I would like to see more women in tech as well but this statement from Kill Screen makes no fuckin sense to me at all. Don't hire for excellence? Ecellence is a strawman? Wtf:
Redefine "best": Carmack's answer was the shortest, but also gives a naked portrayal of how hiring is done at Oculus and frankly, elsewhere. Here's how it works. Pit gender diversity against the straw man of excellence. If it's going to "cost" your company something—time spent recruiting, "culture," awards, etc.—err on the side of excellence. If your team happens to be gender diverse, awesome. If not, this line of thinking goes, it's not my problem.
This is how things don't get fixed. Either part of a company's health involves gender diversity or it doesn't. Right now, per Oculus' staff page, just 12% of the company is female. That's lower than Apple, Yahoo!, Twitter and so on. Given that Fortune 500 companies with female directors perform better and Oculus' parent is committed to diversity, I'm sure they can find a way to both meet staffing needs and building an gender-balanced company. In fact, it makes sense. Why else would publicly traded companies make such a big deal of it?http://www.donotlink.com/bqd1