Baltimore Sun: Former NAACP CEO Benjamin Jealous to join West Coast venture capital firm

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Kapor Capital backs firms with positive social impact By Lorraine Mirabella in The Baltimore Sun Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who stepped down in December, is joining a West Coast venture capital firm specializing in startups that diversify the tech industry and aim to have a positive social impact. Jealous, who will continue to reside in Silver Spring, …

SF Business Times: Ex-NAACP head now a Kapor Center partner

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By Patrick Hoge in the SF Business Times Former NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous has become a partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, where he will work on both for-profit investments and non-profit activities. Jealous ran the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People until December. In addition to being a partner at …

The Root: Ben Jealous Continues His Civil Rights Fight ‘by Any Means That Works’

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By The Root staff Benjamin Jealous left the NAACP in January, but, he says, he plans to “stay on track with my life’s mission of leveling the playing field in this country.” And in the next phase of his career—as a venture partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact—he’ll be focused on “trying new ways” to expand opportunities for …

North Dallas Gazette: From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley – Ben Jealous Still Pushing Technology for Equality

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By Hazel Trice Edney in the North Dallas Gazette (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America. Jealous and the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact, located in …

SF Chronicle: Former NAACP President Ben Jealous coming to Silicon Valley

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Written by Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle Silicon Valley’s newest venture capitalist has social media experience – and a social justice background. Benjamin Jealous, the former NAACP president responsible for turning around the flagging civil rights institution, will join an Oakland venture capital firm dedicated to socially conscious investing. His assignment as a venture partner with Kapor Capital and the …

Associated Press: Former NAACP President Moves to Venture Capital

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By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer Just months after stepping down as head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming …

SF Chronicle: Obama Brother’s Keeper program inspired by Oakland project

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By Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle President Obama, backed by $200 million in philanthropic pledges, launched a new program Wednesday aimed at helping young men of color succeed in school and the job market – and some of its inspiration came from a program already in place in Oakland. The new My Brother’s Keeper program is designed to …

NPR: Do Tech Startups Need More Diversity?

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Race and gender gaps can discourage people from getting the skills to make it in the tech world. But if you have what it takes, how do you get your startup off the ground? Listen to the story here »

How to Start: Living In America w/ Jose Antonio Vargas

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Jose talks American. He dresses American. He spent twenty years growing up American. Hell, he even won a Pulitzer Prize, and last time I checked they don’t much give those to foreigners. But despite his status as a well-known journalist, now filmmaker and entrepreneur here in the states, the fact remains: Jose is not, according to our government, an American. …

Oakland Local: Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement – Some photos

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This weekend, Impact Hub Oakland kicked off with Oakland’s first Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement (SWOBMA). Van Jones gave the keynote at Saturday’s evening reception and shared his vision for Rebuild The Dream’s latest program, #YesWeCode, a major initiative to help train 100,000 low-opportunity youth become the next generation of world-class computer programmers. Read the full article at Oakland Local »

SF Chronicle: Oakland hackathon tries to broaden Silicon Valley’s recruitment pipeline

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By Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle » Silicon Valley touts itself as a meritocracy where people climb the economic ladder based on the power of their ideas. But many people of color can’t even find that ladder, let alone climb it. They’re not part of the valley’s white-male-dominated “bro culture,” advocates say, and aren’t connected to the social …

New York Times: Released From Prison, and Starting a Company

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By DONNA FENN in the New York Times Like most entrepreneurs, Frederick Hutson cannot resist trying to solve a thorny problem. His company, Pigeonly, based in Las Vegas, taps an underserved and “captive” market by offering prison inmates an easy and efficient way to receive photos from loved ones and to make phone calls to them inexpensively. “Isolation is the …