Why afro technology isn’t part of the future?
Rich, educated and connected
...There is a new class forming and they are rich, educated, and connected.
They are also feared, with their weird geeky glasses, electric cars, and new data
ethic. They use cafes as workplaces, bars to conduct meetings, and workplaces to
“chillax“. They don’t believe in business hierarchies and believe you can quantify
everything from relationships to sex. They may even be right. But more troubling
is they’re most likely white or asian men.
What are we talking about here?
In a one-and-a-half year long investigation,CNNMoney probed 20 of the most
influential technology companies in the U.S. What they found: racial minorities
and women are generally underrepresented in management roles. And those
roles are typically dominated by white and Asian men.
What are we talking about here?
Overall, 70% of Twitter’s employees are male. That number moves to 90% when
you just count Twitter’s tech employees, and 79% if you’re looking only at its
leadership. Fifty-nine percent of Twitter’s employees are white, 29% are Asian.
Only 2% of employees describe themselves as black or African American; 3% as
Hispanic or Latino. This is a stark contrast from the company’s user base.
This is a stark contrast from the company’s user base. According to the Pew
Research Internet Project 22% of online African Americans are Twitter users,
compared with 16% of online whites.
Blacks have no place in the future?
Roy Clay Sr., CEO, Rod-L Electronics, Menlo Park, CA "The godfather of black Silicon Valley," Clay was
told in 1955 by McDonnell Aircraft there were
"no jobs for professional Negroes"
despite his math degree from Washington University.
A year later, he was its first computer programmer.
By 1965, he was research and development director for Hewlett-Packard's new computer division and
created a family tree of black computer standouts. As a consultant to venture funds, he "greenlighted"
the initial investments to Intel, Compaq and Tandem. In the early 1970s, he began Rod-L, which makes
the hi pottesters that check all consumer electronic equipment for electrical shorts.
Clay hires non-college graduates from nearby East Palo Alto to staff his factory to make the point about
the underused capabilities in America's inner cities.
The hacker manifesto
We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call
us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious
bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you
murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet
we're the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging
people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of
outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
● They face way tougher competitors
● know the true meaning of risk-taking
● Focused on the bottom-line
● All about the product
● Manage people well
● Can sell and know customer service
● They’re creative marketers
It's hard out here for a geek
Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The
Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA
filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling
his senior year of college applications, interviews
and the SAT.
How can tech help in the discussion of racial inequality?
What we can see is that technology improves connectivity on all levels. It allows
us to connect across geographical locations and cultures, and it gives us even
more opportunities to have honest and open conversations. Mobile technology
can literally put the world at our fingertips; social media can make political
movements grow like wildfire around the globe. Big data helps us understand
ourselves in ways we haven’t thought of before.
Land of opportunity
“Nowhere else do you have more than one billion people who are so
underprivileged and under-catered to. There is a huge business opportunity
here,” said Lingham, who has invested in a number of South African startups.
The VC4Africa report found investors are primarily attracted to startups in e-
commerce, clean technology, e-health and financial services, with Kenya, South
Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda key destinations.
Leading from the top
President Barack Obama
invited 30 companies to
the White House (on his
birthday, no less) to
participate in the first-
ever White House Demo
Day. The purpose of the
event was to accelerate
diversity in the U.S. tech