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Tech In SF: Screening Of CNN’s Black In America “The Changing Face of Silicon Valley” & Women 2.0 Startup Weekend

 

It’s been an exciting month this October with speaking at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo and networking in New York City.

I’m back in San Francisco for the rest of the year (fingers crossed) and want to let you know about upcoming events here that you should check out!

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NewME Accelerator To Mentor 13 Tech Startups In Silicon Valley This Summer

Coming to the Silicon Valley this week will be the NewMe Accelerator.  Featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New Me Accelerator is the brainchild of Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton with the goal being to identify, support and nurture promising new tech startups.

Tech startups that happen to be founded by Brown people!
(See my note at the bottom for alternative naming conventions)

Thirteen startups made it through the application and review process and will now begin to arrive in Mountain View for a fast-paced, intense and unique opportunity to turn their ideas into a working reality! Continue reading

blogher How to encourage more brown women to launch technology startups

How To Encourage More Brown Women To Launch Tech Startups

I am taking this StartupWeekend event as an opportunity to reply to TechCrunch’s post, Women of Color in Tech: How Can We Encourage Them?

The following blog post is written by a Brown woman and is advice to be followed by Brown women who are interested in technology, starting a company, launching a startup or being more successful in business.

A few weeks ago, TechCrunch wrote what I considered to be a “dumb” and patronizing article asking why there appeared to be so few Brown women launching tech startups.  I began writing an angry blog post but decided instead to lead with action instead of words.

I invited two Brown women, @drgoddess and @kiratiana, who I knew from Twitter and conferences to head out and join me for StarutpWeekend in San Francisco.  We had all spent time talking together at SXSW about how to launch our ideas.  Kiratiana bought her ticket, booked her flight and arrived Thursday night!  You can read the pre-event blog post Startup Weekend Hits San Francisco Again For 2011 I wrote up.

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