During the Industrial Revolution the movements that changed society, not just in trade and business but also in how we live our everyday lives, focused on solving infrastructure problems. There are a ton of different ways this is happening again with technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. You can setup a server with a few strokes of a keyboard or get an app into the hands of millions by publishing to an app store. But for communities of color how does this affect us, if it does at all?
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In March of 2018 I decided that the upcoming accelerator would be my last. It had been 7 years and NewME had already become, and made far more impact, than I had ever imagined. It started out as a project that took on a life of it’s own that I had to develop into a self-sustaining business. I learned a lot of life lessons but most importantly I learned a lot of business lessons from that process. I’m proud of the path we paved but, in 2018, looking at the landscape of activity around black tech the work seemed duplicative.
When I got the all clear from my Oncologist in the Fall of 2016 that I was cancer-free I had to regroup. I had so many questions after facing what can be a terminal disease for so many. What did I want to do with my life? What was my real purpose? And, most importantly - a question that we all overlook and take for granted: How was I going to spend the time that I had left? I’ll admit, even though I had accomplished so much up to that point it felt like I was starting over. Through my cancer experience I had gained so much perspective on life, new hobbies, and new ways of living like veganism. Having a successful life no longer meant just doing well in business. I wanted to be deliberate and mindful about building a new life, post cancer… a new me if you will. If you follow me on social media…..