From Intern To CTO – How This FAMU Grad Leads at NASA

March 21, 2017

Ray Gilstrap has always been interested in technology. As a boy, Ray would dismantle toys gifted to him just to see how they worked before putting them pack together. “My parents didn’t think it was cool.” Ray says.  “I was interested in finding out how stuff work. At some point, I found out there are […]

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This Howard Grad Skipped Law School and Landed Roles at Google and Pinterest

December 21, 2016

Corinne Dixon randomly happened into the tech industry. A political science major at Howard, she worked as a paralegal full time at a San Francisco law firm while taking what she thought was going to be a year off before going to law school. Despite having stellar LSAT scores and recommendations, working long hours and […]

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Uber’s Nicole Cuellar Stays True To Herself

December 8, 2016

At Howard University, grad, Nicole Cuellar wasn’t focused on technology at all. Her love for travel led her to major in Spanish and Russian, and landed her a Fulbright award to teach English in Russia for a year. When she came back in ‘08, finding a job in a rough economy proved difficult.  “I was […]

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McKeever Conwell Joins TEDCO Investment Team

November 15, 2016

We caught up with McKeever E. Conwell to discuss his new role at TEDCO, a funding institution that invests state funds. Conwell joins as the Deal Team Coordinator, a position created to leverage his entrepreneurial and networking skills. Conwell’s journey started as a computer science student at Morgan State University. During his sophomore year, he […]

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Slack Hires FAMU Alum as Head of Communication Design

October 19, 2016

Official this week, the Bay Area has a new Rattler in its ranks. Slack, the professional messaging and file sharing startup, has hired FAMU alum Kristy Tillman as its new Head of Communication Design. Tillman joins the Slack team after previously leading design at Society of Grownups, a startup that focused on financial literacy for […]

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Morehouse Alum Builds Spotify for Sermons

March 20, 2016

Its called Roho. An online library where you can view sermons from America’s most prominent African American church leaders, Dr. Otis Moss III, Dr. Marcus Cosby, and Rev. Cynthia Hale, just to name a few. Created by Nicholas Richards, a Morehouse Alum, Roho makes it easy for viewers to discover and share Christian content. Richards, […]

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New App Created By Livingstone Alum Makes Sharing Songs Easier

January 20, 2016

The app is called Bluurp. Founders Darell Austin, Jr, Livingstone College Alum, and Kevin Rivers, describe Bluurp as a social network that allows you to share media and send messages to other networks for free. In comparison to other sharing tools, such as Buffer or HootSuite, Bluurp differentiates itself by adding a social layer internal […]

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HBCUMade: Interview With Trevor Thomas, Partner at Cross Culture Ventures

November 2, 2015

Trevor Thomas is a Partner at Cross Culture Ventures. Before this he was Vice President at Gastronome Ventures.  Earlier, he was a member of the investing team at Roll Global, a $3.2 billion diversified holding company and Family Office in Los Angeles. Before venture investing, Trevor was the Founder and CEO of The Third Space, […]

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11 HBCU Alumni in Tech to Follow On Twitter

October 24, 2015

We often hear about the Stanford and Cal alumni working in tech and building companies. However, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) make up 3% of American college and universities, and they produce a large percentage of the countries’ black professionals and leaders. For example four out of five black federal judges have graduated from an HBCU. […]

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