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💡Issue #229: Obama, Anthony Joshua & LeBron James

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Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

December 14 · Issue #229 · View online
Your weekly newsletter on minorities in tech, venture and entrepreneurship 💫 http://andyayim.com

I started the newsletter in 2015 in order to showcase more relatable black role models in entrepreneurship and investing. I feel I’ve largely accomplished that in the 229 issues to date (including this one!).
My question to you all is……..what would you like me to share more about in this newsletter in 2021?
Please reply, and let me know your ideas!
Have a productive week.
PS. Grateful for Sifted featuring this newsletter among some of the best to follow in Europe (Check it out here).

From Mixtape Madness to MBE: Andy Ayim’s journey by Extend Ventures.
FROM THE STARTUPS 🚀
Squire, a barbershop tech startup, triples its valuation to $250M in latest funding round.
Career Karma closes $10M Series A as it prepares for a surge in online tech job training post-COVID.
Find out how underrepresented communities are building their own funding networks and thriving.
Three brothers open the first Black-owned Bourbon company in Louisville.
The Collective Impact Residency is offering places for black-led impact startups.
Facebook have launched a black gaming creator programme.
LeBron James cofounded nutrition company Ladder with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which has now been acquired by Openfit.
FROM THE INVESTORS 💸
Ada Ventures closes first fund at $50M to invest in diverse founders and overlooked markets.
Kevin Durant invests into sports card marketplace startup, StarStock.
51 VCs who invest in women, Black, Latinx and LGBTQ+ founders.
Silicon Valley Bank has appointed Angela Morris Lovelace as the company’s new Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.
Sifted share highlights from The Atomico annual State of European Tech report.
EVENTS 🎟️
LocalGlobe have launched their Newton Venture programme. Apply now if you want learn how to work in VC.
Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs are hosting a competition for 18- 30 year olds with £60K a prize pot.
Grow F are hosting a Demo Day for European female founders.
Carbon13 is a new venture building programme for founders to find cofounders and start businesses focused on reducing climate change.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES 💼
TLA Black Women in Tech have launched their new site and are looking for black women and allies to connect and join.
Founders Intelligence are hiring for an Analyst.
Force Over Mass are hiring an intern to join the team.
Black Founders Hub was a new network launched for service professionals. Check it out and sign up if interested.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 👩🏿‍💻
Rashida Jones is the new president of MSNBC cable network.
More than 30 CEOs pledge one million jobs for Black Americans.
Lloyds Bank shares how Black employees at the bank earn 20% less.
Anthony Joshua will not take knee but announces black British culture project.
MOBO‘s and Accenture announced a partnership to provide career opportunities for black talent in the creative industries.
Barack Obama shares his approach for making tough decisions.
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