After telling Bloomberg TV that he can't allow a push for diversity in tech to "override merit," Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman
released a statement Monday apologizing for a "lack of clarity" in those comments.
"Comments I made during a media interview last week may have led some to infer that I believe that diversity and merit are mutually exclusive when it comes to recruitment, hiring and promotion. I do not believe this, and I want to personally apologize to anyone who may have been hurt or offended by my comments," Slootman said in a blog post. During an interview with Bloomberg TV last week, Slootman expressed worries that "we're actually highly sympathetic to diversity but we just don't want that to override merit. If I start doing that, I start compromising the company's mission literally."
Tom Krazit (
@tomkrazit) is a senior reporter at Protocol, covering cloud computing and enterprise technology out of the Pacific Northwest. He has written and edited stories about the technology industry for almost two decades for publications such as IDG, CNET, paidContent, and GeekWire. He has written and edited stories about the technology industry for almost two decades for publications such as IDG, CNET and paidContent, and served as executive editor of Gigaom and Structure.