How Duolingo has Worked to Become an Inclusive Office from the Inside Out

The 25 women of Duolingo meet regularly outside of work to compare notes and offer support. This is one of three diversity and inclusion initiatives launched by the company. They think companies should work on their internal culture too, not just hire their way to more diversity and inclusion.

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Duolingo is a steadily growing, well-funded startup company with 80 employees in a colorful Pittsburgh office that features the obligatory ping pong tables, hammocks, and mod diner booths for employee collaboration. (Its office was recently named one of the city’s “Coolest” by the Pittsburgh Business Times.)

The company’s main product is an app that teaches you a foreign language by reminding you to spend time daily playing its language-learning practice exercises, which consist of taking little quizzes on your phone or computer. It was the brainchild of a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor and one of his students……..

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