AFROTECH

Nov 10th and 11th, 2017 | San Francisco

Speakers


Emeka Anen Emeka C Anen is the CEO & Co-founder of THRONE based in Los Angeles, California. THRONE is a company focused on building technology tools in order to enhance the consumer experience for the often overlooked, yet massive, sneaker and streetwear community. THRONE’s community has rapidly grown to over 350,000 members. THRONE has successfully raised venture capital funding from notable investors including DreamIt Ventures, Comcast Ventures, The Atom Factory and more.

Emeka Anen

Emeka C Anen is the CEO & Co-founder of THRONE based in Los Angeles, California. THRONE is a company focused on building technology tools in order to enhance the consumer experience for the often overlooked, yet massive, sneaker and streetwear community.

THRONE’s community has rapidly grown to over 350,000 members. THRONE has successfully raised venture capital funding from notable investors including DreamIt Ventures, Comcast Ventures, The Atom Factory and more.

Porter Braswell Porter Braswell is CEO and cofounder of Jopwell, the diversity recruitment platform connecting Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American professionals and students to top jobs and internships. Named among INC magazine’s “30 Under 30 Most Dynamic Young Founders In America” in 2016, Braswell began his career on the foreign exchange sales desk at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where he met Jopwell cofounder Ryan Williams. Braswell graduated from Yale University and is the author of Yes, You Can - The Secrets Revealed for How to Get into and Succeed at America's Top Universities.

Porter Braswell

Porter Braswell is CEO and cofounder of Jopwell, the diversity recruitment platform connecting Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American professionals and students to top jobs and internships. Named among INC magazine’s “30 Under 30 Most Dynamic Young Founders In America” in 2016, Braswell began his career on the foreign exchange sales desk at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where he met Jopwell cofounder Ryan Williams.

Braswell graduated from Yale University and is the author of Yes, You Can - The Secrets Revealed for How to Get into and Succeed at America's Top Universities.

Erica Joy Baker Erica Joy Baker is a Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies Inc, and a leader in moving forward Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Industry. Erica's career in tech began fifteen years ago, doing tech support for the University of Alaska before becoming a Googler in 2006. She joined Slack in 2015. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, is on the Advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.

Erica Joy Baker

Erica Joy Baker is a Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies Inc, and a leader in moving forward Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Industry. Erica's career in tech began fifteen years ago, doing tech support for the University of Alaska before becoming a Googler in 2006. She joined Slack in 2015.

Erica is a founding member of Project Include, is on the Advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.


Quinta B Quinta Brunson is a Philadelphia native. She started studying comedy at The Second City in Chicago at the age of 17, and has continued moving forward with the craft ever since. She is currently an actress and comedienne.

Quinta B

Quinta Brunson is a Philadelphia native. She started studying comedy at The Second City in Chicago at the age of 17, and has continued moving forward with the craft ever since.

She is currently an actress and comedienne.


Lance Coleman Lance Coleman is a social weaver. He has helped grow brands and networks like Zoo Labs, Lil Wayne, and Common. He also serves as venture advisor at Binary Capital.  

Lance Coleman

Lance Coleman is a social weaver. He has helped grow brands and networks like Zoo Labs, Lil Wayne, and Common.

He also serves as venture advisor at Binary Capital.

 

Megan Rose Dickey Megan Rose Dickey is a reporter at TechCrunch focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice. She previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry.

Megan Rose Dickey

Megan Rose Dickey is a reporter at TechCrunch focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice.

She previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry.

Rashad Drakeford Rashad Drakeford is currently the Director of Content Development at REVOLT Media & TV. In this role, he leads the multi-platform network’s content development efforts, with a focus on the brand’s social media and digital content strategy, growth and development.

Rashad Drakeford

Rashad Drakeford is currently the Director of Content Development at REVOLT Media & TV.

In this role, he leads the multi-platform network’s content development efforts, with a focus on the brand’s social media and digital content strategy, growth and development.


Jessica O Matthews At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems. 

Jessica O Matthews

At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems. 

