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Arlan Hamilton has paved the way for hundreds of underrepresented founders for just over half a decade. Her firm, Backstage Capital, one of the first Venture Capital companies to invest solely in start-ups led by minorities, now celebrates its 6th year. With 180 deals already – the firm has invested in a range of startups since its launch on September 15, 2015 – from online beauty retailers to satellite internet companies. Outside of Backstage Capital, Arlan has committed personal capital to more than 20 emerging fund managers. And since the

In response to evolving discourse around social justice and identity and research on the links between psychological safety and productivity, more and more employers are turning to inclusion training as a tool to equip employees to excel in their roles. With global teams spread out across various cultures — with different histories and social contexts — the task of training all team mates on bias, privilege and inclusion in a meaningful way to increase confidence navigating conversations can seem like an impossible task. In 2020 when I joined Brandwatch, with their offices in

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss why Facebook is looking to target churches and commercialize religious services on the app  —is this another step too far for the social platform? They also break down: Freedom day, mask mandates and vaccines passports Chinese tech stocks crash due to China imposing tighter regulations on publicly traded companies  Simone Biles putting health before glory and why Gen Z prioritize their mental health  Sponsors FreeWill is hiring a Engineering Manager. Check out the role here Podia is hiring a Support Agent. Check

In 2020, despite a global pandemic, a total of 89 companies gained unicorn status globally. According to CB Insights and as of January 2021, there are 537 unicorns worldwide with a total value of $1.6 billion. 2020 was a record year for investment into the African startup ecosystem. The African Tech Startups Funding Report 2020 highlights that 397 African startups have raised a fund equivalent to $701.5 million USD. Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa stand out as the main destinations of capital, with 89.2% of the total amount of funds

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss fashion designer Virgil Abloh selling a majority stake in Off-White to LVMH but what is the cost of losing its Black-owned status? (21:58) They also break down: Twitter’s new dislike button (1:03) Bezos vs Branson’s space flight (5:30) Clubhouse is open to the public but is it too late? (9:32) Why Black employees prefer to work remotely and the Netflix employees that were caught slipping on Slack (12:20) Sponsors Get your ticket for Inbound 2021! Speakers include Oprah Winfrey, Tristan Walker, and

More new Black-owned companies were formed in 2020 than at any time in the last 25 years. However, we do know the significant challenges Black and Brown founders face trying to gain much-needed venture capital and investment for their businesses. Despite a bleak outlook, some minority entrepreneurs have found ways to attract investment during a chaotic pandemic year. In fact, Black founders are raising record amounts of venture capital funds in 2021. How are founders finding investment? Lockdowns theoretically made investors easier to reach. Many founders are now more accessible virtually through Zoom and

Asana is hiring! Check out their roles on pocitjobs.com “Empathy is my superpower,” Rasha Harvey says. As a queer, Black American, Rasha calls being different his secret sauce. “And Asana is all about connecting teams across the globe.”  Rasha works as an Enterprise Customer Success Manager at Asana, a work collaboration management platform. He has colleagues across the globe, including in Munich, Tokyo, London, and San Francisco, and has travelled extensively across the world. But in his childhood, his reality was very different from that of today. Working Class With

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss the Black footballers who faced online racial abuse from fans and how do we stop this from happening on social media? (1:10) They also break down: Trump tries to return to social media and the politics of ‘cancel culture’ (8:16) Richard Branson joins the space race and why all the investment into space? (15:05) Netflix dominates the Emmy’s (24:00) Amazon marketplace and conscious consumerism (28:05) What’s the cause of Uber’s price surge? (32:42) Sponsors Get your ticket for Inbound 2021! Speakers include

Earlier this month, social media was buzzing as Black TikTokers purported to go on strike from the popular social platform. The hashtag #Blacktiktokersonstrike and the slogan ‘They can’t do it without us’ were used to support the Black creators who refused to choreograph new dances on the app. This was in protest against the appropriation of their content by white users. With the controversies that plague social media platforms: the appropriation of Black culture, the disrespect and hate, the erasure, and the lack of financial compensation, has it come time

We rounded up a list of talented, passionate, and hardworking tech entrepreneurs who are inspiring business innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Here is a short intro on four AfroLatinX who are making waves in the industry and are ones sure to watch! The Founder Providing Capital to Underrepresented Entrepreneurs A first-generation Afro-LatinX immigrant is undoubtedly making a name for himself in the startup world, using his talents to create a space for more people like him in tech. Luis Martinez is the founder of We Tha Plug, an incubator designed to help

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