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How Black Women Founders Are Tapping Into Crowdfunding During The Pandemic

Almost as soon as it became clear that life under quarantine would be the new norm for communities across the world, venture capital funding started to dry up. In May, VentureBeat reported that global VC funding dropped 20 percent since the coronavirus pandemic began in December. Black women founders, however — who have historically been …

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Amid COVID-19, Bronx Community Leaders Work To Close Technology Gaps

As COVID-19 rips through the United States, the impact the pandemic has had on communities across the country has garnered a lot of national attention. Many of the issues that are now being spotlighted — income inequality, lack of access to the internet, food insecurity — have been things that activists and community advocates have …

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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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For The Country’s Top Accelerators, New Inclusion Strategies Are On The Horizon

Google for Startups had already launched an accelerator specifically for Black founders when racial uprisings occurred throughout the country in June following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breanna Taylor, but Jewel Burks Solomon, head of Google for Startups, said the company wanted to do more. So, it launched a fund specifically for …

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Mapping The Black Innovation Alliance: Keeping Track of The Companies and Innovators Making Up The BIA and Where They Are

Anyone who is immersed in the tech world knows the disparities that Black founders and innovators face. A lack of funding, support, and diversity within the organizations they work stalls progress and keeps opportunities from people of color at just about every level. We know the numbers by now: Just 1 percent of VC funding …

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Examining How We Remove Barriers For a New World of Work

Nearly one-third of the jobs that will exist in 10 years have yet to be invented. As companies scour the world in search of the best talent in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and other high tech-enabled skills, the gaps within America’s workforce are ever increasing. Pew Research Center found that even as the job …

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Protests, Layoffs, and a Pandemic: How Diversity and Inclusion Advocates Are Navigating Tech’s Future

Like most industries, tech has certainly not been immune to the national turmoil of the past seven months. As America continues to grapple simultaneously with COVID-19 and a racial reckoning, many companies are struggling to navigate both pandemics. Even before 2020, there were critiques that little progress had been made in regards to diversity within …

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Black LGBTQ Owned Businesses Need Support During The Pandemic, Even If There Isn’t Exact Data On How Many There Are

The coronavirus pandemic’s economic impacts are still unfolding, but things are already far from evenly distributed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as unemployment fell for white workers in May, it rose to the highest rate in a decade among Black ones. Just as Black workers are disproportionately impacted by layoffs — and …

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Real Policy Outcomes for a Renewed Interest in Workplace Diversity

It’s projected that people of color will become the majority of the U.S. population between 2040 and 2050. As we talk about positioning them for the Future of Work, we must first look critically at the present state of affairs.  Black unemployment has remained twice as high as white unemployment ever since the Bureau of …

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Weathering COVID-19’s Impact on Their Operations, Black Women Tech Ecosystem Leaders Adapt and Adjust

Even prior to the current global pandemic — which has disproportionately affected minority communities — educational, networking, and funding opportunities in tech were limited for marginalized communities. Now, Black women leading tech ecosystems are working to ensure that the resources and networks they’ve worked to build don’t disappear. 

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