Seeking to go where few others have journeyed, former British-born broadcast reporter, Kunbi Tinuoye, recognized that the dearth of reporting on pioneering African Americans in Silicon Valley and STEM was a problem in mass media.
Her answer: UrbanGeekz, a digital news platform focused on technology, science and business. It offers original print and video content on startups, geek gadgets, social media, scientific advancements and entrepreneurship.
“Our demographic is inter-generational, ranging from 20-somethings to 50-somethings, and reflects a wide range of interests and experiences, fromÂ tech-savvy millennialsÂ to professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs,â€ says founder Kunbi Tinuoye, who acknowledges the site’s deliberate focus on issues related to diversity in the technology sector.Â “The website is only six months old and, in a short time, we’ve had a lot of traction, including a successful strategic partnership with tech giant AT&T.â€
The video-centric news site aims to make technology ‘cool’ and accessible, while highlightingÂ science, technology, engineering and math-related fields as exciting and rewarding career paths. In addition, the website has a passionate following of female readers. Tinuoye says its consumers are primarily from the United States but the platform also has growing readership from across the globe.
Aiming to promote educational achievement and career exploration in STEM communities, especially among under-severed communities,Â theÂ site creates an outlet for dialogue on the most pressing and relevant issues inÂ STEM-related fields.
BlackEnterprise.com tech writer, Marcia Wade Talbert, reached out to Tinuoye to learn her motivation, inspiration and plan to grow UrbanGeekz into a cutting-edge vehicle for exploring black issues and innovative careers for under-served communities in the technology and science ecosystems.
BlackEnterprise.com: What inspired you to start a site about African Americans in tech?
Kunbi Tinuoye:Â I spotted a gap in the market. Mainstream tech sites do not pay enough attention to the growing multicultural market. Knowledge that the big tech firms heavily skew towards male, white and Asian was also another factor. However, for me this is more than a business venture, it’s a labor of love. MyÂ mission is to make technology more accessible, whileÂ highlightingÂ STEM fields as exciting career paths for women and under-served communities.
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