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Blake Stanton's Quiktract App Eases Money Conversations & Makes Freelance Projects A Breeze

If you do any type of freelance or contract work, this millennial just made your life a whole lot easier! As a football star turned tech guru, Blake Stanton is the visionary behind the Quiktract app, designed to give his peers a safe space while they’re sitting among corporate tables. The enterprise venture app was created specifically with entrepreneurs in mind as it allows freelancers the opportunity to connect, create amenable contracts, and secure payments all in one place. Since 2019, the app has combined the ease of a marketplace with the lead, contract, and payment tools that entrepreneurs need to easily manage their work. It offers a layer of protection for both freelancers and service providers as they work together on various projects.

Nov 26, 2021

MaC Venture Capital Raises a $110M Inaugural Fund to Invest in Visionary Tech Leaders Building the Future

Seed-stage VC firm MaC Venture Capital is on a mission to invest in today’s visionary tech founders and startups that are creating cultural trends to build a better tomorrow. To support this mission, the majority Black-owned firm has announced that it’s just closed on its $110 million inaugural seed fund. According to an announcement shared with AfroTech, MaC Venture Capital designed this fund to back seed-stage tech startups across several different business sectors — including fintech, e-commerce and marketplaces, interactive media, connectivity, enterprise SaaS, space and aerospace, logistics, and more — that are leveraging shifts in culture and behavior. Limited partners for the fund include Foot Locker, Inc., Goldman Sachs, Greenspring Associates, Bank of America, Howard University, MacArthur Foundation, the University of Michigan, State of Michigan Retirement System, and Mitch and Freada Kapor, among many others. MaC Venture Capital — made up of founding general partners...

Mar 25, 2021

Apple Introduces Inaugural Cohort of Black Founders and Developers For Tech Entrepreneur Camp

As part of Apple’s ongoing commitment to Black communities and creating opportunities for aspiring business leaders, the tech giant has announced a cohort of Black founders and developers for its latest Entrepreneur Camp. A recent blog post shares that Apple’s Entrepreneur Camp is welcoming a class of founders and their teams from 13 different app-driven companies to join its newly-launched program. Chosen participants for the program include: David Bosun-Arebuwa (B3am) Adam Taylor (Black) Cedric J. Rogers and Shaun Newsum (Cultural Genesis/ Bar Exam) Abdou Sarr (Film3D) Brent Brinkley (FormKey) Lybron Sobers (Health Auto Export) Casey Pollock (Hologarden) Ailton Vieira, Gabriel Taques, Maykon Meneghel, Mariana Lech, and Rodolfo Diniz (Hubli) Quintin Rodriguez-Harrison (Justice Royale) David Alston (Kickstroid) Aurelia Edwards (Nailstry) Ashley McKoy, Harold Lomotey, and Ositanachi Otugo (The Peek: TV Shows and Movies) Matt Garrison (TuneBend) The inaugural program — which is...

Feb 17, 2021

Square One Startup School Looks to Transform Founders' Ideas Into the Next Biggest Tech Innovations

Almost this time last year, tech expert Justin McLeod — founder of his socially-driven marketing consultancy Surthrive — was busy launching the Square One Startup School to bring more diversity into the tech industry and generate more wealth for Black communities. Now, the program is entering the commencement of its third cohort searching for passionate startup founders hoping to transform their ideas into the next biggest profitable tech company. Following the pandemic’s massive impact on the structure of working from home, the tech world has found itself in a unique position to break geographical boundaries and allow more access to opportunities that would’ve been impossible to attain without occupying major tech hubs in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. The Square One Startup School is contributing to this new infrastructure by offering individuals equal access to information and resources to help them build successful tech startup companies, regardless of their geographical...

Jan 25, 2021

Former BET Networks President and Tech Founders Launch New Social Media Platform For BIPOC

Social networks have quickly become our saving grace in the pandemic during a time where people are trying their best to stay connected while safely social distancing. For communities all over, mainly the BIPOC community, a tech company has launched a new social media platform with an overarching goal to unify people during this hectic time. RepItSocial, which is the same name as the tech company, is a revolutionary social media app that is poised to become the central hub for all things BIPOC, according to a press release. Courtesy of RepItSocial RepItSocial — developed by co-founders D’Oyen and Azalaya Fraser, and former BET Networks president Jefferi K. Lee  — is described as “the new face of social media that represents the voice, energy and true diversity of this new generation. It is the premium platform for entertainment, empowerment and unification of all things BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color),” a press release shares. Similar to the melting pot that is America,...

Nov 27, 2020

DJ Khaled, Miguel, & More Are Using This Black Founder's App That Makes Streaming Accessible to All

Advanced and innovative practices in the tech space continue to shape the future of the entertainment industry. As brands cash in on the trends creating new entertainment experiences, more tech companies are emerging to set the standard. #BeApp — a new digital platform that allows users to livestream their favorite music artists and concerts — is striving to create inclusive ways for the average person to access various forms of entertainment, no matter where they’re located. Courtesy of #BeApp Founder Ray Smith — a West Philadelphia native who’s worked in the livestream space for over 15 years — realized at a young age that his access to big-ticket concerts and festivals was limited. Now, he’s created #BeApp to democratize a simpler way to bring people real-life entertainment experiences on their devices. “The inspiration is really born out of a lack of being able to access entertainment,” said Smith. “We’re using the power of the web to connect people with music when there is no...

Sep 28, 2020

7 Black Women Tech Founders Shifting the Culture

It can’t be said enough: Black women are leading the charge in entrepreneurship. Access to capital is still extremely low, but Black female founders are maintaining successful startups through continuous hard work and innovation, especially in tech. From Silicon Valley to tech’s newest mecca, Atlanta , Black women are using a wide range of technology to shift the culture across all industries — beauty, health, food, agriculture, economy, you name it. In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are seven Black women founders spreading their magic to make a difference in and through tech. Jessica Matthews, Uncharted Power Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon The self-proclaimed mashup of Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beyoncé, Jessica Matthews founded renewable energy startup Uncharted Power in 2011. The smart tech company addresses the generation, transmission and storage of power in underserved communities. In March 2020, Los Angeles Lakers legend and business magnate Magic...

Mar 5, 2020