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A New $500K Accelerator For Black Founders Opens In Brooklyn
The Passion of Christian Hip-Hop Entrepreneur James Rousseaus
James Rosseau was one of the first evangelists of Christian hip hop. After 13 years of growing his Holy Culture Radio (HCR) entertainment channel, it now streams out of Wilmington, Delaware, showcasing the unique sounds of Christian hip hop artists like Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, and A.I. the Anomaly.
Venture Spotlight: $3.2B Advantage Capital Looks To Invest Even Deeper In Overlooked Communities
“After the civil unrest – my partners were very quiet,” said chief impact officer Sandra Moore, the only black woman partner at Advantage Capital. “I didn’t realize they were waiting for me, the only woman and person of color, to weigh in,” she said.
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How A Black Founder From Pittsburgh Turne Pitching into a Winner’s Game
Jim Gibbs, co-founder of Meter Feeder, started to ask himself why he was begging venture capitalists, when he was the one making them money.
A New Manufacturing Boom Is Coming To Pittsburgh
News With A Future Spin
Twitter’s dying chirps? MIT Tech Review reports Twitter employees say they fear the platform will only last for weeks as employees quit, revolting against Musk’s “hardcore” dictum. This is a paywall story, but all you need to know was contained in the sentence above. People do always overestimate their own importance to an organization, but then, most bosses overestimate how smart they are. The bigger question: If Twitter died, would that be a good thing? Read the story here.
Demon River. Courtesy of Long Reads, a piece about how an “atmospheric river” brought flooding to British Columbia. This is also a story about why science should sometimes bow to narrative – because narrative is what moves people. Read the piece here.
Living the dream
From Reid Hoffman’s take on what works at events from his Masters of Scale Summit, posted on LinkedIn:
- For panel moderation: Ask one panelist the question, and then ask the other two panelists to comment on the first panelist’s answer, rather than the original question.
- At a session: Open by asking participants to “talk with the person sitting next to you, and begin with the statement, ‘You would know me better if…’”
Made in America: Here’s a secret of traveling in the south: Because artists’ costs of living are lower, the artists and makers’ markets feature less expensive items. Here’s one maker at the Soda City market in South Carolina: Modern Companion, which creates matching pet-human scarves. You will be the envy of the dog-walking circuit.
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