Dave rule

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The Dave rule is an inside joke in Silicon Valley startup culture that posits that if a work team includes as many women as it does people named Dave, it has achieved acceptable gender balance. The joke is a reference to Silicon Valley's infamous gender gap.[1][2]

The concept was in use in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science under the name "Dave-to-girl ratio" or "Dave-to-female ratio" at least as early as 1999.[3][4] It was first documented in Silicon Valley, which employs many Carnegie Mellon SCS alumni, under the name "Dave rule" in 2014 by Guardian newspaper correspondent Rory Carroll in an article about a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against dating application startup Tinder by a female former executive.[5]


  1. ^ Kaminska, Izabella (27 February 2015). "Since you asked: the tech industry and its problem with women". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ Smith, Dave. "Women Are Vastly Underrepresented In The Tech Sector". No. 14 August 2014. Business Insider. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  3. ^ Lenore, Blum. "Women in Computer Science: The Carnegie Mellon Experience" (PDF). Women@SCS. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  4. ^ Hafner, Katie (22 May 2003). "An Imbalance; Casting a Wider Net to Attract Computing Women". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  5. ^ Carroll, Rory (2 July 2014). "Sexism in Silicon Valley: Tinder, the 'Dave rule' and tech's glass ceiling". Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2015.