Jason Mayden Jason Mayden is a Designer/Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Accel Partners and lecturer at Stanford University's d.School. Prior to joining Accel and Stanford he spent 13+ years at Nike where he led and contributed to the creation of innovative sport performances products for athletes and cultural icons such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan. Since leaving Nike, he has worked with industry leading organizations, such as Pixar, Google, Disney, LinkedIn Pinterest and Apple to help develop strategies focused on building and scaling diverse and inclusive creative organizations.

Jason Mayden

Jason Mayden is a Designer/Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Accel Partners and lecturer at Stanford University's d.School. Prior to joining Accel and Stanford he spent 13+ years at Nike where he led and contributed to the creation of innovative sport performances products for athletes and cultural icons such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan.

Since leaving Nike, he has worked with industry leading organizations, such as Pixar, Google, Disney, LinkedIn Pinterest and Apple to help develop strategies focused on building and scaling diverse and inclusive creative organizations.

Frederick Hutson Founder and CEO of Pigeonly, a platform that identifies and organizes data on the incarcerated - The world's first Inmate API. "I launched and sold my first business at the age of 19 while on active duty in the Air Force. My love for business (and solving problems) continued when, at 21, I saw my friends' business struggling and found a solution — a more efficient way to traffic marijuana. During a 4-year prison sentence a new idea surfaced, to affect the lives of people no one else was paying attention to - inmates - and Pigeonly was born.

Frederick Hutson

Founder and CEO of Pigeonly, a platform that identifies and organizes data on the incarcerated - The world's first Inmate API.


"I launched and sold my first business at the age of 19 while on active duty in the Air Force. My love for business (and solving problems) continued when, at 21, I saw my friends' business struggling and found a solution — a more efficient way to traffic marijuana. During a 4-year prison sentence a new idea surfaced, to affect the lives of people no one else was paying attention to - inmates - and Pigeonly was born.


Ben Silbermann Ben (@8en) is the Co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, the world's catalog of ideas, where he helps 100M+ people discover and do the things they love. He oversees the product and a company of more than 800 in offices around the globe. Ben graduated from Yale and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.  

Ben Silbermann

Ben (@8en) is the Co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, the world's catalog of ideas, where he helps 100M+ people discover and do the things they love. He oversees the product and a company of more than 800 in offices around the globe. Ben graduated from Yale and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

 



Tara Reed Tech Entrepreneur. CEO of Kollecto & AppsWithoutCode.com. Tara likes to build apps without writing any code & teaches others to do the same. Ex Googler, Foursquarer, Microsoftie, & 500 Startups alum

Tara Reed

Tech Entrepreneur. CEO of Kollecto & AppsWithoutCode.com. Tara likes to build apps without writing any code & teaches others to do the same. Ex Googler, Foursquarer, Microsoftie, & 500 Startups alum

Ama Marfo Ama is the Cofounder and CEO of Airfordable - a Y-Combinator backed company that allows anyone to book flights for a deposit upfront and the rest in installments before their departure date. 

Ama Marfo

Ama is the Cofounder and CEO of Airfordable - a Y-Combinator backed company that allows anyone to book flights for a deposit upfront and the rest in installments before their departure date. 

Nicholas Richards Nicholas is the founder of ROHO, the best place to get free religious content online, www.roho.io Every month over a quarter million sermons are watched on ROHO. Before ROHO, he spent 8yrs as the Assistant Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in NYC. Nicholas has degrees from Morehouse, University of Cape Town and Union Theological Seminary.

Nicholas Richards

Nicholas is the founder of ROHO, the best place to get free religious content online, www.roho.io Every month over a quarter million sermons are watched on ROHO.

Before ROHO, he spent 8yrs as the Assistant Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in NYC. Nicholas has degrees from Morehouse, University of Cape Town and Union Theological Seminary.


Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Mandela Schumacher-Hodge began her career in tech as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12. Thereafter, she became the Global Director of Startup Weekend Education where she scaled the organization from three to six continents, making it the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. In October 2015, Mandela joined Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based venture capital firm, as its founding Portfolio Services Director where she helps accelerate the success of 117+ tech startups in the portfolio.

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge began her career in tech as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12. Thereafter, she became the Global Director of Startup Weekend Education where she scaled the organization from three to six continents, making it the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education.

In October 2015, Mandela joined Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based venture capital firm, as its founding Portfolio Services Director where she helps accelerate the success of 117+ tech startups in the portfolio.

