Month: April 2017

What’s Next for Tech Diversity in Austin, Texas?

When I first tell people I live in Silicon Hills, most people look at me with a very confused expression. They’re typically familiar with Silicon Valley and the many large tech companies that serve us ads via Instagram, but they’re...

/ April 28, 2017

Announcing the Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program

By Jared Karol Being a change catalyst requires an awareness of the need for change, and an intentionality in how to go about creating that change. At Change Catalyst, one of the ways we’re being intentional in creating change is...

/ April 27, 2017

Access Latina: Lucienne Gigante on Creating Opportunities for Women in STEM Industries

By Jared Karol “A little change in approach can impact a lot,” says Lucienne Gigante, Co-Founder of Access Latina, an accelerator program for Latina women in Puerto Rico and the United States that is pioneering entrepreneurial growth for women in...

/ April 26, 2017

The Hidden Entrepreneurs Across America: Founder Stories By Change Catalyst

When the tech industry talks about tech startups and entrepreneurs, too often the narrative revolves around Bay Area companies such as Instagram, Uber and Twitter. As technology continues to democratize opportunities and innovation, however, many successful tech entrepreneurs are now...

/ April 26, 2017

Detroit Diversity & Inclusion Leader Spotlight: Hajj Flemings, Founder of Rebrand Detroit

By Jared Karol In today’s Diversity & Inclusion Spotlight, we hear from Hajj Flemings. Hajj is a Human Brand Designer and his work aims to humanize people, brands, and cities. He is the founder of Rebrand Cities; his latest project,...

/ April 25, 2017

The Myth of ‘The Visionary Founder’

During an entrepreneurship talk in Prof Darragh’s class while at The Booth School of Business, I listened to Andrew Mason talk about ‘The Point’. This was 2009 and Andrew talked about signing people up to collectively fight for or contribute...

/ April 24, 2017

Startup Buffettology Lesson #4: Less Is More

** Really successful people say no to almost everything. ** Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they’re doing. ** If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for ten years,...

/ April 24, 2017

Ruha Devanesan on Using Agile Methodology to Create More Inclusive Teams

By Jared Karol In her role as Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Symantec, Ruha Devanesan is constantly thinking of innovative ways to create a more inclusive workplace environment. One strategy she is exploring is to apply the Agile...

/ April 22, 2017

Bonus: SXSW (part 2)

published on 2017-04-21T17:19:02Z In this bonus episode you’ll hear some extended interviews from our time at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX, with Backstage Headliners, our portfolio founders, and 3 ambitious, young HBCU entrepreneurs. ICYMI – Part 1: https://soundcloud.com/backstagecapital/3-sxsw Headliner appearances:...

/ April 21, 2017

BLNDED Founders Series | Christa Freeland

Meet Christa Freeland, Cofounder/Managing Director of Switch Cowork, a network of unique workspaces with everything you need to get work done. Switch has two locations in Austin, TX at Trackside in East Austin and a recently opened location at Rebel Pizza in North...

/ April 21, 2017