Welcome to Friday.

I spent the last 24-hours in Charlotte taking Leslie Miley across the city inside of local co-working spaces, accelerators, and on a tour of the city’s smart innovation district on a 75-acre lot of warehouses where army missiles were built during World War II.

I’ll land back in NYC right before my journalism law class commences. The work is worth it all.

Last night at #BLKTECHCLT Leslie challenged the crowd to re-think how community and culture are built outside of the idea that cities need to be like Silicon Valley. A growing number of cities including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and St. Louis are interested in housing Amazon’s second headquarters, which promises a potential $38 billion economic boost for the winning hub.

“The best thing you can do is come together to look at what problems need to be solved in your own community and to build businesses and solutions for those problems.”

Let’s end and start there.
— Sherrell

The Surprising Place That Promotes Women Entrepreneurs Better Than Silicon Valley
Lexi Novitske and Dale Mathias | Entrepreneur
Halfway across the globe in tech hubs like Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya, 46 percent of African ventures have a female founder and prospects for closing the gender gap there are high. International investors looking to realize outsized returns and social impact would be well-served to look to the female entrepreneurs driving Africa’s venture growth.

 

 

 

Include U Challenge Day 7: Lend Your Privilege
Ellen McGirt | Fortune
Anjuan Simmons has been in tech for years — first at Accenture and Deloitte, and now in the startup world — but he considers his true calling to be evangelizing on behalf of inclusion.

 

An Interview With The Obama White House Digital Team
Gretchen Fox | Forbes
In their voices, you can hear the gravity of the decisions and weight they put into each and every communication on behalf of the leaders of our government. They explain how carefully they thought about every tweet and blog post and even the bright, cheerful design of the Facebook avatar.
Pittsburgh’s Eco-Innovation Highway into the Future
Brentin Mock | City Lab
A nonprofit called Avenu, formerly known as StartUptown, one of the Eco-Innovation District stakeholders, is looking to help turn those buildings, and the neighborhood itself, around. It’s a network of “community-based work” campuses that host several startups and nonprofits that are dedicated in some way to “inclusive innovation” and “responsible neighborhood revitalization.”

Women Entrepreneurs Dominate at This Year’s Pitch Black Event
Clare Duffy | Portland Business Journal
Lindsey Murphy made the No. 1 spot with her pitch, The Fab Lab, a company that makes videos (of which she’s the star) that show inexpensive, DIY science projects for parents and kids. Her goal, she says, is to show young girls and kids of color that people who look like Bill Nye and Albert Einstein aren’t the only ones who can work in STEM fields.

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