Month: May 2017

Diversity and Inclusion Leader Spotlight: Kevin L. Nichols

  In today’s Diversity & Inclusion Leader Spotlight, we hear from Kevin L. Nichols, Founder, President & CEO of The Social Engineering Project. TSEP addresses four key areas to make the tech industry more diverse and inclusive: develop pipelines for...

/ May 23, 2017

Tech Inclusion Seattle: Eric Osborne of HERE Seattle on Building a Local Black Tech Community

“I really want to make people think about young Black and Latino males,” Eric says. “No one is putting any real effort into them. Literally when people think of young Black and Latino males they think of programs to keep...

/ May 19, 2017

Think and Zoom Prepares for Takeoff with Tarmac TX

Tarmac is a free nine-month acceleration program focused on fostering tech solutions that address social and environmental issues in Austin’s growing social innovation ecosystem. Tarmac is backed by 3M and San Francisco-based nonprofit CALSO. Last night, Tarmac TX hosted a welcome party...

/ May 19, 2017

Founders of Color Minority Ecosystem Map

Back in November, when I had the idea to launch Founders of Color (FOC), the first thing I decided to do was try to better understand the “lay of the land” as it related to minority entrepreneurship. In other words...

/ May 17, 2017

BLNDED Founders Series | Veronica Martinez

Meet Veronica Martinez, the founder of Better Beehive Project, and an advocate for special needs, empowerment, and inclusion. So Veronica, tell us about yourself I was born in Dallas, but I call the Rio Grande Valley Home. I am the...

/ May 16, 2017

Fundamentals When Pitching Investors

Pitching can be a monumental challenge for many entrepreneurs who lack the knowledge, delivery, and presence. There’s certainly a true skill to standing in front of a room of your peers and convincing them to support your idea. If you...

/ May 15, 2017

Tech Inclusion in Detroit: Organizations and Programs That Are Driving an Inclusive Future

Today, Thursday, May 11, Change Catalyst is holding its second Tech Inclusion Forum of the year in Detroit, Michigan, after a successful tour kick-off in Austin in March. Still to come on the tour are stops in Seattle, Atlanta, New...

/ May 12, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion Leader Spotlight: Karen Fleshman, Founder of Racy Conversations

In today’s Diversity & Inclusion Leader Spotlight, we hear from Karen Fleshman, Founder of Racy Conversations. Karen facilitates conversations about race that help people of all demographics see, hear, and understand each other. Her particular focus is on helping individuals...

/ May 11, 2017

LinkedIn: Kamilah Taylor on the Importance of Paying Attention to Patterns of Exclusion

One of the biggest challenges Kamilah Taylor, Software Engineer at LinkedIn, faces around building a diverse team is getting other people to understand that there’s even an issue in the first place. “Not everybody really notices those things,” she says....

/ May 9, 2017

5 Actions That Reduce Your Chances of Raising Venture Capital

12–18 months after raising some money from friends & family or a seed round, many of the founders I talk to shift from product/market fit questions to fundraising concerns. After trying to dissuade them from going this route(and failing most...

/ May 8, 2017