Welcome to Thursday.
I am not one to hold my applause. Last night I sat in the audience of 17 young black entrepreneurs pitching their hearts out to add an additional $5,000 to their ventures courtesy of incubator City Startup Labs.
I’m particularly excited about Aaron Calloway’s InfiniGift, the genius online registry platform where soon-to-be-married couples can plan for their financial futures by loading their gift registries with stock option picks in lieu of a new toaster.
The fintech industry is still on the incline providing ample opportunity for disruption, particularly in introducing millennial to easy-to-use and easy-to-understand financial products that can lead to economic dividends particular in communities of color.
In fact, I’ll be headed to Virginia in a few weeks to moderate a few pitch competitions in small cities where startup founders like Calloway are proving their competencies in the space.
Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue Questlove
The first fruit of the partnership is “Questlove Supreme,” a weekly radio show that will debut on Sept. 7.
BEN SISARIO | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Big Data and Hidden Cameras are Emerging as Dangerous Weapons in the Gentrification Wars
The service, provided by London startup Score Assured, scans the LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts of prospective tenants to create a “comprehensive” personality profile and risk score. The software tracks prospective tenants’ use of keywords like “poor” or “loan,” as well as activities such as frequent check-ins at bars.
DIA KAYYALI | QUARTZ
These 10 Y Combinator Startups Offered Fixes for Society’s Problems at Demo Day 1
A group of founders who pitched at the first of two Y Combinator Summer 2016 Demo Days are tackling issues faced by populations that have been largely left behind by the recent tech boom.
CROMWELL SCHUBARTH | SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL
Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund to Expand Digital Reading Around the World
The company says its new collaboration with Worldreader will see Amazon donating thousands of Kindle e-readers to reach around 500,000 people by bringing digital reading to 61 libraries in the country.
SARAH PEREZ | TECHCRUNCH
Here Are Apple’s New Emoji for Firefighters, Astronauts, and Artists
Like other emoji, users will be able to pick the character’s gender and skin tone.
KIF LESWING | TECH INSIDER