Fridays grant us new perspectives.    

I’m en route to SneakerCon this morning, a forum addressing offline networks and covert systems (“sneakernets”) for exchanging digital information that bypasses the internet. The significance of this discussion in the fight for internet privacy and the growing public awareness of digital encryption of our devices is timely.

On a global level, according to Columbia University professor Mark Hansen, sneakernets can reveal the complexity and variety of information ecosystems in different cultures, subcultures, movements, and communities.

These seemingly underground systems run the gamut. They’re what powers gamers in Cuba and can eventually provide agency for alt-right movements. In short, they must be examined, studied and reported in the wake of ongoing net neutrality battles here in the US and abroad.

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We’ll be back Monday with the juice.

— Sherrell

How a Former College Basketball Star Launched a $7M Athletic Brand
Tom Foster | Inc
Mainstream sporting-goods stores said they couldn’t carry us, because it was faith-based. Big Christian retailers wouldn’t–they said it was too expensive. That became a blessing: We’ve focused on e-commerce and social media, where the world is going.

 

 

 

 

Mark Zuckerberg’s Philanthropic Fund Just Hired its First CFO from PayPal
Alex Heath | Business Insider
The role has been filled by Peggy Abkemeier Alford, a PayPal veteran who was most recently the company’s senior VP of human resources.

 

 

 

 

If You Want to See How Delivery Drones Should Work You Should Look at Africa
Mike Murphy | Quartz
Zipline, a Californian drone-delivery startup that has been delivering blood to Rwandan clinics since October, announced today that it’s expanding its operations into neighboring Tanzania.

 

 

 

 

10 Black Innovators Making Waves in Kansas City
Felecia Hatcher | Huffington Post
With a black population of 29% there is a long road ahead to make the startup community in KC more inclusive.The E-Ship Summit allowed us to explore the Kansas City Startup Ecosystem as it relates to inclusion and support of black entrepreneurs and the overall community.

 

 

 

 

Wells Fargo Announces Beverly Anderson as Head of Cards & Retail Services
Business Wire
Under Bev’s leadership, the CFS team has outpaced industry growth in point-of-sale volume and balances, expanded its credit card offerings and use of digital channels, and created an award-winning rewards program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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