Building on the Legacy of Dr. King with Tech

As our country celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King, we are reminded of the work he and his fellow organizers did to advance social justice in their time. From civil rights to poverty, Dr. King led the charge to address the inequalities that plagued our nation. Half a century later, we face our own battles for social justice. …

Inequality in Tech: May I ask one more question?

The following post is by Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, Director ofStartup Education First, it started with Why aren’t more women in tech? Recently, it’s progressed to Why aren’t more people of color in tech? Slowly but surely, increasingly more people are questioning the current state of affairs in the tech industry, as it relates to gender and race inequality. Beginning with Googleand followed by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, several …

PolicyLink CEO Weighs In on My Brother’s Keeper Debate

Guest blog by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink As a longtime advocate for equity, inclusion, and social justice, I’ve become firmly convinced that to achieve universal goals that benefit all sometimes it’s necessary to engage in targeted strategies. My Brother’s Keeper, a new effort by the Obama Administration to address the unique and particular challenges facing boys and men of color, …

Ben Jealous Encourages Hundreds of College Bound Bay Area Black Men to “Decide to Take on the Fight” at Graduation Event

Last night,  more than one hundred of the Bay Area’s college bound black men and their families heard words of praise and inspiration from Kapor Center for Social Impact Venture Partner and former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  Jealous was the keynote speaker at the College Bound Brotherhood graduation ceremony at the Kaiser Center. “We should not take for …

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PowerMoves.NOLA to offer Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars

This is a guest blog by our friend, September Hargrove, at the New Orleans Start-Up Fund (NOLA). PowerMoves.NOLA, an initiative of the New Orleans Startup Fund, and in promotional partnership with the 2014 ESSENCE Festival™ has announced that they will offer the Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars in New Orleans this July 3rd – 5th. The Risingstars Boot Camp …

In Largely White Male Tech World, Why Capitalism Needs An Upgrade

CNN Op-Ed, March 28, 2014 By Mitchell Kapor and Benjamin Todd Jealous When Frederick Hutson left prison in 2012 after serving four years on marijuana-related charges, he realized he had gained something more than his freedom: insight into an overlooked consumer market. Many inmates are stuck in an age before Instagram or Facebook, relying on envelopes and pay phones to connect with family …

Women 2.0 Conference – changing the face of tech

This week I attended the Women 2.0 Conference in Las Vegas along with my colleagues, Jennifer Argüello and Brian Dixon. Women 2.0 is a conference for women in technology and innovation.  Women 2.0 describes it as: “At Women 2.0 we believe that cutting-edge technology isn’t just for the select few, nor is it a dream to defer into the distant …

Entrepreneurs Solve Problems They Have Experienced

Entrepreneurs solve problems. Entrepreneurs don’t quit. And while entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, not everyone has the same access to capital. And this is where the Kapor Center for Social Impact works to make a difference. Whether it’s partnering with BlackGirlsCode or providing venture round funding to non-traditional entrepreneurs, we’re looking to close the gap. So we’re thrilled …

inspiration keeps good company: highlights of Platform.org

We at the Kapor Center have been busy in the offline world. leading edge techtrepeneurs Recently, a delegation of Kapor Center staff and partners attended the inaugural Platform Summit. Hosted at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, the conference brought together about 150 of today’s most provocative thought-leaders for three days of deep dialogue and exploration into the issues …

The Inauguration… Got to be there

I used to watch old black and white footage of the March on Washington and wonder what it must have been like to be alive and present at such an historic event. I never laid eyes on Martin Luther King Jr. so it’s hard for me to see the face of thirty-four year old when I watch that old footage. …