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Creating the Majority-Minority Tech Hubs for the Future of Work

When educator Tiffany Shumate relocated to Oakland from the East Coast four years ago, she found that the luster and resources of nearby Silicon Valley didn’t cross the bridge to her community, even though she’d heard Big Tech companies issue platitudes about wanting to be involved. “I ended up in East Oakland and being like, …

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Black Founders Remain Optimistic About Survival Despite Running Out of Money (SURVEY)

We surveyed a segment of The Plug PRO subscribers who self-identify as Black founders running companies in industry areas ranging from data analytics services to esports to virtual reality. Our goal was to collect sentiments on how they’re being impacted by the current climate and whether they feel their business will survive over the next 90 days. 

Yelp Ratings Expose Barriers to Revenue for Black Businesses Left Behind in the Wave of Digital Gentrification

Black businesses in Black communities aren’t benefiting financially from positive online reviews compared to their white counterparts. A new study from the Brookings Institution revealed that even the highest-rated Black businesses on Yelp located in Black neighborhoods earn less in revenue compared to poorly-rated non-minority-owned businesses in white communities. 

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

Pariss Athena was earning just under $50,000 a year working as a wax specialist in Boston after dreams of making it as a young actress in Los Angeles went south. Today, she’s making over $80,000 as a front-end developer at a Boston-based digital agency and leading the quickly growing #BlackTechTwitter online community. Athena jumpstarted her …

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