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Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss Rihanna joining the billy club, as Forbes reports she is worth $1.7B and what it means to be a billionaire nowadays (0:15) They also break down: Square acquires Afterpay for $30B and the risks of buy now pay later companies (7:53) Instagram makes changes for under 16’s but is it too little too late? (15:20) Fleets is no more, the unofficial ‘mega block’ and not being afraid to kill projects (23:23) Why smaller active wear brands are beating big brands like Nike

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

From Memes, gifs, dances that go viral, and tweets—Black innovation and creativity have a significant impact on pop culture and mainstream trends. It’s Black creativity that sets cultural trends yet our innovation is constantly exploited. Earlier this month, Black Tiktokers went on strike refusing to make new dance content as their dances were ripped off and copied without recognition or compensation for their creativity.  Can NFTs be the tech that enables the Black community to receive appropriate financial compensation for the work they create? This article will showcase how some Black

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss an interesting development in the NFT space. Jay Z is suing Damon Dash over his attempted sale of ‘Reasonable Doubt’ as an NFT. Are we looking at NFT wars being a thing in the future? (19:35) They also break down: T-Pain talks about mental health, autotune, and Usher comments (0:11) Lina Khan, the new chair of FTC, reviews Amazon proposed deal to buy MGM (5:18) The new wave of consumer investing and meme stocks (12:40) Airbnb’s ‘Smart Pricing’ algorithm fail and a convo

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss thoughts on the Nigerian government banning Twitter, what that means for its citizens, and the trend of authoritarian governments banning social media platforms. (11:22) They also break down: Diddy to launch another digital marketplace for Black-owned businesses (0:39) Bezos going to space on first human spaceflight (2:47) How to get the rich to pay their taxes (4:50) Naomi Osaka takes a stand on her mental health (7:42) Extras: Techish on PatreonAdvertise with TechishPlease rate and review the Techish podcast Subscribe To The Techish Podcast On Apple

Two New York-based rap legends show up and show out in the venture capitalism space, making millions outside of music. Both hailing from New York from humble beginnings, the two legends weren’t particularly close while reaching mainstream success in the ’90s. It started with Dead Presidents II and ended in a tour. Their rap beef ignited the hip-hop community in New York City, around the world, and spawned several diss tracks that got pretty intense. They finally declared an end to this feud on stage with the ‘I Declare War”

Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss Black engineer, Katrina Parrot suing Apple for her creation of diverse emojis that they turned down. Can creators protect their ideas from being stolen or imitated? (0:25) They also break down: Is Clubhouse doomed to fail or be a great success? (7:07) Kanye vs Jay Z co-founder debate: who would you pick? (15:55) Gumroad crowdfunds equity and turns customers into investors (25:12) This Episode Is Sponsored By Notion Get your Notion account here. Notion is hiring! Check out their open positions  Extras: Techish on Patreon:Advertise

The Cannabis industry is booming but rife with inequities and discrimination. American marijuana businesses are projected to have between $106 billion and $130 billion by 2024 on the US economy. Often referred to as the ‘Green Rush’, hundreds of lucrative weed businesses have popped up all over the US where weed is now legal. The problem? These businesses are predominately white-owned. A 10+ billion dollar industry, and we own less than 1% of it. The big cannabis players, most of them white-owned and backed by lucrative venture capital, don’t face

The number of Black-owned businesses has risen dramatically. Research shows, since 2007, the number of firms owned by African-American women has grown by 164%. Yet despite the knowledge, innovation, and let’s face it – the hustle, minority entrepreneurs, are being shut out when it comes to access to capital. However, many Black and Brown celebrities are growing their investment portfolios and flexing their VC muscle. Not only are they investing in startups and hooking up founders with serious capital, but they are also using their platform and wealth to empower

We are so used to the narrative of the starving artist, or the former star crashing and burning, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at those hip-hop artists using tech to buck the trend. The ones who have been wise enough to capitalize on tech’s slow coup-ted of every industry. The ones who have been investing in startups, raising capital and founding their very own. This is far from the canonical list, and I’ve missed out on many others [honorable mention to Chamillionaire, and of course Dr.