Welcome to Monday.
While most of you are enjoying barbecues and time with your friends and family, I have elected to use this holiday weekend to take advantage of my downtime before the onslaught of travel commences.
This means finally reading the ever-growing collection of articles in My Pocket, crafting new pitches on dedicated entrepreneurs I’ve met over the course of my travels, and a short trip to the farmers market.
Enjoy.
Sherrell

 

Have a Great Idea for a Tech Hardware Product? This Accelerator Program Want to Give You $75,000
A Los Angles-based accelerator wants to help founders and entrepreneurs of color realize their tech hardware dream company.

 

SAMARA LYNN | BLACK ENTERPRISE
Bringing Energy Upgrades To the Nation’s Inner Cities
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Donnel Baird, founder of BlocPower — a former consultant to the Obama administration on energy-efficiency programs — describes how BlocPower’s projects not only create jobs and reduce carbon emissions, but also raise awareness of global warming in inner-city communities.

 

DIANE TOOMEY | YALE ENVIRONMENT 360

 

[PODCAST] Behind the Brilliance 085: Willie Jackson
Willie Jackson is a media executive, technologist, and entrepreneur. In this podcast, Willie discusses leaving Accenture, and his journey to publishing Abernathy Magazine and serving as the tech lead of Seth Godin’s altMBA program.

 

LISA NICOLE BELL

 

African Start-Ups are Securing More Investment—But There’s Still Room for Growth
Investment or not, African tech ventures are showing a growing potential to solve the continent’s unemployment problems as jobs created through the ventures monitored has grown twenty-fold since 2009.

 

YOMI KAZEEM | QUARTZ

 

[PODCAST] LeBron James’s Manager, Maverick Carter: Athletes Become Kings When They Control Their Own Message
Today, Carter said he sees traditional media as “complementary” to his and James’s work, and a good source of broad distribution, but he wants more and more athletes to be telling their own stories.

 

ERIC JOHNSON | RECODE

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