Welcome to Tuesday.
I came across a fascinating narrative last night on NPR titled, “Why My Coal Mining Grandfather’s Deathbed Advice Applies To Minority Americans.” The author offers up sage advice through her grandfather’s grueling work as a coal miner in the World War II era. On his deathbed, he told his eldest children to “master newer ways of working.” His words of wisdom were passed down to her as she became a journalist watching the news industry evolve from typewriters to digital production.
She adapted, just as her grandfather urged.
The author gives the same advice for minority business owners and technologists faced with hurdles like accessing capital and barriers to entry. She says having a firm grasp on tech-driven industries will be key as the U.S. population is slated to experience a “majority-minority” population change. Tech is crucial for American economic development. Minorities are vital for future growth.
Moral of the story, master every opportunity. Your work intellect is necessary.
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Microsoft, Intel and 11 West Partners all matched a $10,000 donation from RainbowPush. Comcast donated an additional $2,500.
JAN MABRY | CBS SAN FRANCISCO
Blackeyed Peas singer Will.i.am has dabbled in tech over the last few years and Atom is one of a number of startup, app-only banks that have sprung up in the UK recently.
OSCAR WILLIAMS-GUT | BUSINESS INSIDER
Ms. Williams is concerned that agencies catering to multicultural audiences employ mass marketing strategies that look to target such consumers simply by casting minorities in ads, or making assumptions based on social media data.
SAPNA MAHESHWARI | NEW YORK TIMES
The four finalists’ proposals offer inventive solutions rooted in technology, which, if fully realized, will have a positive effect on people of color, women, low-income urban and rural communities, and/or other vulnerable populations.
Organizers are promoting the event where students, alumni, tech companies such as Mozilla and LinkedIn, and local musicians will converge as “#TechMeetsTurnUp” on social media.
JEWEL WICKER | AJC
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