The 2017 Tech Leavers Study

What would you do if your colleagues continually shared offensive and stereotypical racial jokes? How would you respond if the same managers who continually made sexist comments also unfairly critiqued your work contributions, while you watched others being fast-tracked for promotions? Or if your co-workers questioned your legal status to work,your English skills, or your ability to do your job? …

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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 …

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Latin@s in Tech Pre-Conference Coming to SXSW

In one week the Kapor Center will descend upon Austin, Texas for the first ever Latin@s in Tech SxSW pre-conference, uniting some of the most accomplished Latino/a tech leaders in the country. The one day conference on March 6th will feature notable speakers, including Maria Hinojosa and Ben Jealous, panels, and sessions aimed to unite Latino/as in tech with the …

Hot Jobs!

Not that kind of Jobs. Three of our partner/portfolio organizations are hiring! Check ’em out and spread the word to your diverse networks! #YesWeCode is looking for a Project Manager. See the job description here. The #YesWeCode initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. #YesWeCode will recruit hundreds of …

Kapor Capital’s New Website Invites Diverse Investment Candidates

The Kapor Center has recently launched a new website for our start-up investment activities, Kapor Capital, designed by our partners at Design Action Collective. Kapor Capital is a seed stage firm that invests in tech start-ups with a social impact focus. We invest in approximately 25 companies annually. One of the companies in our portfolio is Pigeonly. Based out of …

Undocumented and Unafraid: DREAMers and Jose Antonio Vargas

The Kapor Center and our partners at Define American screened the film Documented, written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, to an audience of more than 250 people on Tuesday January 28th at the Kaiser Center in Oakland. The film was an inspiring portrait of Jose, who, after winning the Pulitzer Prize for his writing with the Washington Post on …

Liz Eggleston & Course Report on Coding Bootcamps and Diversity

The face of the modern tech industry is not black & white.  In fact, it’s mostly white.  African-Americans make up only 4% of people in software development, application and systems jobs, and Latino/as make up only 5% of these jobs in the US (http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsrace2012.pdf).  A number of organizations like Black Girls Code, CodeNow, and the Level Playing Field Institute are …

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. catalyzed revolutionary social change, plowing through insurmountable odds to usher in the next chapter of racial justice in America. We can honor the sacrifices made in the civil rights movement by forging new paths to opportunity that did not exist yesterday. At the Kapor Center, we frequently reflect upon the state of equality in America …

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 …

First-ever Latin@ Tech Conference to Precede SXSW Interactive

WHEN: March 6, 2014 WHERE:  George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Austin TX The Kapor Center for Social Impact, along with Kety Esquivel, Principal of Esquivel McCarson Consulting and Ana Flores, Principal of Latina Bloggers Connect announce the start of planning for the first ever Latino Technology Conference to precede SXSW. “We decided to hold this pre-SXSW Latino Technology Conference in …