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Here's Where and How Black Investors Are Placing Their Bets

Here's Where and How Black Investors Are Placing Their Bets

J.J. McCorvey August 19, 2019

J.J. McCorvey, explores how a few Black investors are thinking about the discovery and support of various niche industries and communities. 

As Black Investment Firms Gain Ground, Gender and Geographic Diversity Still Lacking

As Black Investment Firms Gain Ground, Gender and Geographic Diversity Still Lacking

Sherrell Dorsey August 12, 2019

In 2017, we began documenting the rise of Black-owned firms. Two years later, we’ve added a total of nine new investment firms established by single Black founders or a Black co-founder between 2018 and 2019, taking our scope of evaluated firms from 33 to 46.

Black Researchers Lead the Call to Teach Ethics and Equity to the Tech Industry

Black Researchers Lead the Call to Teach Ethics and Equity to the Tech Industry

Sherrell Dorsey August 5, 2019

Two African-American professors at Columbia University are spearheading efforts to introduce social work students to the field of technology. The unlikely merger of the two fields aims to help humanize technology by preparing social workers for an ever-evolving technologized world.

Building an Inclusive Tech Future: Are Black Tech Ecosystems Sustainable?

Building an Inclusive Tech Future: Are Black Tech Ecosystems Sustainable?

Sherrell Dorsey July 29, 2019

Without a long-term viable plan for sustainability, ecosystem leaders may rely too heavily on scarce dollars and risk unavoidable constraints when funding priorities shift.

3 Black Startups on Why They Failed

3 Black Startups on Why They Failed

Chasity Cooper July 15, 2019

Statistically, most startups don’t last five years before closing up shop. But for Black founders who already find it difficult to raise the capital they need for growth, fighting for survival sometimes no longer makes sense.

For First-Time Black Startup Investors, PopCom’s Crowdequity Campaign Offers Bridge

For First-Time Black Startup Investors, PopCom’s Crowdequity Campaign Offers Bridge

Sherrell Dorsey July 6, 2019

Dickson began a multi-city tour, hosting investor meetups and shaking hands with many of the individuals who took the leap to invest in PopCom.

Independent Black Beauty Brands Gain Clout, Sales Fueled by Instagram Influencer Culture

Independent Black Beauty Brands Gain Clout, Sales Fueled by Instagram Influencer Culture

Saidat Giwa-Osagie June 25, 2019

As more Black beauty brands leverage the direct-to-consumer ecosystem, Instagram is the virtual shop window powering connectivity, personalization, and relatability to women of color who see themselves in the values of the brand’s culture.

#BlackTechTwitter Emerges as Prolific Online Community Connecting Black Technologists to Jobs, Education, and Community

#BlackTechTwitter Emerges as Prolific Online Community Connecting Black Technologists to Jobs, Education, and Community

ThePLUG Staff June 4, 2019

Pariss Athena was earning just under $50,000 a year working as a wax specialist…

New Intellectual Property Granted at HBCUs Experienced an Uptick Since 2010

New Intellectual Property Granted at HBCUs Experienced an Uptick Since 2010

ThePLUG Staff May 12, 2019

In our last data story, we explored the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s…

HBCUs Trail Behind in Intellectual Property Creation

HBCUs Trail Behind in Intellectual Property Creation

ThePLUG Staff April 1, 2019

Historically Black colleges and universities, the first of which was founded in 1837, were…

Meet the Woman Leading CTA's $10 Million Commitment to Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

Meet the Woman Leading CTA's $10 Million Commitment to Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

ThePLUG Staff March 28, 2019

For Tiffany Moore, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is more than just a catchphrase—it’s a…

Atlanta’s 'Godfather of Tech' Has Big Ambitions for the Black Mecca

Atlanta’s 'Godfather of Tech' Has Big Ambitions for the Black Mecca

ThePLUG Staff March 22, 2019

Most non-ATLiens who know the name Paul Judge learned it from his current cameos…

HBCU@SXSW Presented Its Largest Cohort to Date—Here’s What We’ve Learned

HBCU@SXSW Presented Its Largest Cohort to Date—Here’s What We’ve Learned

ThePLUG Staff March 12, 2019

For students of color, South by Southwest (SXSW) serves as a premier destination to…

How Paige & Paxton Uses Identity to Fuel STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

How Paige & Paxton Uses Identity to Fuel STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

ThePLUG Staff February 7, 2019

What began as two puzzle characters created more than 30 years ago by journalist…

Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

ThePLUG Staff January 31, 2019

The United Kingdom tech sector shares common characteristics with its U.S. counterpart: the industry…

Black Tech Startups to Watch at CES

Black Tech Startups to Watch at CES

Sherrell Dorsey January 8, 2019

The world’s largest consumer technology show is underway today, opening its doors to industry…