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Meet Jasmine Crowe, The Woman Behind Gunna's Free Grocery Store Who's Ensuring 'Everybody Eats'

When working toward tackling a national epidemic, the status quo has to be turned upside down and Goodr — an Atlanta-based food waste startup — thrives on creating tech innovations that disrupts the traditional way of solving hunger. Last month, CEO Jasmine Crowe and her team opened their first-ever free in-school grocery and clothing store at McNair Middle School in College Park, GA. As previously reported by AfroTech, Goodr teamed up with Gunna, Foot Locker and Reebok for Gunna’s Drip Closet — free of charge for students — for the Atlanta rapper’s childhood school. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jasmine Crowe-Houston (@jasminecrowe) The founder isn’t letting up this year just yet when it comes to battling food insecurity. With hopes to pass her mission on to today’s generation and ones to follow, Crowe decided to create and self-publish her first children’s book, “Everybody Eats,” to teach the youth about reducing food waste and fighting hunger. “I decided to...

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 12, 2021

Tristan Walker Explains Why His Decision to Exit Silicon Valley Was Bigger Than Him

Startup expert and business mogul, Tristan Walker started his entrepreneurial career in Silicon Valley in 2009. As the head of business for the tech company, FourSquare, he propelled the company to new heights by securing 300 merchant partnerships with brands like American Express and BravoTV. He then went on to launch his own brand, Walker & Co. , where he focuses on providing grooming products for people of color. In the midst of his success, Walker decided to leave the diversity lacking tech hub of Silicon Valley and move south to Atlanta, Georgia. After Walker & Co. merged with Procter & Gamble in 2018, Walker felt it was time to move his brand and his family to an area that would foster a more conducive environment for a successful Black business and afford more opportunities for his family. “It was important for us to be in a place that’s more diverse than the places that we were,” Walker told NBC News . The lack of opportunities for Black tech professionals in Silicon Valley...

Devin Crudup

Mar 8, 2020

How Colour is Using Tech to Become the Uber of Haircare for Women of Color

It’s no secret Atlanta’s hair scene has been booming for decades. Now Debra Shigley, the founder of Colour, is taking a dive into the industry with her app. Colour is a “beauty concierge” service that allows users to schedule hair and makeup appointments through its platform. According to a 2018 report by Mordor Intelligence, the haircare and beauty industry hit $95.45 billion last year, and is expected to reach $116 billion by 2024. Shigley calls her app the “Uber for hair” because the app pairs users with hairstylists. Users choose from a list of services they want including specific hairstyles, color treatments, and children services. Clients are then matched with a stylist who is in the area and available to complete the work. Colour is geared towards women of color; however, stylists are trained to work on all hair textures and curl patterns. Clients pay their stylists through the app once their services are completed. “Black women have this inability to move about the world...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 28, 2019

These Are The Top Cities Where Minority Businesses Thrive

Minority-led businesses are thriving in California, according to a recent report from Lending Tree . Four California cities (San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Sacramento) made it to the top 10 list of cities for minority-owned businesses. Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, which both have significant African American populations, were ranked third and ninth on the top 10 list, respectively. Photo: Lending Tree The Midwest is one of the worst regions for minority-owned businesses. Some of the region’s top cities including Cleveland, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Detroit made their way to the bottom of the list. St. Louis came in the last place for the list of 50 cities. The report cites unregulated suburban development and discriminatory housing practices as factors for its dismal rates in long-term success for minority-owned businesses. Only 27.3 percent of these businesses last more than six years. Here’s Lending Tree’s full list of cities where minority-led businesses are succeeding.

Arriana McLymore

Jan 17, 2019

This Tech Startup Wants To Make Sure People of Color See Themselves In Greeting Cards

Culture Greetings is making greeting cards more inclusive with diverse images and themes that speak to communities of color. The online greeting card startup was founded by tech entrepreneur and business psychologist, Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, who saw a need to create culturally relevant greeting cards that can’t be found in stores. “It’s important for us to be able to see ourselves in products,” Mahaffey said. “Something bearing an image of us with sayings that are specific to us as a people.” Culture Greetings is innovating the slow and antiquated process of searching for the perfect card in the store and making it easier for people to create and send a greeting card to anyone in the U.S. According to the American Greeting Card Association, the average American sends 25 to 30 cards each year, with the most popular being birthday cards. The act of sending someone a greeting card is still meaningful, but now Culture Greetings is giving users the ability to customize cards catered to...

Jenna Chambers

Dec 28, 2018

Paul Judge's Pindrop Raises $90 Million In New Funding

Pindrop, a voice security and authentication startup, announced Wednesday that it closed a $90 million Series D funding round. The Atlanta-based company is set to expand globally to provide additional products and partnerships with telecommunications companies. Allegion Ventures, Cross Creek, Dimension Data, Singapore-based EDBI, and Goldman Sachs contributed to the funding round. “At Pindrop, we are bringing trust and security into voice-based interactions to enable the evolution of voice as the next computer interface,” said Executive Chairman and Cofounder of Pindrop Dr. Paul Judge said in a press release.  “This investment allows Pindrop to grow globally and expand into securing voice-based IoT devices.” Pindrop isn’t Judge’s first rodeo —t he Morehouse alum co-founded two other startups before creating his latest company in 2011. Judge also co-founded consumer WiFi company LumaHome, which was acquired earlier this year and web security company Purewire, which was acquired in...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 5, 2018