Recent violent attacks against Asians and Pacific Islanders are horrifying. TechNet and our member companies oppose all forms of hate and discrimination. In this week’s Tech At Work, see how tech is standing with — and helping — the AAPI community.

Verizon Commits $10 Million in Donations to the AAPI Community (Verizon)

Verizon is donating $10 million to organizations advancing social justice for the AAPI community, including $5 million to help promote Asian-owned and operated small businesses.

Asian American Executives Donated $10 Million to Support the AAPI community (Zoom/DoorDash/Facebook)

AAPI chief executives and senior leaders are donating $10 million to groups such as the Asian Pacific Fund, the StopAAPIHate research group, and Asian-Americans Advancing Justice.

Why I’m Speaking Out Against Anti-Asian Hate (Google)

Google’s Director of Marketing Analytics and Operations shares her personal experiences with microaggressions against Asian Americans and how they often contradict the idea of the American dream.

Lyft Stands with the AAPI Community Against Racism, Xenophobia, and Hate (Lyft)

Lyft is partnering with multiple organizations to help vulnerable members of the AAPI community feel safer in getting to their destination, including to and from vaccination appointments.

Solutions to Support AAPI Colleagues and the Wider Community (Salesforce)

Asiapacforce, Salesforce’s equality group empowering the Asia Pacific community, is raising awareness of ongoing injustice and offers several ways to support the AAPI community.

HP Reaffirms its Commitment to Asian and Pacific Islander Communities (HP)

DoorDash’s AAPI Employee Resource Group Strives to Create a Supportive, Compassionate Community (DoorDash)

Standing as One With the Asian American Community (Comcast)

What’s New in Tech

Uber Releases Feature to Help Pronounce Employee’s Genuine Names


Uber calls it the Whober feature.

Often Asian Americans adopt “American” names to assimilate better into the culture.  Uber believes to improve employee sentiment, culture, and collaboration people simply need a way to educate others on how to pronounce their genuine names.

In partnership with an internal engineering team, Uber developed a feature in their internal employee directory tool that allows folks to write and record how someone should say their name.  Uber thinks it creates better connections and hopes one day to extend the feature into their app.

Read more here.

What We’re Saying

TechNet Welcomes Byte, Carta, and Warburg Pincus as New Members

TechNet Statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

TechNet Applauds House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

Before You Start Your Weekend

Honeywell is helping small businesses adapt during the pandemic. The company invested $2 million to create the Small Business Innovation Fund in Charlotte, NC.  The money is helping small businesses make the changes they need to survive — and thrive — during COVID-19.