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. …

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5 Steps to Raising Your First Million

Only 8% of venture capital (VC) funding is received by female entrepreneurs. Only 1% of VC funding is received by African-Americans. The reasons for this grave disparity in funding opportunities between White and Asian male founders and women and underrepresented people of color have been well documented. Recognizing this is a problem worth solving, increasingly more programs and initiatives are …

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 …

Designing Hackathons that Work

Hackathons democratize social change technology by uniting coders with people who want to enact change in their communities through app design. At the Kapor Center, we often say that we have enough apps to tell you the weather; we need innovative apps that address safety, educational access, equity, language barriers, community organizing, food justice, and other issues faced by underrepresented …

Hacking 4 Diversity

I had the opportunity this past Sunday to participate as a judge in the second annual Hack4Diversity organized by the good folks at CODE2040 (co-sponsored by the Kapor Center and Pandora).  The stated goals of the hackathon were to “bring together the Bay Area tech community with the next generation of diverse innovators, generate and execute on creative ideas to close the …

#YesWeCode Essence Fest 2014

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I had a front row seat to an amazing show in New Orleans.  There were fireworks involved, but they weren’t in the sky or on a stage (sorry Prince). The light display I saw was fueled by sparks of genius and innovation from the hundreds of boys and girls of color participating in a …

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, …

Update on the Kapor Center’s new home

As summer gets underway, we are getting closer to taking the next steps with our future home at 2148 Broadway.  Located in Uptown, the building will house the Kapor Center as well as several like-minded non-profits and businesses. If you’ve walked by in the last several months, you may have noticed work going on already.  We have been doing interior …

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 …

YesWeCode Panel at Milken Global Conference

On Monday April 28th, Mitch Kapor represented the Kapor Center for Social Impact, side by side with Van Jones, Chris Tucker, CODE2040, MIT Media Lab and BMe Community, to discuss the power of coding and Information Technology. Along with its power to boost productivity and grow the GDP, information technology can transform communities and lift up young people in America’s urban centers, …

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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 …