Wednesday reminds us of the path forward.


My plane leaves in roughly three hours.

Last week, I had a chance to chat with a few of the panelists making their way to Chicago for tomorrow’s launch of State of the Black Tech Ecosystem a program developed by my good friends at Black Tech Mecca.

I’m most excited to have new conversations on data, capital, and diversity. Not the ones that float around the web, unchecked, and under-researched. But the kind of discussions that identify gaps and give us a clear sense of where we’re able to build bridges in a way that is much more useful than it is disparaging.

I’ll be sharing  updates of the discussions right here in ThePLUG each day. Encourage your friends to join the ride when you tap that button below to forward this email.

Oh, you can also keep watch on social media via the hashtag #SBTE2017.

We go relentlessly.


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