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 …

Building a Stronger Pipeline: HBCUs & Silicon Valley

Just wanted to share a quick update on the fantastic three day convening that was held last week at Stanford: UNCF sponsored the first-ever HBCU Innovation Summit, which brought representatives from over a dozen colleges and universities to the heart of Silicon Valley. The Summit was designed to “increase engagement, connectivity and performance of diverse and underrepresented communities to the …

Level the Coding Field

At the Kapor Center, we often say “Silicon Valley is losing out on untapped talent,” and “when the community of tech CREATORS more accurately reflects the demographics of the nation, we will see the kind of innovations our country needs.”  We truly believe that those living with the most pressing challenges in society are those who will also find the …

Notes from the Road

This month, Kapor Center staff have attended a handful of conferences and events ranging from topics on increasing the diversity and success of African American women in technology leadership, to coordinating and sharing strategies amongst funders in African American communities, to addressing the employment diversity challenges and opportunities of technology sector. Here are a few notes from recent travels… FOCUS100 …

High School Female Scholars Visit Women’s Tech Conference

From October 2-5, 2013, our very own Jennifer Argüello took 3 young female Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) seniors to experience what some say is the Woodstock for technical women – The Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.  It’s the largest gathering of women in computing in the world and is run by the Anita Borg Institute. Attendees are talented technical women …