Welcome to Monday.

WalletHub released “2017’s Most and Least Innovative States” list with the District of Columbia ranking #1 and West Virginia at #51. Analysts measured which areas promote innovation using data from STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita all the way down to average internet speed. According to the list, Virginia has the highest share of tech companies with New Mexico leading in research and development intensity.

A digital revolution is happening well beyond Silicon Valley. How innovative is the world around you?

 

Tyler

 

 

 

 

Resume-free Hiring Startup Wins $100,000 Coulter IdeaPitch

Crystal McDonald’s win is particularly notable for New Orleans. Female startup founders are still an anomaly. Meeting an African-American woman at the helm of a high-growth tech startup is even more rare.

 
JENNIFER LARINO | NOLA

 

 

When Policing And Race Cross Paths In Silicon Valley

“Even within the privileged class of people who exist at these great institutions, that have these great jobs … I think you’d be unsurprised at the number of people of color who had very negative experiences with police,” said Devin Guillory, an African-American software engineer at Etsy in San Francisco.

 
VIGNESH RAMACHANDRAN | NPR

 

 

Star Cunningham is on the Verge of Raising $1M for Her Healthcare Tech Startup

Star uses the power of nudging people in the right direction.

 
COLIN KEELEY | TECH.CO

 

 

Homegrown Tech is Helping Millions at Rist of Famine in Africa

Mohammed Omer and four of his friends gathered to talk about the biting drought ravaging their home country, Somalia. Beyond donating funds, the tech developers and social activists came together to discuss ideas to assist those in need of immediate relief.

 

ABDI LATIF DAHIR , YOMI KAZEEM | QUARTZ

 

 

How Everette Taylor Went From Homeless College Dropout to Chief Marketing Officer at Skurt

There are roughly 58,000 homeless students on college campuses in the United States, but their story doesn’t end there.

 
RUBEN HARRIS | TECH CRUNCH

 

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