This VR Founder Wants to Gamify Empathy to Reduce Racial Bias

The tech industry, and companies like Starbucks, have spent millions of dollars to address implicit racial bias through diversity initiatives and racial sensitivity trainings. When Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores in May for racial bias training, the company recognized it would take more than four hours to undo a lifetime of unconscious behaviors in just one of …

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Aniyia Williams Was Awarded Her First Patent and Now Wants More Founders of Color to Build Hardware

“I got the crazy idea that maybe I can be the person to make this necklace that was also headphones,” said Aniyia Williams, founder and CEO of Tinsel. The Dipper, known as “ the world’s first audio necklace,” signifies the fruits of Williams’ labor, two years in the making. The sleek design is fashionable and functional …

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Dr. Nashlie Sephus and Ivan Walker honored as National GEM Consortium alumni of the year.

A Middle School Friendship Led to the Engineering of a Visual Recognition Tech Company

Dr. Nashlie Sephus and Ivan Walker were born and raised in Jackson, MS. Nashlie credits her 8th-grade science teacher for introducing her to an engineering summer camp for girls where she became fascinated with the fundamentals of computers. “I still often say that I naively chose the field because I had no idea how difficult yet rewarding that decision …

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Breaking the Mold? Black-Owned Venture Capital Firms Mirror Traditional VC

A small but growing group of black investors are raising big dollars in a venture capital community that traditionally lacks diversity. They are an eclectic mix of professional athletes, C-suite level executives, and former Wall Street bankers. To date, their funds range from $5 million to $100 million. But do these new black-owned venture capital …

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