Jason Towns "I work with cities, innovation labs, venture funds and incubators looking to create robust, inclusive startup ecosystems. I most recently led the CODE2040 + Google for Entrepreneurs #NextWave initiative to create access to capital, advisors and other resources for early stage startup founders. I believe in the power of people. I'm passionate about startups, entrepreneurship, metrics driven impact, innovation, diversity, art and music."  

Jason Towns

"I work with cities, innovation labs, venture funds and incubators looking to create robust, inclusive startup ecosystems.

I most recently led the CODE2040 + Google for Entrepreneurs #NextWave initiative to create access to capital, advisors and other resources for early stage startup founders.

I believe in the power of people. I'm passionate about startups, entrepreneurship, metrics driven impact, innovation, diversity, art and music."

 

Everette Taylor Everette Taylor currently serves as VP of Marketing at Skurt – the mobility company which delivers cars on-demand. Taylor started in marketing at the age of 14 and sold his first company by the age of 21. He founded the digital marketing firm MilliSense where he served as CEO, co-founded GrowthHackers where he served as VP of Growth, and recently founded the company GrowthPup - an Instagram marketing tool. His work also includes serving as CMO of the e-commerce company Sticker Mule, leading marketing at Qualaroo which was acquired by Xenon Ventures, and serving as an advisor to We Are Onyx - a beauty box subscription service for black women.

Everette Taylor

Everette Taylor currently serves as VP of Marketing at Skurt – the mobility company which delivers cars on-demand. Taylor started in marketing at the age of 14 and sold his first company by the age of 21. He founded the digital marketing firm MilliSense where he served as CEO, co-founded GrowthHackers where he served as VP of Growth, and recently founded the company GrowthPup - an Instagram marketing tool.

His work also includes serving as CMO of the e-commerce company Sticker Mule, leading marketing at Qualaroo which was acquired by Xenon Ventures, and serving as an advisor to We Are Onyx - a beauty box subscription service for black women.


Rodney Williams Rodney Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of LISNR, leads one of the most disruptive companies in the IoT space and the world of mobile connectivity. He is the 2016 Black Enterprise Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and has also been honored by Ad Age's Top 40 under 40 and the Upstart100.  Prior to LISNR, Rodney spent over four years at Procter & Gamble as a brand manager, known as the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. He is also a former Lockheed Martin and Department of Energy disruptor. Rodney achieved those honors after earning four degrees by the age of 24, including an MBA and Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from Howard University.

Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of LISNR, leads one of the most disruptive companies in the IoT space and the world of mobile connectivity. He is the 2016 Black Enterprise Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and has also been honored by Ad Age's Top 40 under 40 and the Upstart100. 

Prior to LISNR, Rodney spent over four years at Procter & Gamble as a brand manager, known as the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. He is also a former Lockheed Martin and Department of Energy disruptor. Rodney achieved those honors after earning four degrees by the age of 24, including an MBA and Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from Howard University.


Brian Watson Senior project manager at VSCO. VSCO (Visual Supply Company) is an art and technology company empowering people everywhere to create, discover, and connect.

Brian Watson

Senior project manager at VSCO.

VSCO (Visual Supply Company) is an art and technology company empowering people everywhere to create, discover, and connect.

David King An industry expert with more than ten years of experience leading the strategic vision and promotion of diversity and inclusion (D&I) at complex global organizations, David joined Airbnb in 2016 as the company’s first Director of Diversity and Belonging. Prior to joining Airbnb, David served as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity for the Peace Corps. 

David King

An industry expert with more than ten years of experience leading the strategic vision and promotion of diversity and inclusion (D&I) at complex global organizations, David joined Airbnb in 2016 as the company’s first Director of Diversity and Belonging. Prior to joining Airbnb, David served as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity for the Peace Corps. 

Zim Ugochukwu Zim is the founder & CEO of Travel Noire. She is an avid photographer, visual storyteller, classically trained pianist, junk foodie, vegetarian, and occasional building climbe

Zim Ugochukwu

Zim is the founder & CEO of Travel Noire. She is an avid photographer, visual storyteller, classically trained pianist, junk foodie, vegetarian, and occasional building climbe

 
 
 

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