Welcome to Monday.

I’m headed down to the UN General Assembly this morning to cover ground on the temporary protective status rally for immigrants from war-torn countries working and living in the states.

As many as 400,000 people are at risk of having these protections expire should the Trump administration decide not to grant renewal.

The ongoing immigration issue is one that will directly affect the future of the workforce and how our current tech behemoths will respond to changes in policy and work to protect employees and their families.

On mission.
— Sherrell 

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David S. Rotenstein | Next City
Zoning, business licensing, public schools, policing and code enforcement all contribute to phase zero, in which conditions become ripe for developers and investors to enter spaces where disinvestment and oftentimes decay have long ruled.





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Matt Burnes | Tech Crunch
TechCrunch’s Battlefield Africa competition is set for Nairobi, Kenya on October 11. The company that wins the overall competition will secure $25,000 USD in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in the TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.






How One Software Engineer is Using an App to Fight Hunger in Nigeria
Nicole Gallucci | Mashable
Chowberry uses cloud-based software to provide retail merchants with data on any soon-to-expire food in stock. This allows food nearing the end of its shelf life to be discounted, acquired, and distributed by charities, orphanages, and non-profit organizations rather than simply tossed out.






What It Was Like to Be the Only Black Woman in My 500 Startups Batch
Kristina Jones | Women 2.0
Kristina Jones, Co-Founder of Court Buddy, discusses details her experience throughout the renowned accelerator’s program.






Tackle Negative Thinking Head-On To Boost Diversity In Biomedicine
Esther Landhuis | NPR
Researchers identify “stereotype threat” which can drive up a person’s heart rate, raise stress hormones, and sap working memory, leaving less brainpower for the task at hand. Studies have shown that such worry can make women and minorities choke on math exams. These experiences breed feelings of inadequacy and isolation that lead some to drop a course or even leave science.







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