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StatusPRO Raises $5.2M Seed Round As It Aims To Continue Shaping The Industry Of Sports Technology

When it comes to sports and technology, StatusPRO not only gets it right but encourages others to see just how significant technology is to the sports industry and vice versa. As athletes, founders Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins and Troy Jones know the importance of using technology to make training more efficient for sports professionals across the nation. The company marries technology and sports by combining player data, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) to design a suite of training and gaming products. Now, they can continue to execute the vision for their company thanks to a $5.2 million seed round, according to a press release provided to AfroTech. Led by venture capital firms KB Partners and TitletownTech, the round also received additional backing from 49ers Enterprises, Greycoft, Haslam Sports Group, SC Holdings, Verizon Ventures, and a host of other celebrity investors. This is a huge milestone for both Hawkins and Jones. “The XR [AR and VR] market has seen...

Aug 13, 2021

Xbox's Melissa Boone Is Leveraging Data To Make Room For More People Who Look Like Her In The Gaming Industry

Xbox is continuing to make strides toward a more inclusive gaming community. Research reveals that people who identify as white make up 68 percent of the video game industry. Yet, there’s still 13 percent of that community that is made up of Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Pacific Islander, Indigenous people, and LGBTQ+ communities and Xbox wants to ensure that their content reflects all gamers. In honor of Pride Month, the gaming system is amplifying LGBTQIA+ voices within the industry by championing those who are committed to inclusion and breaking down barriers so that everyone can experience the joys of gaming. One of those voices happens to be Melissa Boone. Boone is a part of the team of behavioral scientists providing user feedback and insights to Xbox’s game development teams. Her role as a research manager on the Xbox Research & Design team allows her and the team to center the user experience around everything that the company develops. For Boone, representation is key in her...

Jun 28, 2021

Here's 4 Things to Expect From AfroTech World

One of the largest multicultural tech conferences in the U.S. — AfroTech World — has officially kicked off. Although things are a little different this year, we want you to know all of the amazing things you have to look forward to. It’s our way of bringing Black engineers, recruiters, venture capitalists, culture enthusiasts, and everything else under the sun right to your fingertips for the next week!   View this post on Instagram   #AfroTechWorld is only 3 DAYS AWAY and we’re hyped to have thousands of Black techies come together for a week jammed pack with gems, community, amazing panels, networking opportunities and more! ? ⠀ It’s not too late to join in on the festivities – cop your tickets TODAY via the #LinkInBio ? Can’t make it to a session? Catch the replays of all the AfroTech World speaking events on Lunchtable – a new community built for Black professionals and the official app for AfroTech World ?? // #LinkInBio A post shared by AfroTech ( on Nov 6, 2020 at...

Nov 9, 2020

PlayStation Welcomes Travis Scott as Company's New Creative Partner

Travis Scott has now joined the PlayStation team. On Friday (Oct. 23), the company shared a video created by the rapper to kick off the partnership. He will serve as their new strategic creative partner.   View this post on Instagram   Meet the gang ReBuilt a office at the topfloor in Japan To chef up ??? Starring @dozie.kanu chair. A post shared by flame (@travisscott) on Oct 23, 2020 at 11:09am PDT According to REVOLT , the video, captioned by the Houston native read: “Meet the gang. ReBuilt a office at the topfloor in Japan. To chef up Starring @dozie.kanu chair.” It also features a few of the key people who worked on different aspects of creating the new PlayStation 5 console. “I’m really looking forward to being able to showcase everything that Cactus Jack has worked on with Sony and the PlayStation team,” said the “Sicko Mode” rapper in a statement. “Most importantly I’m excited to see how the PlayStation fans and family respond, and I look forward to running some games with...

Oct 26, 2020

Sony Will Automatically Change Your PSN Name If It's Offensive

Last week, Sony announced it would be rolling out a new feature that allows users to change their PSN name — the ID that follows you throughout the Playstation gaming world — freely and openly. It’s a big step for Sony, since Microsoft allowed XBOX users to do it for years. While gamers are very excited about the change (not being bogged down to one name while you’re owning people in Overwatch is very exciting), there’s one issue. T he new feature has the potential to stir up one of the gaming world’s oldest problems: hate speech and offensive language. Sony recognizes the problems that allowing people to change their PSN names more frequently could bring, and the company is trying to get ahead of it. A company blog post last week outlined that any PSN names using racial slurs, profanity, or any other offensive language that breaks Sony’s terms of service would be automatically changed to “TempXXX.” This punishment is actually light, considering that Playstation used to ban people...

Apr 15, 2019