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Edtech startups and VCs rally around a memo of their own

Outschool founder Amir Nathoo has a message to the edtech sector, which recently found itself under a spotlight thanks to the pandemic: Add your voice, and don’t try to always appear neutral. The founder of the unicorn business penned a statement, co-signed by other edtech leaders, promoting the continuance of teachers being allowed to teach critical race theory in classrooms across the country. The learning framework, which has been the subject of recent legislative debate, covers the acknowl...
Tags: TC, Tech, Racism, United States, Silicon Valley, Ev Williams, Edtech, Jim Crow, Coinbase, Medium, Sara Mauskopf, Basecamp, Joanna Smith, Black America, Brian Armstrong, Quizlet

Firm creates open framework to help VCs and founders address racial inequity

In 2017, Paul Hawken published a book compiling a set of concrete actions people could take to combat climate change called The Climate Drawdown. Inspired by this, Seth Bannon, founding partner at Fifty Years, a firm that provides seed funding for companies aiming to make the world a better place, decided to do something similar to address systemic racism, and the Racial Inequity Drawdown was born. Today, the company is revealing this document to the world and “open sourcing” it with the goal of...
Tags: TC, Tech, Diversity, Princeton, Poku, Bannon, Fifty Years, Dei, Paul Hawken, Seth Bannon, George Floyd, Sixty8 Capital, Racial Inequity Drawdown, Health Wellbeing Equality of Opportunity, Elizabeth Poku

Stop the excuses and pass a police decertification bill

SACRAMENTO – If you’re a Realtor, contractor or insurance agent who engages in serious misbehavior, the state can strip you of the license that allows you to practice your profession. Occupational-licensing rules often are strict. They include “moral turpitude” clauses that deny licenses to those with convictions – even for crimes that have little to do with the specific work license. These rules mostly apply to private-sector workers. But many government employees – especially police officers, ...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Bill, EMS, Bill Of Rights, Legislature, McFarland, Senate Bill, Fullerton, Newsom

HBCUvc’s new million-dollar fund wants to give overlooked investors a track record

HBCUvc, a non-profit organization that wants to diversify the world of venture by rooting itself in historically Black colleges and universities, nearly shut down last year. Founder Hadiyah Mujhid met with her team, an entirely Black and Latinx staff, and warned them that they only had two months left before she would have to shut down the three-year operation. One week after that conversation, George Floyd, a 46-year old Black man, was unjustly murdered by police in Minneapolis. His death promp...
Tags: Google, TC, Minneapolis, America, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Chicago, Black Lives Matter, Black, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Mark Cuban Foundation, Latinx, Hadiyah Mujhid, Underrepresented Founders, Google for Startups

Blendoor data lets you know if companies are living up to diversity pledges

Many companies talk the talk when it comes to diversity, but it’s harder to know if a firm is actually going the extra mile to hire more qualified people from underrepresented groups, or if they just make noise about it. Blendoor, a six-year-old startup, wants to put data to work on the problem by giving companies a score based on publicly available data to let the world know just how diverse a company actually is. Blendoor founder and CEO Stephanie Lampkin says that when she launched the compan...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Diversity, Governance, Black Lives Matter, ESG, Marc Andreessen, Floyd, Stephanie Lampkin, Blendoor, Diversity and Inclusion, Techcrunch Include, Lampkin, George Floyd, Sixty8 Capital

Social Media Is Driving Today's Polarization and Killing Brand Reputation

Social media toxicity is nothing new. It's growing at dizzying rates. And unfortunately, you don't need to be a high-profile athlete or a celebrity or politician with millions of followers to have a toxic bullhorn - all you need is a social media account, and you can cause damage to brands through one simple function: the comments and replies. Brands, you have fair warning. Every second of the day, individual trolls of every stripe, are doing the equivalent of walking into your brick-and-mort...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Pew Research Center, Don, Applebee, George Floyd, Erik Swain

CEO of Logitech shares plans for returning to the office, addressing racism and climate change

Insider Harry Murphy/Getty Images Logitech's tools and accessories played a major role in the global shift to remote work last year. Bracken Darrell, president and CEO of Logitech, told Insider about the process of moving and supporting employees during the transition. Darrell also shared why he feels it's important to address racism and bias, and climate change moving forward. This article is part of a series about CEOs and their vision for the future called "What...
Tags: Google, Europe, Interview, US, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, Sustainability, South Africa, Logitech, Sundar Pichai, Remote Working, Darrell, Diversity and Inclusion, Bracken Darrell, Dei

