Why DEI Is Important to Us
Diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of everything we do at Drift because it’s in our DNA. Our co-founder and CEO, David Cancel, is a first generation American, raised by an Ecuadorian mother and a Puerto Rican father. And co-founder and CTO, Elias Torres, was 17 when he immigrated to Tampa from Nicaragua with his mother and two brothers. They both know what it’s like to not come from much and to overcome obstacles to get to where they are.
Elias and David are part of the just 2% of VC-backed startups led by Latinx founders. That statistic (and another that notes that 98% of Latinx-led companies report less than $1 million in annual revenue) proves we don’t have the processes or people in place to ensure that underrepresented minorities get the information and access others do. What’s more, just 8% of Latinx-owned businesses operate in the technology sector. David and Elias are out to change that.
Being a Role Model in Tech
At Drift, David and Elias are building a strong, enduring company because they believe in the products we’ve created and the team we’ve built. But also, because growing up, neither of them knew that building a company like Drift was even possible. They want to serve as role models to show other underrepresented minorities exactly what’s possible.
Our Diversity Mission
We value ALL voices at Drift. The power of different perspectives helps Drift continue to be innovative in the B2B marketing tech space. Diversity at Drift is meant to empower all of our employees and give them autonomy and responsibility for decision-making in their daily work.
Here at Drift, we believe in diversity of thought, and we encourage it daily.
We know that when we empower our teams to step up, make their own decisions and pave their own path to success, we will create a better workplace culture. We don’t want to just “invite everyone to the party”, we want you to dance and enjoy yourself.
What We’re Doing
We’re always going to have more work to do. But one of the ways we think we can best make change is to be transparent about what we’re trying to achieve and how we’re doing it.
Company demographics & technology roles
Employee Resource Groups
At Drift we respect different opinions and embrace the fact that we’re not the same. By doing that, we create unity. It’s one of the ways we align with our leadership principle ‘Create a Culture of Respect and Trust.’ A part of that is also having the ability to connect with others you relate to personally. For that reason, Drift supports ERGs in their grassroots growth.