Welcome to Tuesday.
I’m almost fully recovered from my week away on the Virginia Velocity Tour learning and working with a dynamic group of local investors, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem “quarterbacks” willfully building startup-friendly environments in their communities.
Most of my time was spent gleaning the secrets to market success from Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital which produces a plethora of entrepreneurial programming and runs an impact investing fund. Based on the outcomes of incubators and accelerators in smaller markets, Baird argues that contacts and mentorship can be much more helpful to entrepreneurs looking to scale or find adequate partnerships to grow their businesses.
So how, outside of environments like San Francisco, New York, or DC, can founders get connected?
I submit that for founders of color (among the least funded group when it comes to angel and venture capital) should look to conferences, membership groups, and introductions to local economic development associations to build out a rolodex of those in charge of moving money.
What’s worked for you?
FACT SHEET: Announcing Over $80 Million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative
More than twenty cities, along with the newly formed Council of Global City Chief Information Officers, are launching a new initiative focused on ensuring responsible and equitable deployment of smart city technologies.
OFFICE OF PRESS SECRETARY | WHITE HOUSE
[PODCAST] ‘You Can’t Code Your Way Out of Racism’
In episode 2 of “Still Processing”, Morris and Wortham break down race, the sharing economy, and why Airbnb’s new anti-discrimination policy doesn’t do enough.
WESLEY MORRIS and JENNA WORTHAM | NY TIMES
Black-Owned Firm Develops Official APP for National Museum of African American History and Culture
Clearly Innovative (CI) , one of the Washington area’s leading digital and business solutions companies, built and launched the official mobile App for the Smithsonian’s’ new National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) that opened Saturday, September 24, 2016.
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Hidden Figures: The Story of the Black Women at NASA Who Helped the US Win the Space Race
Their ranks included mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, aerospace engineer Mary Jackson, and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan.
OLIVIA GOLDHILL | QUARTZ
Silicon (Valley) Is the Hot New Commodity in Africa
Almost half of foreign direct investment projects in Africa last year were in technology, telecommunications, financial services and consumer products.
PAUL WALLACE | BLOOMBERG