Values

ACORN VALUES

Why value diversity in tech?

A lot of talk about diversity is thrown around these days.

Why does diversity in tech matter so much?

As the technology industry explodes, the future is being built before our eyes. If only a few perspectives are involved in this development, then the technological infrastructure of our world is going to be designed in the favor of the few who design it. We need technology that works for us all. That sees everybody.

Everybody has bias. It takes a collection of people with different experiences, cultures, feelings, perspectives to get the most comprehensive view of what that bias is. So we can go into the future with our eyes wide open.

It’s easy to fear the future when technology feels like it’s built by those who don’t understand or care about you. But, you don’t have to be afraid – you just have to partake. It’s time to show up and have a say, so we can build technology that sees everyone.

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Responsibility

We have three pillars of responsibility that guide our decisions, especially with whom we partner and associate, and the clients with which we choose to work.

We lovingly borrowed this concept from Thoughtworks, who adapted this concept from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

economic

We are a for-profit business, and that’s not a bad thing. We need to be able to continue growing as a fiscally responsible, sustainable business. We encourage linked prosperity in ways that benefit everyone connected to Acorn.

societal

We strive to make the world a better place. Do no evil. Improve our community and create a net positive benefit for society.

professional

We strive to do excellent work—work we are proud of. We want our work to be worthy of the respect of our peers in the industry, and exemplify best practices in software, data science, and business.