Name five tech founders that are black and female. Can you name one? Many people recognized this discrepancy in tech when the hashtag #SiliconValleySoWhite trended on Twitter. Is there a significant lack of black women in tech? Two black women innovators visit Bold TV to discuss Black Women Talk Tech and the shifting culture of the tech world. Regina Gwynn, co-founder of TresseNoire, and Esosa Ighodaro, co-founder of Nexstar, open up the dialogue around black women that are making billion-dollar opportunities across the country.
It’s not about having a small number of black women in the industry; it’s more about the recognition they receive. Most people don’t know the great number of black, female innovators that exist. Black women are the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the country and have the highest education levels. Julia Collins, co-founder of Zume Pizza, received a million-dollar investment at the origin of her startup. Her company ended up being valued at over $1 billion; she is a black woman. Success stories of this kind are encouraging other women of color to continue pursuing this recognition for their ideas.
Success is when preparation meets opportunity. Black women are educated, but they are searching for opportunity. Yes, these entrepreneurs must still put in hard work, and there are universal challenges to starting a business. But they have a voice that the market desires. Who better to know what innovation a black woman needs than someone who shares her experience? This demographic wants people to know that they are changing the industry. They have learned that culture is malleable and redeemable; there’s no going back now. Check out the video to hear about Gwynn and Ighodaro’s conference, Black Women Talk Tech.