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Meet The 14th (Ever) African-American Female Founder To Raise $1M

Photo: Courtney Rodwell

Lisa Wang | Forbes
Enter Kristina Jones, cofounder of Court Buddy, and now the 14th ever African American female founder to raise $1 million or more for her startup. Project Diane calls women like Jones “The Real Unicorns of Tech,” because they are such a rare find.
Uber Ex-CEO Travis Kalanick Names Directors in Power Play

Photo: Wall Street Journal

Greg Bensinger | WSJ
Uber said in a statement that the appointments of Ms. Burns and Mr. Thain to the board “came as a complete surprise,” adding: “That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure that we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of.”
New York City Doubles Its Contracts With Minority-Owned Firms

Photo: Madina Toure / Observer

Jordyn Holman, Jeff Green | Bloomberg
Up from $400 million in 2015, the increase means the so-called MWBE (minority- and women-owned business enterprises) firms now account for 11 percent of city procurement, said Deputy Mayor Richard Buery.
GoDaddy Releases Annual Diversity and Salary Data


The salary data shows that minorities, in technical ranks, make four centsmore on the dollar than their non-minority counterparts. Companywide, minorities make three cents more on the dollar than non-minorities.
Why This Tech Billionaire Isn’t Shy About His Biblical Principles

Photo: Dilip Vishwanat

Justin Villamil | Bloomberg
Sticking to his guns, and his faith, seems to have served Steward well. Over 27 years, his company, World Wide Technology Inc., has grown from an office of seven employees to a multinational with revenue of $9.4 billion in 2016.