CodeNow Launches Bay Area Programming – 9/20 Application Deadline

The Kapor Center is proud to partner with CodeNow, a nonprofit that provides free, extracurricular training in computer programming and an opportunity to earn a free laptop to underserved high school students. Last Thursday, September 5, Kapor Center staff had the privilege of attending CodeNow’s Bay Area Launch event at HP offices in Palo Alto, CA, along with other partners and supporters. …

Issue Dive: Prison Phone Service Costs

Yesterday, we profiled one of Kapor Capital’s newest investment portfolio companies, Pigeon.ly, and its founder, Frederick Huston, which delivers to incarcerated individuals and their families a cost-saving service, promotes critical contact between them, and offers a long-sought after alternative to monopolies on such service provision. The issue of prison phone rates has been a long and troubling one, where the …

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 …

Celebrating (& Learning from) Champions of Change

Over the past year, we’ve had the honor of working with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on specific events focusing on increasing active participation of people of color and women, among other populations, in the tech industry/economy. We were present last week when the White House recognized 11 Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion, citizens …

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 …

And Justice for All

Over the past week I’ve been mentally composing a response to share through the Kapor Center blog about the Trayvon Martin slaying, the Zimmerman verdict, and the maddening wounds of racial inequity and discord that the case has laid bare in the US. I’ve read and participated in social media op-eds, campaigns, and memes about this controversy. Much has been …

Kapor Capital Fellows visit Pandora

Guest blog by Janine Siegal, Kapor Fellow There’s always something a little smug about teaching your own parent how to use something.  I use the term smug because it’s sort of like, “Hey thanks for changing my diapers way back when, now let me tap on a four inch wide screen three times and show YOU what’s up!”  See?  Smug. …

For the Love of Oakland

Oakland’s collective heart breaks again, this time for two young men who were shot and killed while working at a restaurant in our neighborhood on Monday night. Too many folks outside our town will shake their heads and sigh, “Oakland.”  Too many of us inside will say “Oh no, not again.”  Neither response is complete or satisfying.  Neither eases the …

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