Welcome to Wednesday.
NBC BLK released a video showcasing eight Black tech founders and their elevator pitch at SXSW. The four men and four women each have different objectives, yet one particular word resurfaced four times—help. These days, it seems as though a new startup is founded every few minutes.
How many exist only to ride the wave of a current trend?
The most impactful companies are derived from an idea of helping others and improving an overall quality of life. How are you helping?
Do you know a student interested in tech? Applications for the #YesWeCodeFund scholarship initiative are open. The program offers assistance by removing financial barriers creating access to tech education. This fund is aimed at awarding $100 million in code school diversity scholarships. Encourage them to apply.
Their mission? “To inspire and support black women to build the next billion-dollar tech company.”
PAOLO GAUDIANO AND ELLEN HUNT | FORBES
Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both D-Va., announced the three-year grant last week, noting that it looks to bring African American students into the science community.
AMIR VERA | THE VIRGINIA PILOT
The monthly subscription service challenges its users to do more with their outrage than displaying it, and in exchange for $50–$100 a month (depending on the program) receive not a lesson about racial bias and a task to tackle it.
LINDSAY PEOPLES | NY MAG
“When I started, I said we’re a tech company. That’s bullshit,” Walker said Monday night at Recode’s Code Commerce conference in Las Vegas.
KURT WAGNER | RECODE
Niketa Kumar is a San Francisco-based therapist who works almost exclusively with those who identify with an underrepresented status and are in tech startups or larger companies.
CHRISTINA FARR | FAST COMPANY
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