Welcome to Wednesday.


I had the pleasure of meeting with students at my alma mater, Winthrop University, on Tuesday. Dr. Nathaniel Frederick invited me to lecture during his introduction to Mass Communication class. Exactly 10 years ago, I sat in the very same classroom, eager to learn about the nuts and bolts of media, as I pondered my fit in this world.

I loved seeing the diversity of Dr. Frederick’s class structure, equally balanced with students from various cultures. They introduced themselves and shared their future ambitions post-Winthrop. Out of the 30 students, only two were uncertain about their destined career paths, however, I assured them not knowing is the least of their worries.

When I was an undergrad, my only ambition was to become a news reporter. Never did I image the rapid growth of mass media and how tech would have such a huge influence on the way we consume information. I mentioned ThePLUG and the great work produced by everyday thought leaders featured in the newsletter. Seeing their eyes widen at just the thought of leading future innovation was priceless.

They’re on the verge of becoming our next tech champions.




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Jay Z is Launching a Venture-Capital Firm

The rapper and music mogul has been investing in tech startups since at least 2012. He’s now launching a VC fund along with Roc Nation President Jay Brown.





Understanding the Market for Black and Latino Tech Consumers

Black and Latino technology is more than marketing and requires more than slapping brown faces on an advertising campaign




Skurt Raises $10M in Series A Funding to Grow Rental Car Delivery Service

Skurt, which plans to expand to “other major cities” across the U.S. during the next 12 months, has an interesting take on the rental car industry, on both the demand and supply side.


Meet the Engineer Who Revolutionized How the U.S. Navy Designs Ships

Raye Montague broke barriers when she became the first female program manager of ships in the history of Navy, “which was the equivalent of being a CEO of a company,” she said.




What Would Tech in Illinois Look Like Without Immigrants?

A new report from New American Economy, a bipartisan group of more than 500 mayors and business leaders who support immigration reform with a focus on the economy, set out to quantify the impact of immigrants across the US.



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