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Fanbase Has Kicked Off A $17M Equity Crowdfunding Campaign After Raising Over $10M From 3 StartEngine Campaigns

Fanbase is on a mission to get creators paid, and the company’s latest news is proof. According to information shared with AFROTECH™, the social media platform has officially reached its $10 million equity crowdfunding goal. It’s a historic feat as Fanbase Founder Isaac Hayes III is now reportedly the first Black man in history to raise this amount of money in a seed funding round on StartEngine in a Regulation Crowdfunding campaign. “We have a plan, and we’re going to be able to scale and build the business in real-time without having to stop and start and stop and start,” Hayes told Will Lucas on “Black Tech Green Money” podcast. “This is a scale-up opportunity because there are so many things that people want out of Fanbase, and I myself do not like to not be able to deliver on what I want to give to the community.” He added, “This raise is definitely putting us in a position to not only catch up to the current apps that are out there but surpass them because of my understanding...

May 8, 2024

Lockerverse Equips Diverse Creators And Athletes To Build Wealth By Selling Assets On The Blockchain

Three founders combined their backgrounds to launch an innovative technology platform that’s attracting the likes of Savannah and Bronny James.

Apr 3, 2023

Angela Yee Recalls Outsiders Calling Her 'Crazy' After Declining A Lowball Offer From Hot 97

For 12 years, Angela Yee was known as one of the faces of iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club. However, in August 2022, the radio veteran announced her departure from the popular radio show, CNN reported. After years in the making, Yee said farewell to launch her radio show, Way Up with Angela Yee.

Mar 14, 2023

NFT Strategist And Saint Rock Media Founder Kalah Haley Believes 'Cryptocurrency Is Not Going Anywhere'

As the buzz around cryptocurrency continues, one leader in the industry has opened up about why she believes it is here to stay.

Feb 7, 2023

These Founders Launched A Moving Company With $3K That Turned Into The Popular Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria

A wise woman once said, “If at first, you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” And while the late Aaliyah was hinting at an exchange between her and a potential suitor, the same applies when it comes to shooting your shot as an entrepreneur — just ask the founders of Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria.

Jan 31, 2023

Black Tech Green Money Podcast Scores Its First NAACP Image Awards Nomination

Commitment to the culture will always be the blueprint to success, and the journey of Black Tech Green Money is proof!

Jan 17, 2023

W3 Sports' Julian Aiken And NBA's Terance Mann Tap Into Vulnerability To Make Revenue-Generating Content In The Metaverse

There is so much space and opportunity for today’s generation of athletes to allow their talent to open massive doors for them. For current Los Angeles Clippers player, Terance Mann, leveraging the world of web3 is taking his basketball talents to the next level. He initially wanted to learn more about the space after not seeing a lot of people who looked like him. Using his own persona to connect with Clippers fans is one skill set that Mann believes can be beneficial to other players looking for opportunities when it comes to investing and life beyond just basketball. “When you’re walking around, moving around with agents, or within facilities, you can hear people talking about what [players] are doing off the court,” said Mann. “People are investing in different things, [and] people, you know, take life in through their social media.”

Aug 9, 2022

Former NFL Player Andrew Hawkins Says He's 'Seen Where A Sport Could Use Somebody Up' — Now, He's Changing The Narrative

There is more to being an athlete than just playing in a game. Andrew Hawkins, better known as “Hawk,” is a third-generation athlete. He has learned the mistakes made by previous professionals in the space and is using his unique journey to carve a path, not only for himself but for other athletes to come. Hawk has always approached sports from the business lens and as the co-founder of StatusPro, a sports and technology company combining data and augmented and virtual reality to provide a suite of training and gaming products, he is still using those wits to change the whole landscape of gaming for users across the nation.

Jul 6, 2022

Motley Fool Ventures' Ollen Douglass Breaks Down Some Keys To Venture Capital For Black Founders

If it’s one thing that Black founders know how to do, it’s make something out of nothing. During this week’s episode of Black Tech Green Money, viewers get a blast from the past from AfroTech World 2020 with Motley Fool Ventures Managing Partner Ollen Douglass. He gives insight on the keys to fundraising, trends in venture capital (VC) that founders who look like us need to tap into, and more. At Motley Fool, the underlying goal is to help people learn how to invest in the stock market to create generational wealth. “It’s really interesting in the sense that when you think about all the opportunities to create wealth, the stock market, I believe is probably the most democratized access by far,” he explained. “Ameritrade does not care what you look like and they don’t ask. Schwab doesn’t care. There are none of the barriers that you have when [you’re] just like [engaged in] real estate investing and someone has to sell you. I don’t have to call up Tim Cook to buy Apple.”

Jun 14, 2022

Matthew Finney Sheds Light On Algorithmic Bias And Why The World Needs More Black Data Scientists

When the algorithm runs everything around you, it’s important that the people behind it reflect you. Matthew Finney is a guru when it comes to all things surrounding the process or set of rules that calculate how humans navigate the world through technology. As a data scientist and strategy consultant at Harvard, he is responsible for developing AI decision systems that help large organizations make noise when it comes to some of their most challenging business and mission problems. He joined AfroTech’s Will Lucas to discuss how there is still bias when it comes to the algorithm and how having more people who look like us in the data science industry can move mountains for us in the long run.

Jun 8, 2022

Tristan Walker Breaks Down The Global Influence Of Black Culture On The Latest Episode Of Black Tech Green Money

It’s no secret that Black culture runs the world. We possess a secret sauce that is often replicated but can never be duplicated because no other culture in the world does it quite like we do. From fashion to music to food, Black culture is at the forefront of many industries. However, representation is not always up to par, especially when it comes to technology. This week, AfroTech’s Will Lucas is joined by Tristan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker & Company, which includes brands like Bevel and FORM that are specifically designed to meet both the health and beauty needs of people of color. No stranger to being a founder, Walker is also the board chairman and founder of CODE2040, the company that matches high-performing Black and Latinx graduate and undergraduate coders and software engineers to Silicon Valley startups for internships to jump-start their careers. During the Black Tech Green Money episode, Walker discusses the imprint he’s managed to make on Silicon Valley, the...

May 31, 2022

Tamar Blue Built MentalHappy To Bridge The Gap Between Tech And Mental Health

Just because one works in the tech space does not mean that their mental health should be neglected. In fact, when it all boils down, technology could take a huge toll on a person’s well-being — especially with social media ever-evolving into a place filled with how one’s life should look. This week, AfroTech’s Will Lucas was joined by Y Combinator alum and founder and CEO of MentalHappy, Tamar Blue, for an all-new episode of Black Tech Green Money. And for Blue, mental health and tech go hand-in-hand through her platform that aims to help individuals overcome life-altering events through professionally-led peer support groups.

May 24, 2022

Ursula Burns, The First Black Woman CEO In The Fortune 500, Details What It's Like To Serve On Various Boards

Working in corporate America is one thing, but serving as a board member across several corporations is another. Ursula Burns went from CEO of Xerox to sitting on various boards for companies including Boston Scientific, the University of Rochester, the MIT Corporation, American Express, Exxon Mobil, Uber, Waystar, and more. During her tenure at Xerox, Burns was the first Black woman to serve as a CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. For this week’s Black Tech Green Money episode, Burns sits down with Heather Hiles, the Managing Partner at Black Ops Ventures and the founder of  Pathbrite, during AfroTech Executive Brooklyn. The two discuss the new era of Women In The Boardroom and how to navigate your way into those rooms and claim a seat a the table.

May 3, 2022