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Jul 11, 2023
Commitment to the culture will always be the blueprint to success, and the journey of Black Tech Green Money is proof!
Jan 17, 2023
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
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
If you’re not too sure what DAO technology is and want to learn more on how it can help in your cryptocurrency journey, look no further – Black Tech Green Money might clear up some of those lingering questions. In the latest episode with AfroTech Brand Manager, Will Lucas, founder and CEO of DAO Labs Derrick ‘DT’ Thomas sheds light on everything one should know when it comes to starting a DAO and the importance of building a community within the Web3 space.
Apr 12, 2022
Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of present-day media moguls to get their hot takes on how you can find your way into brand deals, TV castings, and a PAID influencer/celebrity status? On the latest episode of Black Tech Green Money, AfroTech taps in with Ahmed Islam, CEO at Ten35, a full-service advertising company that leans into the culture, Michelle Ghee, CEO at Ebony / Jet, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, CEO at MediaCo, and Detavio Samuels, CEO at REVOLT. This conversation was recorded at the inaugural AfroTech Executive held in Los Angeles, CA.
Mar 30, 2022
You never know just how much impact documenting your journey could have on others. For Will Lucas, the phrase, “a life worth living is worth recording,” is one to live by as he believes that when you put in the work to share your own personal experiences, it can be valuable not only to yourself but a host of others that seek encouragement to keep going. “What too many of us think erroneously is that success is a destination, like one day you’re going to wake up and suddenly be successful,” said Lucas during the latest episode of AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money podcast. “So, if you wake up, you’re getting after it, every day you are successful. Every week, you squirrel away a hundred dollars to buy your first piece of real estate, you are successful every one of those weeks.” While goal setting can be both rewarding and tedious, Lucas breaks down why keeping a real track record of all of your wins, both big and small, can be rewarding in the long run.
Mar 22, 2022
As the worldwide web continues to evolve, so must the people using it! In the land of influencers and marketers, the resources to increase those coins are more available than ever thanks to the Internet. However, oftentimes creators aren’t privy to all of the benefits that this space has to offer. That’s why AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money podcast host Will Lucas caught up with Calaxy Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder Solo Ceesay during AfroTech Executive Miami. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech (@afro.tech) The two break down how Ceesay is using his platform to change the game for influencers and marketers with the help of the ever-evolving metaverse during the latest episode where he talks determining your value in Web 3.0. Check it out.
Mar 8, 2022
Years ago, when the question, “What’s in your wallet?” was posed, who would have thought the response might be “crypto.” On the latest episode of AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money (BTGM) podcast, host Will Lucas continues his path to uncovering all things cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). However, this time the main focus is figuring out the differences in certain cryptocurrency wallets and which one can give you more bang for your buck in regard to one’s preference of keeping things as easy as possible or ensuring that your information is secure.
Mar 1, 2022
It’s one thing to be immersed in the world of cryptocurrency and Web3 platforms, but to be self-taught and successful in the industry is worth a round (or two) of applause. During the latest episode of AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money (BTGM), host Will Lucas is joined by the self-taught crypto trader and Web3 enthusiast, Ashley Caines to discuss just how decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) work, governance structures, and token rewards along with what is to be expected at the highly anticipated AfroTech Executive conference in Miami this year. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech (@afro.tech) As a true mover and shaker in the space, Caines is using her expertise to fuel her passion for educating a nd mentoring Black women as it pertains to all things crypto, blockchain technology, and more.
Feb 22, 2022
With more technological advancements, comes greater responsibility — especially when it comes to the way the world views and spends money. It’s one thing to learn how to use the latest non-fungible token (NFT) craze and know the ways in which it operates, but it is a whole different story to learn how to not get caught up with the scams and flashy promises that could possibly come along with it. Will Lucas, the host of AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money (BTGM) podcast, continues to provide us with insight on how to properly navigate the world of NFTs. During the latest episode of BTGM, Lucas breaks down some of the most critical ideas as they pertain to NFT ownership.
Feb 15, 2022
Black people deserve more seats at the table in tech, and Sean Mendy is on a mission to make it possible! Sean Mendy is the co-founding partner of Concrete Rose, a company that invests financial and social capital into groundbreaking ventures led by underrepresented founders of color. They are also committed to founders who have demonstrated a solid commitment to creating inclusive cultures and building out diverse teams. Mendy’s journey is often unheard of as he grew up in Silicon Valley and is now taking his knowledge to help equip Black people with more access to positions in the tech space.
Jan 5, 2022
Technology can serve as a game-changer across various industries. But when it comes to sports, PlayVS CEO Delane Parnell knows firsthand that it can take things to a new level if used correctly. This week’s Black Tech Green Money episode is a blast from the past and features a conversation held with Parnell alongside Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun during AfroTech 2019. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech (@afro.tech)
Dec 21, 2021
Two days ago, I minted my first NFT. I’ve been increasingly enamored with the idea of both, collecting digital art, and the concept and implications of smart contracts over this past year. After doing a ton of research over the last couple of months, I decided I wasn’t going to really learn by sitting on the sidelines, I needed to get in. Either I was going to buy some NFTs, or I was going to make some. I could even do both! What kept me apprehensive about buying NFTs was the hype surrounding some of the ones we’ve all probably heard of, CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club . While learning, I found it difficult to decipher signal from noise as I both explored what I wanted to invest in, and learned how to actually buy something I wanted. I knew the Punks and Apes had value, but they were also tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure. There were cool things I found in price ranges I didn’t mind investing in, but being a newbie, I didn’t feel comfortable yet...
Dec 7, 2021
There are many myths about Silicon Valley, but AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money is here to get to the bottom of it. As the founding managing partner of Plexo Capital, an institutional investment firm that was incubated and spun out of Google Ventures (GV), Lo Toney knows what it means to be on both ends of the table, whether it’s being a venture capitalist (VC) or operating a startup. “There are a lot of similarities,” he said during the episode of Black Tech Green Money (BTGM) podcast. “We think about it all the time, both in terms of how we operate and communicate the message of Plexo Capital, but also what we look for in other early-stage firms in general partnerships that we want to invest into.” When it comes to what they’re looking for in a startup, he further explained that the market size, along with the problem that is solved, the solution and how it will fit into the overall competitive landscape are some of the key elements that encourage a VC to invest. “Most...
Nov 23, 2021