Welcome to Friday.
Last night the future happened. I drove to Richmond, Virginia from Charlotte to moderate a panel on behalf of venture capital development company, Village Capital. There, I sat down with Steve Case, founder of AOL, and Governor Terry McAuliffe to hear their opines on what the new economy will look like and who will be in charge of leading it.
In short, the future will mean more funding to underserved cities and communities outside of Silicon Valley; innovations in healthcare, cybersecurity and fintech; and diverse founders (especially women and people of color) getting the funding they deserve by solving hard problems.
Google Her: Meet the Search Giant’s Director of Diversity
A one-on-one with Google’s Yolanda Mangolini to find out what the tech juggernaut is doing to add more melanin to its ranks.
LYNNE D JOHNSON | EBONY
[VIDEO] Paul Judge of Luma Discusses The Future of Home Wifi
He says laws of physics say that single routers don’t handle the volume of home data anymore.
Demo Africa Comes To Joburg
Tech start-ups from around the continent will be able to pitch their ideas to African and global investors at the four-day event. Last year Demo Africa participants raised $8-million in funding.
TOBY SHAPSHAK | FORBES
A Third of GitHub Employees Are Female—But Just 2% Are Black or Hispanic
Yet another Silicon Valley company has chosen to release its diversity numbers to the public.
MICHEAL LEV-RAM | FORTUNE
Portland’s Black Residents Putting Faith in ‘Soul District’ to Counter Gentrification
The city of Portland has pledged to spend $32m on affordable housing in what is called the Interstate Corridor, which encompasses MLK Jr Blvd. Businesses are moving into the traditionally African American area and, as has too often been the case in the US, black residents are moving out.
MELANIE SEVCENKO | THE GUARDIAN