For Black tech founders who operate extensively within the general public or whose business dealings require extensive travel to meet with investors or presentations at major industry conferences, the long-term effects of COVID-19 have yet to be realized. Their proactivity in managing their workforces breaks down to using common sense as well as keeping a keen eye on how the future of work will be shaped by building culturally-responsive remote work cultures.
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.
Just one year after announcing its $10 million commitment to investing in underrepresented founders, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has doubled down on its diversity initiatives by introducing a new programming track at its annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference for those looking to see women and founders of color gracing the show’s stages.
Within the last year alone, Black tech platform creators have emerged to claim their stake in the multibillion-dollar professional networking scene. As networking offline and online converge, Black founders are developing digital tools to help users access deeper social connections that spill over from online environments into the real world.
Today, Black mayors are tasked with two important roles: develop a vision for their cities which may include the adoption of “smart city” initiatives and large-scale tech-sector job growth; and attempt to help Black communities bounce back from decades-long discriminatory policies and disinvestment to ensure their participation in the global economy.
In the crevices of the digital world, the Black in AI community has emerged as a response to the shortage of Black people being represented within the space of AI. In addition to its existence within private digital rooms, the community boasts one of few AI conferences where Black talent is centered at the forefront of research and innovation.