Conversation & Controversy Sparked By CNN’s Black in America 4

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Advice For Emerging Black Tech Entrepreneurs – CNN BIA4 from ICED MEDIA on Vimeo.

CNN once again hit us with a the 4th installment of their Black in America series, this time bringing to light the disparities of the tech world. This edition, titled “Silicon Valley – The New Promised Land” was hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Michael Arrington, founder of tech crunch and a venture capatilist sparked conversation and controversy with his comment “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur” and stating further “Not enough women or people of color are even asking for funding.”

The response, was divided, some saying he’s right while others grew angry citing dozens of website founders, graphic designers, programmers, engineers and coders they know. The tech world, seems to be color blind, so blind they aren’t even aware of their own bias and failure to provide funding to Black founders. With the growing economic and innovation oportunities evolving in the tech space lack of funding and investment opportunities for Black tech entrepreneurs has become a serious issue.

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Random Inspiration…

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When you go through struggle, it can stop you or it can motivate you. It’s not just talent. Talent isn’t enough. You have to be willing to put in the time, you have to be smart, you have to be connected, and then when you get there, you have to maintain it. And that’s a lot of pressure, to stay on top.

-Lee Hawkins
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