Welcome to Monday.

Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo is expected to wrap on tomorrow which means layoffs for 2,100 employees. This number represents 15 percent of the workforce at Yahoo and AOL. Neither company has issued an official statement on the layoffs.

Power through your lunch hour tomorrow with ThePLUG’s auto tech webinar with  Jaguar Land Rover’s Maxime Paul. It’s our first #TechTuesday event and registration is FREE.  Learn all about access to the latest incubator and ways to work with Maxime’s team even if you’re not in the program. Register here and invite your closest folks.

Have an insanely productive start to your week and encourage your friends to sign up for ThePLUG by clicking the forward button below.

Tyler

P.S.
In case you missed it, check out Sherrell’s appearance on Good Day Charlotte discussing her mission of diversifying tech in Charlotte and the true driving force behind ThePLUG. Click here to see her interview.

 

10 Black Angel Investors Helping To Reverse Inequality In Tech
The lack of capital being routed to black business owners is pushing a growing number of privately wealthy people to fund inequality via their own pocketbooks.
DANA SANCHEZ | MOGULDOM

 

Start Garden Partners with Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses
Traditionally, the focus, particularly of investment organizations like Start Garden, has been on high-tech/high-growth/high-reward startups.
TOM HENDERSON | CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS

 

Ensuring That Everyone Can Thrive in an Innovative Tech Industry
“Through our programs, we’ve created a roadmap that ensures exposure and access to STEM and coding education so that every student can pursue a career in tech,” said Andrew McGee, Executive Director of Greater Foundation in Seattle.

JARED KAROL | TECH INCLUSION​

 

Africa’s Consumer Data opportunity is Being Tackled by Startups
 They’re targeting an African consumer market estimated to top $1.2 trillion by 2020.
YINKA ADEGOKE | QUARTZ AFRICA

 

Holberton, a Two-Year Tech School, Emphasizes Diversity 
With just 103 admitted students, some of whom have only a high school degree, Holberton is still small. But it has already helped some of its students get jobs at Apple, NASA and LinkedIn, even though they have not yet graduated.
KATIE BENNER | NYT

 

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