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The Plug Says Farewell After A 7-Year Run — 'We're Closing Our Doors, But Never Abandoning Our Convictions'

A staple in the tech community has said farewell. On March 15, founder Sherrell Dorsey announced that The Plug has closed its doors.

Mar 16, 2023

From ‘Billionaire Boys’ To Veteran CEOs, Inaugural AfroTech Executive Gathered Some Of Tech’s Biggest Power Players

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know there’s been a diversity, equity and inclusion problem going on in tech for quite some time now, and not addressing it is not going to make it go away. With the inaugural AfroTech Executive — held on Aug. 28, 2021 — AfroTech and Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun did the opposite. Instead of ignoring the problem and failing to address it, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, AfroTech brought together some of tech’s biggest power players in one room to discuss how to move the needle. From venture capitalists and angel investors to startup founders and tech moguls, and of course, corporate executives like EBONY and JET CEO Michele Ghee, AfroTech Executive made sure everyone was in the room to talk about how how to progress as a collective. Basically, in the words of Ghee, a diversity, equity and inclusion champion herself, we could preach to the “choir all day” long amongst ourselves, but we cannot accomplish anything alone. “It’s important...

Sep 2, 2021

Black Tech Green Money Ep 7: Sherrell Dorsey's Tips For Building A Profitable Business Model

On episode 7 of AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money podcast, host Will Lucas sits down with data journalist, social entrepreneur, and speaker, Sherrell Dorsey, to discuss The Plug — a daily news and insights newsletter created to cover Black innovators in tech, venture capital, future of work policy, and more. Sherrell Dorsey “Are people interested in this?” That’s what Dorsey asked herself when she launched The Plug in 2016. She created the platform during a time when many tech and business news outlets failed to report insights from businesses and technologists hailing from communities of color. “I wanted to be solid in what I was creating, first,” Dorsey explains while discussing the early process of creating The Plug and the significance of early testing and adapting. “You kind of mature the idea and you, as a leader, as a practitioner, you’re maturing as well.” @sherrell_dorsey Instagram The Seattle native also discusses the importance of Black people being able to collect and...

Jul 21, 2020