Welcome to Monday.

It’s difficult to turn away from the heartbreaking images from Hurricane Harvey. A number of areas across Texas are a true disaster zone this morning as flood waters continue to wash away communities that were standing strong less than seven days ago. Five deaths have been reported in the historic flooding and that total is expected to rise in the days to come.

The response by local media and brave reporters live from disaster areas is remarkable. Local TV stations were hit by flooding but many remained on-air giving viewers nonstop coverage on relief efforts and weather damage. The media has been under attack for the last year yet in the face of crisis and natural disasters, we are reminded why journalists are forever necessary.

— Tyler

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Black Girls Code Says it Turned Down $125,000 from Uber
Megan Rose Dickey | TechCrunch
“My decision is layered,” Bryant told TechCrunch. “I’ve been quite open for some time about the fact that we as an org use Uber as a tool. We’re also headquartered in the city [Oakland] where they have planned to move. So I’ve been open to the notion that they can transform themselves. Yet their past history and ‘political’ nature of maneuvering is and was troubling.”



WealthyLife CEO Angel Rich Teaches You Finance Through Gamification
Sequoia Blodgett | Black Enterprise
The Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch winner, Angel Rich, recently released her second product from the WealthyLife product line, CreditStacker, an app that teaches students how to manage and interpret credit reports.





This Designer Is Changing How Startup Offices Look And Feel
Mimi Faucett | Entrepreneur
Since launching her eponymous firm in New York in 2014, Dani Arps has designed workspaces for such brands as General Assembly, Venmo, Contently and SeatGeek, and has become an expert at convincing 20-somethings that an office can foster creativity without looking like a dorm room.





Putting Neurons In Chips — And Other African Innovations from TED Global in Arusha
Toby Shapshak | Forbes
Instead of replicating the computational power of neurons in our brain, why not include a neuron in a silicon chip and make a new form of biological processor? This is what Nigerian Oshiorenoya Agabi did with his San Francisco start-up Koniku, which is building what he calls the world’s “first neurocomputation” company.





Announcing the Morson Tech Inclusion Scholarship for African-American Women Entrepreneurs
Tech Inclusion | Medium
The scholarship is open to African American women founders and technologists. The scholarship covers the price of one ticket to The SF Tech Inclusion Conference.





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