In the fall of 2020, I reached an almost five-year milestone by publishing my app, The Green Book Project, to the Apple App Store. The Green Book Project is a mobile app that helps folks from marginalized communities find inclusive businesses and avoid discrimination. It allows users to utilize a platform of crowdsourced reviews to identify safe locations, as well as places to steer clear from. Getting this app published was one of the proudest moments of my life. However, creating a mobile app is a massive undertaking that involves hours
Adyen is hiring on pocitjobs.com Semra Ezedin is a positive, proactive graduate with a passion to motivate and inspire others. While she studied to become a doctor, an opportunity in Spain propelled her on a path to tech, and eventually landed her a unique role with Adyen. We spoke with Semra about her unconventional tech journey, working with NASA and why she chose freedom and flexibility over an overly structured life at Silicon Valley. This interview was edited for clarity. Tell us about yourself I’m Semra, first-born daughter of Ethiopian immigrants.
As a Latina founder of a social impact company, raising VC money hasn’t exactly been easy. Especially in Chicago, where I’m based, the VC community, while close-knit and easily accessible, is small, homogenous, and focused on later-stage investments. On the startup side, of the 65 Chicago-based startups backed by Chicago-based venture capital funds, only 16 (about 25%) have a non-white founder, and only 15 (or 23%) have a female founder to Chicago Blend. From firsthand experience, the lack of access to early-stage capital compared to the coasts has an oversized impact on underrepresented
The number of Latinx founders in the US is continuing to growing at a faster rate than any other demographic. Yet we’re all familiar with the drab stats: only 2.4% of total VC funding goes to Black and Latinx founders. We’ve put together a list of some Latinx women founders who have broken through the ceiling: launching thriving and innovative companies developing new technology in software, medical, e-commerce and beyond. Read how they’ve backed their ideas, raised funds and are changing the lives of many. Ariel Lopez, Founder Knac The
As a New Yorker, I’ve found the last few years in the San Francisco Bay Area quite interesting. Professionally, I’ve led programs focused on fueling talent pipelines with underrepresented talent and helped companies build and scale their inclusive hiring strategies. Personally, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about different cultures, try new food, and meet some amazing people. However, in some cases, my experiences have been worse than at home. I’ve been called the N-word on the street. My partner and I have been called “pansies” on the way to
Technology is increasingly integrating into our daily lives at a breakneck pace. Although we love the latest apps and enjoy the ability to freely express ourselves online, we must also contend with companies using discriminatory algorithms against the vulnerable, “super spreaders” threatening our democracy with misinformation, and broadband providers charging outrageous prices and fees (even data caps, and yes, even during a pandemic). These enormous challenges have already sparked a debate about what role technology, and therefore Big Tech, should have in our communities. We’ve also seen how the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts people of color
Techish · Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss how Rihanna (and co.) built Savage X Fenty by disrupting the beauty industry with diverse, inclusive, sex-positive campaigns, and a strategic partnership with Amazon. (00:15) They also break down: LVMH shuts down Rihanna’s Fashion House Bitcoin hits 50K! (6:15) Tim Cook vs Mark Zuckerberg (12:20) Daniel Kaluuya sparks convo about power, race, and language in the media (20:31) This Episode Is Sponsored By Aha! They are hiring! Sr. Ruby on Rails Engineer! Apply here Sr. Product Marketing Manager! Apply here
Techish is back with a brand new episode! Abadesi and Michael discuss some of the good and bad about social networking app Clubhouse, including how it has capitalized off the backs of Black creatives. They also break down: Arlan Hamilton — The visionary and founder behind VC Backstage Capital ‘Invest like a VC’ gives retail investors the chance to invest in underrepresented founders Ryan Coogler partners with Disney+ GameStop takes on Wallstreet Calendly reaches unicorn status! Extras: Techish on PatreonAdvertise with TechishPlease rate and review the Techish podcast Subscribe To The Techish Podcast On Apple Podcasts, Spotify, And Other Platforms.
Snap is hiring on pocitjobs.com Tammarrian Rogers has had an accomplished 30-year career in tech. Her journey began after graduating from HBCU Tuskegee University and Stanford. She’s worked at General Motors, Apple, and Microsoft before joining Snap as their first Black ‘Inclusion Engineering Director’. We had the pleasure of talking to Tammarrian about her career journey, the power of curiosity, her role at Snap, and what advice she has for people of color in the industry. This interview was condensed and edited for clarity. How did you develop an interest
Three months ago I joined Brandwatch as their first-ever VP of Global Community & Belonging. I initially approached this newly created role with an unsettling combination of enthusiasm and self-doubt. Would I be able to deliver on the expectations I created during the interview process? Would I be able to gel with the team and make an impact in my first few months? Would I be able to be authentically me, and challenge racism and other forms of oppression wherever I see them manifesting? These are the questions that kept me up