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

Eric Wingerter

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

Eric Wingerter

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 …

The Tech Industry’s Gender Discrimination Problem

Eric Wingerter

One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla’s corporate headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, sat down on a bench outside the main entrance, and waited, in the hope of spotting someone who looked like a company employee. Vandermeyden, who was thirty years old, had been working as a pharmaceutical sales representative since shortly after college, but she wanted a …

Here’s the Real Reason Tech Companies Fail to Hire More Minorities

Eric Wingerter

Apple’s new diversity report, out last week, highlighted a sad fact: Underrepresented minorities employed at the company grew from just 19% in 2014 to 23% in 2017. While the tech giant claims that 50% of its new hires in the US this year were from historically underrepresented groups in tech, the meager results mirror the industry at large.

Why Discrimination in Venture Capital Runs Deep

Eric Wingerter

This week, venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson left his own firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct that led to an internal investigation. The company said he left by mutual agreement. This has happened before at other firms. Ellen Pao is a venture capitalist who sued well-known firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination in 2012. She …

7 Best Venture Capitalists for Black Entrepreneurs

Eric Wingerter

These venture capitalists are not only some of the top investors in the investment community but many of them are committed to spending dollars with black-owned companies. Below are their names and some highlights of companies they’ve invested in.