The solution for increasing the number of blacks in Silicon Valleyâ€¦
Exposing middle and high school African-American students to more role models, successful tech entrepreneurs, investors and startup founders because they exist.
Whatâ€™s needed in the tech Meccaâ€¦
Black tech founders who have built successful startups that get sold or acquired and a black investment network that can help fund startups with founders that look like them.Â Investors whose mission is investing in solidly-built startups with founders that happen to look like them.
I appreciate CNN forâ€¦
Taking the risk when other networks didnâ€™t give this important issue airtime. The documentary was a catalyst to be used as a reference point to move the needle forward. Not because it started the conversation, because I donâ€™t think it did. There were already great people doing the work, in some cases under the radar. The documentary, I believe, was a single data point that helped take conversations that were happening on the local level â€˜mainstream.â€™
It wouldâ€™ve been great for Black in America 4 to mention African-American Silicon Valley pioneers likeâ€¦.
Ken Coleman, Roy Clay, David Drummond, chief legal officer of Google, andÂ Shellye Aarchambeau, CEO of MetricStream, to name a few.
The NewMe Accelerator provided meâ€¦
Access to information and relationships with key influencers in the tech space in Silicon Valley and nationally.