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It’s no secret that artificial intelligence, algorithms, and big data have a problem with gender and racial bias. These systems can be biased based on who builds them, how they’re developed, and how they’re ultimately used. Trying to solve the problem is a community of Black data scientists, researchers, and organizations. This article highlights the Black women amongst their ranks, who are exposing algorithmic biases, empowering communities of color with data, and arguing for more diverse representation. Fighting racial and gender bias in algorithms Joy Buolamwini is a Ghanaian-American computer scientist

Techish · Kevin Hart’s Clubhouse Drama, Salesforce Buys Slack, Dave Chapelle, Black Employees Expose Coinbase? Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss the NYT article exposing the fallout from the CEO of Coinbase who told employees to ‘leave concerns for issues like racial justice at the door.’ (0:17) They also break down: Do Tech companies need to engage with mainstream media? (4:04) Kevin Hart jumps into Clubhouse room over claims he isn’t funny anymore (7:44) Salesforce set to acquire Slack (17:57) The early days of startups and cultural biases

With Black founders receiving less than 1% of venture capital funding, many are forced to make-do without outside investment. However, for an ever-growing few, the intentional path without venture capital is looking increasingly attractive.  Letting go of Silicon Valley-style advice and finding your own path Courtland is the founder and driving force behind Indie hackers a community of bootstrapped entrepreneurs and makers. Courtland learned hard lessons from entrepreneurship Silicon Valley-style. The primary being: ‘go big and raise a lot of money’. During a stint at Y Combinator, he went to work on

Techish · VP Kamala Harris, FDT, Beyoncé x Peloton, Apple, Being Black @ Work, YC for music? Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss Biden’s historic presidential win and the first woman of color elected US Vice President. They also break down: Biden’s presidential victory What VP Kamala Harris win means for women of color Beyoncé x Peloton partnership Do music artists need a seed accelerator? Apple event announces – Pzifer’s Covid-19 vaccine Star Wars John Boyega comments and if we ever bring our full selves to work? This

With some of the fastest-growing global economies, the African startup scene continues to flourish. By using technology to solve problems, disrupt the status quo, and create jobs, African entrepreneurs are leading the tech revolution. Meet seven game-changing female entrepreneurs from fintech, health, education, and home care, and see how they are redefining the business landscape and improving lives. Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder and COO of PiggyVest wants to be the company “allowing young people to take full advantage of the financial ecosystem without having to break the bank for it.” Odunayo

According to a 2018 study by Equity Ventures, just 3% of Venture Capitalists are Black. This presents a problem because venture capitalists tend to fund people that look like them. The current demographics of most venture-backed startups should therefore be of no surprise. Exacerbating the problem, minority founders consistently lack access to capital. The average Black entrepreneur starts a business with around $35,205 in the capital [white entrepreneur receives $106,720 in comparison] Driving change To grow a more equitable and diverse ecosystem, Black/minority-led venture capitalist firms have launched to exclusively target traditionally underfunded entrepreneurs. We’re

What You Will Learn in This Post I will share hard numbers, actual decisions, and strategic reasoning with you so you can learn from what my cofounders and I did and see that it is OK to take risks where you don’t know for sure if something is going to work out. I will not discuss the unique operating decisions or industry dynamics because they are not important to embrace the spirit of our experience so that you may be encouraged to go boldly to build your vision. You will

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss the brilliance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) using Twitch to encourage young people to vote in the upcoming U.S. Election. (21:45) They also break down: Expensify CEO email (1:32) 20 Cent and capitalism (3:18) RIP Quibi (9:29) Snap’s comeback (14:53) Ryan Hoover steps down from Product Hunt (18:40) Google vs DOJ (23:58) This episode is sponsored by Notion Get your Notion account here. Notion is hiring! Check out their open positions  Extras: Techish on Patreon:Advertise with Techish:Please rate and review the Techish podcast Subscribe To The

As a Black man in venture capital, the last few months have been eye-opening. The national conversations about social justice led to an increased awareness of the challenges faced by underrepresented founders and funders in our industry. People and organizations have since stepped up to create pathways to invest in more founders from underrepresented backgrounds. And I couldn’t be happier to see this happen. But I’ve noticed something else taking place on the sidelines. Many onlookers view investing with a representation lens as a constraint, rather than a thoughtful investment

Black journalism has shaped the way we look at the technology industry. Get to know the writers and storytellers amplifying Black stories and speaking up across matters as varied as race, artificial intelligence, venture capital, diversity, and other issues affecting communities of color. Sidney Fussell, Senior Staff Writer for WIRED Sidney is a Senior Staff writer based in San Francisco covering technology for WIRED, writing compelling features about surveillance, health, spending data, and Silicon Valley’s social and political impact. Sidney was previously a technology writer with The Atlantic but has also

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