This $250 million growth fund will divert half its profits to historically black colleges and universities

There’s been a lot of talk about racial equality in the year since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, but achieving it is far easier said than done given the current state of affairs. Consider: according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, historically Black colleges and universities have $15,000 on average in endowment per student, while comparable non-HBCUs have $410,000 on average in endowment per student. That matters, a lot. While higher learning institutions are almost uni...
Tags: TC, Florida, Minneapolis, Stanford, Tech, University, Yale, Venture Capital, Black, Nubank, Bain Capital Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Code2040, Bay Area, Hill, McKinsey Co

A thank-you note to the net

I want to say something unpopular and provocative: I am grateful for the internet, especially this year, most especially amid the pandemic that still engulfs the world. In media’s telling — according to my sampling from just one newspaper’s and one magazine’s coverage of late — the net is singularly to blame for the polarization of society, a toxic ecosystem of hate, renewed racism, the deterioration of the public square, the destruction of democracy, a pandemic of disinformation, the ri...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Publishing, Florida, Technology, Internet, Uncategorized, America, Commerce, Usc, Zuckerberg, Martin Luther, Jan Hus, Newmark J School, George Floyd, Nirit Weiss Blatt

Canvas lands $20M so tech’s biggest companies can find diverse talent

Ben Herman and Adam Gefkovicz launched Jumpstart in 2017 with a clear mission: to make the world more equitable via a more fair and balanced hiring process. The company released its “Diversity Recruitment Platform” in July of 2018 with the aim of helping people earlier in their careers get a “jumpstart” via technology. Over the years, the startup’s mission has evolved beyond helping college grads to helping all employees — regardless of career stage — get a fair shot at jobs. And it’s doi...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Sequoia, Ben, Herman, Vernal, Mike Vernal, Lachy Groom, Ben Herman, Sequoia Capital co, George Floyd, Adam Gefkovicz

A year since the world met George Floyd, and Deutsche Bank's diversity dilemma: Tuesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters. One revolution later Today marks a year since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. His death, a slow and harrowing murder carried out in broad daylight by public servants, might have been buried in bureaucratic paperwork like many others, but for the fact that it was caught...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Europe, Japan, Florida, Minneapolis, India, Advertising, Disney, BJP, Gop, New York Times, Deutsche Bank, Tokyo, State Department, Delhi

Amazon sold you everything, now it wants to test you

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Amazon's big plans for at home medical testsThe "other" SPAC KingDispatch from Miami with tech VC Keith Rabois Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. This week: Amazon wants to give you a test Getty/Chip Somodevilla The universe of Amazon products and services is infinite, from supermarkets to home security cameras.This week we le...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, London, Enterprise, Media, Microsoft, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Intel, Ford, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Miami

10 things in tech you need to know today

Robin Marchant/Getty; Anadolu Angency/Getty; George Floyd Facebook; Jeenah Moon/Reuters; Ben Hider/Getty Images for Concordia Summit; Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty; Skye Gould/Insider Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Top tech and finance CEOs said George Floyd's death changed their perspective on business leadership. Next week marks one year since Floyd's murder. Execs from JPMorgan Chase, Chipotle, and Surv...
Tags: Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Ford, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Floyd, Melinda, Newsletters, Robin Marchant Getty

'I was screaming': Top CEOs reflect on the shocking death of George Floyd one year ago and how it changed their perception of being a business leader

From left: Brian Niccol CEO of Chipotle, Zander Lurie CEO of Taco Bell, George Floyd, Lisa Ross CEO of Edelman, and Jamie Dimon CEO of JP Morgan Chase. Robin Marchant/Getty; Anadolu Angency/Getty; George Floyd Facebook; Jeenah Moon/Reuters; Ben Hider/Getty Images for Concordia Summit; Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty; Skye Gould/Insider George Floyd's murder forced executives to address racial injustice and double down on diversity. CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Chipotle, and SurveyMonkey agree their ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Florida, New York, Microsoft, Minneapolis, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Georgia, Queens, Starbucks, Associated Press, Edelman, Houston, Republican

