Women 2.0 kicks off monthly meetings in Oakland

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Posted on Tuesday, May 13 at 9:00am | By Oakland Local By Sophia Elson Earlier this month, Women 2.0 held its first Oakland meet-up, initiating Oakland as the fifteenth city worldwide where the women-in-tech platform holds its monthly networking events. The back conference room at Pandora’s headquarters, where the meet-up was held, was packed. Unsurprisingly, the attendees were mostly women, but a number of men were also …

#VatorSplashOakland: Mitch Kapor keynote says Oakland’s the new spot for tech expansion

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#VatorSplashOakland: Mitch Kapor keynote says Oakland’s the new spot for tech expansion Posted on Sunday, May 11 at 10:21am | By Oakland Local By Howard Dyckoff Mitch Kapor, one of the early business icons of the personal computer revolution, shared an informal keynote and Q/A session with Vator CEO and Founder Bambi Francisco  when the conference kicked off on Tuesday in which he …

MC Hammer, Mitch Kapor kick off Oakland tech entrepreneurs event

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May 6, 2014, 2:16pm PDT UPDATED: May 6, 2014, 2:31pm PDT MC Hammer, Mitch Kapor kick off Oakland tech entrepreneurs event Mitch Kapor: “I’m inspired by entrepreneurs we work with who are changing the world.” Oakland is the next big place for tech companies and investors. At least that’s what tech luminary Mitch Kapor and investor and former rapper MC Hammer said at the kickoff event …

Oakland: Brooklyn by the Bay

Eric Wingerter

By MATT HABER May 2, 2014 OAKLAND, Calif. — On a recent Tuesday afternoon, a group of well-dressed and soon-to-be well-groomed men sat patiently in the sun outside Temescal Alley Barbershop waiting for $25 haircuts and $30 straight-razor shaves. Some idly pecked at their phones, while others wandered into Standard & Strange, a men’s clothing store that stocks rugged-looking American-made apparel and …

In Largely White Male Tech World, Why Capitalism Needs An Upgrade

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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 …

New America Media: Why Oakland’s a Tech Start-up Game Changer

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by Barbara Grady Oakland-based Mindblown Labs put gaming into education and garnered the largest Kickstarter campaign for any mobile game ever. E-commerce site Mayvenn found an unserved market and is growing 40 to 60 percent a month in revenues, and GroupFlix is already being described as another Netflix, prelaunch. These tech start-ups are all in Oakland. And they were all …

Fusion: Breaking the Status Quo of the Startup Scene

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By Emily DeRuy on Fusion Silicon Valley boasts the most thriving startup scene in the country. But the unconventional companies hawking the latest and greatest in apps and software also display a serious lack of diversity. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous wants to change that. He recently accepted a position with Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based venture capital firm that wants …

KUT: Latinos Welcome SXSW Spotlight, But Still Feel Marginalized

By Veronica Zaragovia on KUT Update: KUT’s Veronica Zaragovia discussed Latinos at SXSW Interactive on WBUR’s Here and Now today. Listen to the conversation here. Original story:  South by Southwest Interactive is underway in Austin. This year, there’s a focus on the Latinos innovation in tech – a field where many Latinos face significant barriers. When SXSW Interactive kicked off …

Forbes: Mitch Kapor’s Next Killer App – Latino Entrepreneurship

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Written by Giovanni Rodriguez on Forbes.com @giorodriguez Kapor’s “Latin@s in Tech” was one of the best pre-events this year at SxSW Interactive.  Here’s why. History lesson for the young-un’s:  Lotus 1-2-3 was the first “killer app” for the age of the PC, and Mitch Kapor was the founder.  Since that time (the early 80s), he’s done a lot of other …

The Root: How the Kapor Center Serves as Our Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keeper

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Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous on TheRoot.com Cedric Brown sat three chairs down from President Barack Obama as he announced his My Brother’s Keeper initiative last week. But more importantly, moving forward, is that Brown has a seat at the table as the White House tackles the persistent crisis of young men of color in America. Cedric and his colleague …

Daily Caller: Former NAACP head joins venture capitalist firm in California

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Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous has been hired by a venture capitalist firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in the “disruptive democratization of a sector.” Jealous will take up the position of venture partner at Kapor Capital, the investment division of the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, California. Kapor — which is owned by Mitchell Kapor and his …

Upstart Business Journal: Former NAACP head turns VC, plans to boost minority entrepreneurs

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By Kent Bernhard Jr in the Upstart Business Journal Benjamin Jealous, credited with turning around the NAACP while head of the civil rights organization, plans to take his fight for social justice to California as a venture capitalist. Jealous is joining Kapor Capital of Oakland. His job, to find and help fund startups led by African American and Latino entrepreneurs. …