Amid the COVID-1 9 pandemic, the tech industry has yet again knew itself in a prone state.
As we find in the dot-com era, when the economy takes a thumped, so do firms, and the work requires prepare critical decisions — whether it’s laying off or furloughing hires, interrupting activities in adopt sells, taking on added debt or some combination of all four.
Given the disproportionate effect the coronavirus has on people of color and low-income societies, the tech manufacture — a primarily lily-white male ecosystem that fights to foster diversity and inclusion — has an opportunity to approach this new reality through an equitable lens.
As part of Extra Crunch Live, our brand-new virtual speaker streaks with trusted tech experts, I’ll talk to Kapor Capital’s Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor on Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a. m. Pacific/ 1 p.m. Eastern. Full details are at the bottom of this post.
Freada Kapor Klein, a founding partner at Kapor Capital, has advocated for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry for more than a decade. Through Kapor Capital, she be invested in startups focused on social impact and closing gaps for people of color, as well as kinfolks in low-income parishes. Kapor Klein is also a founding member of Project Include, which works to help benefactors and investors implement effective diversity and inclusion strategies.
Mitch Kapor, also a founding spouse at Kapor Capital, similarly invests in startups geared towards social good. Prior to Kapor Capital, he co-founded The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that protects digital rights and civil liberties. Together, Mitch and Freada also produce the Kapor Center for Social Impact to remove barriers in the area of education and in the workplace.
I’m looking forward to chit-chat with Freada and Mitch about how startups should approach this ever-changing brand-new reality, approaches for the assistance business eliminate injustices and significant differences and similarities between how the recent pandemic and the dot-com era are shaping the tech industry.
During the label, gathering members will be able to ask questions, but to join the conversation, you’ll need to be an Extra Crunch member — if you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up here.
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