HP outlines ambitious diversity goals

HP today announced a series of ambitious goals aimed at driving “a more diverse, equitable and inclusive” tech industry. The tech giant, of course, is not the first company to have made strong claims about its intentions around diversity. As former TC reporter Megan Rose Dickey reported extensively, d iversity and inclusion as an idea has been on the agenda of tech companies for years now.  HP Chief Diversity Officer Lesley Slaton Brown says diversity and inclusion is something that th...
Tags: TC, Stanford, US, Tech, Black, Megan Rose Dickey, Lesley Slaton Brown, George Floyd, Slaton Brown, Society of Asian Engineers

Amazon Extends Moratorium On Police Use of Facial Recognition Software

Amazon said on Tuesday it is extending a moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software. The company imposed the ban last year after the murder of George Floyd by law enforcement in June 2020. Reuters reports: Civil liberties advocates have long warned that inaccurate face matches by law enforcement could lead to unjust arrests, as well as to a loss of privacy and chilled freedom of expression. Amazon's extension, which Reuters was first to report, underscores how facial recognition...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, Tech, Reuters, George Floyd

Uber has launched a new anti-racism campaign and committed to fresh hiring practices aimed at improving diversity

Uber said it is committed to continuing its anti-racism work. Eric Risberg/AP On Friday, Uber announced the launch of a new anti-racism initiative. Its plans involve more training for drivers and riders and new hiring practices. The move comes after Uber pledged to make its business more diverse. See more stories on Insider's business page. Uber on Friday launched a new anti-racism campaign and committed to new internal hiring practices to help boost diversity.In a statement on its we...
Tags: Uber, Trends, Tech, Brazil, Reuters, Dara Khosrowshahi, Tech Insider, Liane Hornsey, Eric Risberg, George Floyd, Weekend BI UK, Zahra Tayeb, Erica Ellis

The Geek in Review Ep. 116 – Jennifer Leonard of Penn Law’s Future of the Profession Initiative

This week’s guest is Jennifer Leonard, Chief Innovation Officer at The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Executive Director of the Future of the Profession Initiative (FPI) at Penn Law. Jennifer joins us to talk about her work with FPI, the record $125M donation to Penn Law from the W.P. Carey Foundation, and the amazing Board of Advisors and people behind FPI. The multidisciplinary approach that FPI takes toward shaping the future of the practice brings together the wealth of ...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Podcast, UK, New York, Law, Washington, India, Softbank, Israel, Uncategorized, US, Bloomberg, Ben Franklin, New York Times, New Zealand

Facebook’s Oversight Board throws the company a Trump-shaped curveball

Facebook’s controversial policy-setting supergroup issued its verdict on Trump’s fate Wednesday, and it wasn’t quite what most of us were expecting. We’ll dig into the decision to tease out what it really means, not just for Trump, but also for Facebook’s broader experiment in outsourcing difficult content moderation decisions and for just how independent the board really is. What did the Facebook Oversight Board decide? The Oversight Board backed Facebook’s determination that Trump violated i...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, Nick Clegg, Biden, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Board, Capitol, Facebook Facebook, The Board, Clegg

For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an external Supreme Court-like policy decision making group, will either restore Trump’s Facebook privileges or banish him forever on Wednesday. Whatever happens, it’s a huge moment for Facebook’s nascent experiment in outsourcing hard content moderation calls to an elite group of global thinkers, academics and political f...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Supreme Court, Social Networks, Minneapolis, Stanford, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Nick Clegg, President, Computing

As companies prioritize diversity, startups are trying to productize diverse hiring

When the iconic American power tools company Stanley Black & Decker began looking for ways to improve the pipeline of diverse candidates that the company was reviewing for potential roles, it turned to an Israeli-based startup called Talenya for help. The company wasn’t alone in looking to startups for support in new hiring initiatives. Last year’s social reckoning that occurred in the wake of nationwide protests against systemic racism triggered by the murder of George Floyd pushed companies ar...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Diversity, Chicago, Xerox, Talent, Smith, Hiring, Bain Capital Ventures, Textio, Wayup, Sarah Smith, Robinson, Stanley Black Decker, Mayfield, Liz Wessel

Talking Tech: Apple and Facebook dominate the week, but holograms are the future

Apple showed off new iMac, iPad Pro and purple iPhone, while Facebook got criticism after a verdict in the George Floyd case. And holograms were made.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Usa, News, Usa Today, George Floyd

From Mark Zuckerberg to Roz Brewer, here's how corporate America responded to Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict

Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images, Chesnot/Getty Images, Misha Friedman/Getty Images Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday. Business leaders including Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Roz Brewer responded to the verdict soon after. Many said the verdict was only the beginning of the fight against institutional racism. See more stories on Insider's business page. A...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Justice, Microsoft, Minneapolis, US, America, Trends, Strategy, Paypal, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mary Barra, Tim Cook

10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Today's the day: Apple is holding its first major event of the year. CEO Tim Cook is expected to introduce two iPad Pro models - as well as other updated products. Here's what you might see today (and how to watch).2. A Tesla crash killed two people in Texas, and authorities are set...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Congress, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Tim Cook, Ibm, Mars, Musk

Inside the rise of police department real-time crime centers

At a conference in New Orleans in 2007, Jon Greiner, then the chief of police in Ogden, Utah, heard a presentation by the New York City Police Department about a sophisticated new data hub called a “real time crime center.” Reams of information rendered in red and green splotches, dotted lines, and tiny yellow icons appeared as overlays on an interactive map of New York City: Murders. Shootings. Road closures. You could see the routes of planes landing at LaGuardia and the schedules of container...
Tags: Google, Utah, Jay Leno, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Cowboys, Walmart, Surveillance, West, Innovation, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans, Fox News, US Treasury

New Jersey announces $10M seed fund aimed at Black and Latinx founders

Today, in a twist, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced a proposal for a $10 million allocation in the state budget to create a seed fund for Black and Latinx startups, TechCrunch has learned exclusively. The Black and Latinx Seed Fund will be administered by the New Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said based on research conducted by the state, that New Jersey is the first state in the nation to develop this type of fund. He said the move is a “...
Tags: Verizon, Boston, America, Tech, Chicago, Austin, New Jersey, Silicon Valley, Dell, Detroit, Black Lives Matter, Black, Chicago Sun Times, Murphy, Sullivan, Barclays Capital

Real raises $10M from Lightspeed, Megan Rapinoe and others to rethink therapy

The last year has put a spotlight on mental health, and startup Real is looking to shake up the space with a product that makes group therapy available on-demand. Founded by CEO Ariela Safira, Real is inspired by a long-standing methodology in the world of mental health: Group therapy. AA, for instance, has been around for decades and proven to be incredibly effective for some. But that format isn’t as readily available across a variety of issues beyond the disease of addiction. To deploy this s...
Tags: TC, Stanford, Tech, Quinn, Minnesota Vikings, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Gwyneth Paltrow, Columbia, Lightspeed, Megan Rapinoe, Rapinoe, Ariela, Nicole Quinn, Safira, George Floyd, Lightspeed Megan Rapinoe

10 Things in Politics: Anti-Trump Republicans weigh in on Biden

Clockwise from top left: Former RNC Chair Michael Steele; former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman;Former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Former Rep. Susan Molinari Steele/Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call; Whitman, AP Photo/Mel Evans; Scaramucci/ AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais; Molinari/ Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Google Good morning! Congratulations to Baylor who finished Gonzaga's quest for a perfect season with a rout in the men's national t...
Tags: Google, New York, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Congress, Senate, White House, Politico, US, West Virginia, Trends, Georgia, Chicago, Democrats, Arkansas, Connecticut

Three ways VC firms can construct sustainably diverse portfolios

Leslie Feinzaig Contributor Share on Twitter Leslie Feinzaig is the founder and CEO of the Female Founders Alliance. Venture capital has a diversity problem: Data show that Black and Latinx founders received just 2.6% of overall funding in 2020. Women-founded teams received nearly 30% less funding in 2020 than they did in 2019. For decades, a close-knit community of brilliant but like-minded individuals built a system of patt...
Tags: Tech, Black, Crunchbase, BCG, Leslie Feinzaig, George Floyd, Ashlee Wisdom, Female Founders Alliance Venture

R/GA Ventures announces its new Coalition Venture Studios to support Black founders

Design and marketing consultancy R/GA is expanding its Venture Studios program with the launch of a new Coalition Venture Studio focused specifically on supporting Black-led and Black-owned startups. The initiative is led by R/GA Entrepreneur in Residence Davyeon Ross, a Black entrepreneur who founded sports analytics company ShotTracker. The startup (which is backed by TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon, specifically Verizon Ventures) was part of R/GA’s Dodgers Accelerator, and Ross attributed...
Tags: Startups, Verizon, Tech, Diversity, Coalition, Venture Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Ross, Black, RGA, Cto, Verizon Ventures, Dodgers, IPG, R GA, R GA Ventures

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