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The world of technology has long been dominated by a certain demographic, but there are many Black entrepreneurs who are breaking barriers and leading the way. These innovators are using their expertise and creativity to build the future, with a focus on developing solutions that benefit all members of society. Here are five Black tech founders who are paving the way for a brighter tomorrow.
Jewel Burks Solomon, Partpic
Jewel Burks Solomon is the founder of Partpic, a visual search company that simplifies the process of finding and ordering industrial parts. Solomon came up with the idea for Partpic after experiencing frustration with trying to find replacement parts for her broken cell phone. In 2016, Partpic was acquired by Amazon, and Solomon became the Head of Startups for Amazon’s Alexa Fund. She also founded the Black in Tech Conference, which is dedicated to increasing diversity in the technology industry.
Felecia Hatcher, Code Fever
Felecia Hatcher is the founder of Code Fever, a Miami-based organization that teaches children and young adults how to code, and provides them with the resources they need to pursue careers in technology. Hatcher has been recognized as one of the top Black founders in the country, and has won numerous awards for her work. She is also the author of multiple books, including “Start Your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget,” which provides tips and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Jessica Matthews, Uncharted Power
Jessica Matthews is the founder of Uncharted Power, a company that creates sustainable infrastructure solutions for communities around the world. Uncharted Power’s flagship product is the SOCCKET, a soccer ball that generates electricity when it is kicked around. Matthews has been featured in numerous publications and has won several awards, including the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Brian Brackeen, Kairos
Brian Brackeen is the founder of Kairos, a facial recognition software company that is focused on ethical and responsible use of the technology. Brackeen has been a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in the technology industry, and has written extensively on the subject. He has also been recognized as one of the top Black founders in the country, and has received several awards for his work.
Kristina Jones, Court Buddy
Kristina Jones is the founder of Court Buddy, a legal services company that connects clients with affordable lawyers. Jones came up with the idea for Court Buddy after experiencing difficulties finding a lawyer who would take her case. She realized that many people were facing similar challenges, and set out to create a platform that would make legal services more accessible. Court Buddy has been featured in numerous publications, and Jones has won several awards for her work.
These Black tech founders are proof that innovation and creativity know no boundaries. They are using their skills and knowledge to create solutions that address real-world problems, and are inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. By supporting and promoting diverse voices in the tech industry, we can create a more equitable and inclusive future for all.
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