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In the 1930s Dr Gertrude Blanch led the important Mathematical Tables Project, a nearly 450-person effort to compute logarithmic, exponential, and other calculation results essential to the American government, military, finance, and science. After earning her doctorate in mathematics at Cornell, she led new approaches to computation and published volumes of tables and calculations in scientific journals. Despite her contributions, Blanch did not appear as the author of the papers she wrote. For the majority of her time on the project, her male supervisor Arnold Lowan instead received credit. This is a lasting

Damilola Olokesusi is the Co-founder and CEO of Shuttlers, a tech transport startup. In 2015, Olokesusi and her friends — Damilola Quadry and Busola Majekodunmi — were frustrated by the stress of commuting in Lagos, Nigeria. And following some nasty experiences, they decided to start Shuttlers. “One of my sisters got into a one-chance bus (a commercial bus used for robbing passengers), and it was a traumatic experience for me. She was taken to another destination where they were abducted and robbed. Having had our different bus experiences, we realised it was a collective pain point for us.

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss ex COO and two Black women (now former employees) who allege a toxic work culture at Pinterest. Can shareholders sue to force a company to change its ways? (11:00) They also break down: Airbnb IPO price skyrockets, but is it overvalued? (0:15) Pyramid schemes (5:24) Pornhub removes all unverified content (19:30) Is Squire the first Black-Owned Unicorn? (22:04) Facebook in trouble (again) (24:33) Extras: Techish on Patreon:Advertise with Techish:Please rate and review the Techish podcast Subscribe To The Techish Podcast On Apple Podcasts, Spotify, And Other Platforms.

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss the ProjectDiane report, revealing that 93 Black women have secured more than $1 million in venture capital [triple the number from 2018] (9:20). They also break down: Dr. Timnit Gebru ‘firing’ from Google (0:15) Can newly acquired Slack compete with Microsoft? (13:10) Are we cancelling Black celebs too quickly? (17:38) Headspace vs Calm – the battle between the meditation apps (22:19) The power of Netflix (29:37) Sponsors: Gruntwork is hiring a Senior Sales Engineer! Apply here Olark is hiring a Product Manager!

The news rippled across the Internet of Google’s sudden firing of prominent AI ethics researcher Dr. Timnit Gebru. Renowned for her groundbreaking work in making AI more equitable and exposing its potential for racial and gender bias – Gebru was recently highlighted in our article: the Black women fixing AI. In a series of tweets, Timnit announced the tech giant had fired her [via email] after she expressed frustration internally about Google’s lackluster diversity initiatives. Timnit explains via Twitter that she was previously asked to retract a research paper she co-authored that highlighted potential pitfalls

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

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