this post stated the position of Dilawar Syed as CEO of Freshdesk. He is president. 

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