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💡Issue #210: Michaela Coel, Jamii & Fanbytes Fund

Feeling rejuvenated heading into this week as I took last week off and completely switched off from w

Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

August 3 · Issue #210 · View online
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Feeling rejuvenated heading into this week as I took last week off and completely switched off from work and tech. Last week, I reflected heavily on the responsibility that comes with influence as The top executives of four of the biggest tech companies testified virtually before the U.S. Congress last Wednesday for Antitrust trials. Coupled with this, I watched a 3 part series on The Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty on BBC and I was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of The Year with One Young World.
I believe it is more important than ever for us to use our influence for social good. Sometimes we undervalue the circles we have influence in from family life to colleagues at work, let alone followers on social media.
My call to action is to always consider the question, “who is not in the room?” and in answering that question, it enables me to use my privilege to address inequalities I am aware of.
Have a productive week!

The Founders Clinic podcast interviews The Creator Fund, a UK version of the US Dorm Fund.
Supermaker summarise how PitchBlack, Backstage Capital, Peaches Monroe, and the community activity supporting growth and equitable funding for Black-owned startups.
Jamii and Translate Culture release a Black Pound Day Consumer Report.
Sifted has selected over standout 80 European founders and companies shaping the post-pandemic world.
The National Lottery Fund is prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through COVID-19.
Influencer marketing agency Fanbytes has committed £100,000 towards campaigns for Black-owned businesses and by Black creators.
Common Call COVID Fund - grants between £1K-£3K and 1 year of support available to Black-led social impact organisations.​
The Debut Sessions has created the ‘Open-Source Initiative’ to enable every investor in the ecosystem to have sight of the startup applications submitted.
The Raconteur shares how heightened awareness of racial inequality has boosted support for Black-owned business among consumers, but will venture capital follow suit?
Facebook Elevate have opened applications for their mentorship programme to coach you on creating effective Facebook Ads.
TutorBloc are hiring for a Front End Product Engineer.
Augmentum Fintech (VC) is hiring for a 6 month Investment Analyst Intern.
Seedrs are hiring for a Portfolio Assistant in London.
YSYS are hiring for a remote Community, Data and Impact Manager
The Colour of Power Index visualises the gross lack of representation across industries.
HSBC’s announce they pledge to double the number of Black Directors but fail to say exactly what they are doubling….how many Black Directors are there today? 🤔
Google adds ‘Black-owned’ business attribute for Maps, Search listings.
Michaela Coel turned down $1 million Netflix deal and said it felt empowering.
More than 3,500 film and TV professionals, including top British actors and creatives, have demanded an end to “systematic racism.”
Jeff Bezos’s opening statement was a masterclass in effective comms during the Antitrust trials.
The FT interview Insecure’s Issa Rae on her love for Los Angeles and Hollywood’s black renaissance.
The BBC tells the story of two assistant headteachers aim to increase BAME representation.
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