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File under rare-yet-encouraging tech news: Polyvore's engineering blog just posted the company's diversity numbers, revealing that 67 percent of its leadership positions are held by women. So just how did these ladies rise to the top?

CEO Jess Lee details the importance of cultivating a meritocracy by encouraging "a culture of explaining and asking why, to ensure that decisions are made based on the merit of people's arguments, not on seniority or social clout." To prevent a favored "inner circle," important decisions happen at work during work hours, not at social events (like the too-good-to-be-true-sounding "scotch o' clock"), where some people may not be in attendance.

Lee further praises Polyvore's engineering team, which is 26 percent female—well above the industry standard of 10-15 percent—though she admits there's still room for improvement when it comes to ethnic diversity. —Lauren Berger
· Diversity and Meritocracy at Polyvore [Polyvore Engineering Blog]
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