A sort of comprehensive overview of the things I’ve done and am currently doing.
Investing: Currently, I am a venture capital investor (and occasional angel). I am a Venture Partner at 500 Startups where I invest in and advise early stage companies across consumer tech, marketplaces, and government technology. Some of the companies I’ve invested in recently include: Blavity, Win-Win, Printivo, MailHaven, O.School, and Mented.
I expanded 500’s investments in Africa and led 50+ investors on our Geeks on a Plane trip to explore four of Africa’s emerging startup ecosystems.
I also act as advisor to new pre-seed funds, including Microtraction.com.
Entrepreneurshit™: In 2011, I co-founded Black Founders. We have been dedicated to increasing the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech, not just in Silicon Valley, but nationally — with programming in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and several HBCU campuses.
I also created Speak Chic – the mobile app that teaches you how to correctly pronounce fashion brands and helped you discover new brands. Speak Chic has been featured in numerous fashion publications including Harper’s Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle..
Government Tech & Civic Innovation: I was one of San Francisco’s first Mayor’s Innovation Fellows and spent a year in the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation where I worked on innovation projects around open data, municipal wi-fi, and civic engagement.
During my fellowship, I wrote the resolution on broadband and unlicensed spectrum which was adopted at the US Conference of Mayors and contributed to early strategy around municipal internet access and the availability of broadband in neighborhoods like Chinatown and Bayview.
I’ve consulted government agencies on civic innovation, workforce, building startup ecosystems and encouraging entrepreneurship.
Consumer Tech & Commerce: I’ve worked in consumer tech for more than 10 years and it’s probably my absolute favorite area to advise companies in. I have contributed to both product and marketing/growth and helped companies execute marketing strategy, launch new products, and align product positioning and messaging on web, mobile, and social. I’ve done stints in e-commerce, video-on-demand, and affiliate marketing.
Media & Public Speaking: People seem to want to talk to me a lot about ‘diversity in tech’. I don’t mind talking about issues around diversity, but I consider diversity a byproduct of what I do, not the whole thing. I’ve spoken at SXSW, Dreamforce, Women 2.0, and been a mentor or judge for several hackathons. I’ve been interviewed around entrepreneurship and diversity for The Daily Beast, NPR, TheRoot, and Essence Magazine.
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Advisory: Women2.0, Microtraction.com, EveryoneOn.org, Hackers/Founders, and Startup Policy Lab