We’re off this Monday.

I set across the table at a roof top pizza joint on H Street in D.C. Saturday night with Stefanie Thomas of Impact America Fund and an all-around knock-out advocate for smart, high-growth businesses in communities of color. We discussed self-care, inconspicuous tattoo art, and the black businesses of the future.

Good people like her remind me that there is still more we can think up to bring progress where disparity is policy, and innovation where public opinion has shuttered imagination.

Onward.
Sherrell

 

 

Illinois Widens Playing Field for Chicago’s Black Entrepreneurs]
On August 24, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced his state was widening the playing field for minority and women entrepreneurs by opening up applications for the first program aimed at business owners from disadvantaged communities, called Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME).

 

JOHNNY MAGDALENO | NEXT CITY

 

How Star Wars Can Teach Kids About The Struggle For Civil Rights
Bill Gates has shared a lecture about how the original Star Wars trilogy can be viewed as a metaphor for the civil rights struggle, as taught by Teacher of the Year, Nate Bowling.

 

BEN PAYNTER | FASTCO EXIST

 

Obama Creating ‘Startup Visas’ to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Start Companies in The U.S
To qualify for what the White House calls “startup visas,” entrepreneurs must own at least 15 percent of a U.S. startup, and demonstrate the company’s growth potential, investments from qualified American investors, and “significant public benefit to the United States.”

 

MONICA NICKELSBURG | GEEKWIRE

 

Glenn Dellimore Bid $815,000 for Apple 1 Computer
The computer that Dellimore won is in fact one of a kind. There aren’t too many Apple-1 computers still in existence (maybe 60, and another one of those is owned by Dellimore).

 

KIFLESWING | BUSINESS INSDIER 

 

Amazon Claims Another Victim as Rackspace Goes Private
Amazon and Rackspace used to be such fierce competitors in cloud computing that Rackspace spearheaded a project called OpenStack to give itself and other IT vendors a chance to compete with Amazon.

 

JULIE BORT | BUSINESS INSIDER

 

 

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