Routine anti-bias training didn’t boost diversity in Silicon Valley, so this biracial female CEO uses virtual reality to expose VCs and founders to the emotional toll of discrimination and harassment

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Morgan Mercer is more self-aware than most. At least, that’s how she describes herself at professional meetings with new customers and investors. But outside the boardroom, she’s more likely to say she is “woke.”As a biracial woman and self-taught technologist, Mercer is not the average Silicon Valley founder and CEO. But she hopes that will change as diversity becomes a priority for the dominantly white and male industry. In fact, her company, Vantage Point, exists to help startups and tech companies better address sensitive but widespread issues like discrimination and harassment.”We are in a space right now where we’re having an awakening to how much we don’t know or understand, but at the same time there are a lot of people saying they don’t know what to do,” Mercer told Business Insider. “I see a lot of companies and VCs publishing statements in support of Black Lives Matter or allocating money to causes, and I think it’s all well intentioned, but we are in a space that people don’t really know how to act.”Vantage Point offers anti-bias training sessions with an unusual component: Participants put on virtual reality headsets made by Facebook division Oculus, and “experience” interactions …

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