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Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Sherrell Dorsey September 28, 2018

We took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand…

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

ThePLUG Staff September 27, 2018

For most of us, losing a photo ID is little more than a wasted…

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

ThePLUG Staff September 21, 2018

Giving birth in the United State can pose a fatal risk. This stark reality…

Lessons from Village Capital’s Inaugural VC Pathways Report on Supporting Diverse Founders

Lessons from Village Capital’s Inaugural VC Pathways Report on Supporting Diverse Founders

ThePLUG Staff September 12, 2018

Village Capital’s latest report, “Beyond the Friends and Family Round: How to Help Diverse…

The Rise of Black-Owned Co-Working Spaces

The Rise of Black-Owned Co-Working Spaces

Sherrell Dorsey August 3, 2018

On February 1, 1960, four students marched to 134 South Elm Street in Greensboro,…

These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison

These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison

ThePLUG Staff July 24, 2018

When Teresa Hodge received a seven-year sentence for mail fraud, she vowed to become…

This VR Founder Wants to Gamify Empathy to Reduce Racial Bias

ThePLUG Staff July 24, 2018

The tech industry, and companies like Starbucks, have spent millions of dollars to address implicit…

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

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

ThePLUG Staff April 20, 2018

“I got the crazy idea that maybe I can be the person to make…

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

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

ThePLUG Staff April 19, 2018

Dr. Nashlie Sephus and Ivan Walker were born and raised in Jackson, MS. Nashlie credits her 8th-grade science…

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

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

Sherrell Dorsey February 8, 2018

A small but growing group of black investors are raising big dollars in a…

Is Bitcoin the Next Black Wealth Creator?

Is Bitcoin the Next Black Wealth Creator?

ThePLUG Staff December 1, 2017

It’s 1 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and Demetrick Ferguson has already checked Coinbase…