Meet the reader’s choice winner of our first Bay Area’s Coolest Offices contest

Candase Chambers

Congratulations to the Kapor Center, the reader’s choice winner of the San Francisco Business Times’ first annual Bay Area’s coolest offices contest. Earlier this week we unveiled the 10 Coolest Offices in the Bay Area 2018 as ranked and rated by our staff. But we also wanted to hear from readers about their top choice and asked them to vote throughout the …

Freada Kapor Klein: Silicon Valley’s diversity activist

Candase Chambers

Freada Kapor Klein, the Silicon Valley activist, venture capitalist and philanthropist, found herself in a difficult spot last year. Forty years after she co-founded the Alliance Against Sexual Coercion, the first organization in the US to focus on combating sexual harassment, one of the biggest #metoo scandals of 2017 thundered through a company she invested in: Uber.

Tech industry is leaving behind women of color, report shows

Candase Chambers

Women of color are entrepreneurs. But if you look at the tech scene, you’d hardly know it. A new study from the Kapor Center, Pivotal Ventures and Arizona State University’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology found that women of color make up 80 percent of all new women-led small businesses in the US. In tech, however, that figure …

Galvanized by national politics, Oakland gets out the vote

Candase Chambers

Down the street on Broadway, staffers from the Kapor Center for Social Impact, a non-profit focused on increasing diversity in the tech industry, had set up a booth offering churros and lemonade for people who voted. Two employees manned the station all day, taking shifts and helping passersby find their polling station. The center has never done something like this …

Latinx Tech Summit Wraps Up

Candase Chambers

It’s no secret the Latino community is underrepresented in the tech industry, but a first of its kind summit in Oakland is aiming to change that. The Kapor Center in Oakland organized the Latinx in Tech summit. Nearly 300 people showed up from around the country to meet fellow web designers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Organizers say the goal was to …

Black VC’s are Transforming Tech

Jena Pruitt

Would it surprise you to know that there are more than 100 black venture capitalists or that this nationwide ecosystem is growing?

How to Finally Fix the Gender Gap in VC

Jena Pruitt

In this Part II of a two-part series, we identify systemic problems with the current institutions that fund venture capital (VC) groups and propose how to change this archaic system. This builds off of Part I where we discussed the gender disparities in venture capital, and how solving for those issues creates great financial opportunities for investors, as well as assuring our …