Kelauni Jasmyn, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation

Kelauni Jasmyn, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation

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WTAE Listens: Kelauni Jasmyn, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation

Pittsburgh has become a tech hub, tapping into the city’s brightest minds. But one woman believes the industry needs to access more Black brainpower.



>> I DID NOT SEE TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE ME IN THIS SPACE ANYWHERE. IT BOTHERED ME. I STARTED TO MAKE A LOT OF NOISE AROUND IT IN PITTSBURGH. A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE THINKING THE SAME THING, ECHOES FOR INSTITUTIONS, COMPANIES, GOVERNMENT. EVERYONE ACROSS THE BOARD WAS LIKE YOU ARE RIGHT. IT’S TURNED INTO AN ORGANIZATION THAT DOES EVERYTHING FROM EDUCATION, TO NETWORK BUILDING, TO ACCESS, MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE IN THE RIGHT CIRCLES TO GET TECH OPPORTUNITIES. WE ARE A NETWORK OF OVER 700 BLACK TECH UNIFORMS — BLACK TECH UNICORNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MICHAEL IS TO MAKE PITTSBURGH THE NEW ATLANTA, I AM TRYING TO BRING MADE — WAY MORE BLACK TEFCHIES HERE. ANDREW: WHY AREN’T THERE MORE BLACK FACES IN TECH? >> STUTES TO A LOT OF SYSTEMATIC, HISTORICAL REASONS. I DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TECH UNTIL COLLEGE. O’ER THE OPPORTUNITIES. WE DO NOT KNOW THOSE THINGS, SYSTEMS. WHEN YOU ARE NOT EXPOSED, YOU DO NOT KNOW. AND IF YOU DO NOT KNOW, YOU CAN’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES. ANDREW: WHAT DO WE MISS OUT ON? >> SHORT-TERM RAMIFICATIONS OR LONG-TERM. EITHER WAY, THERE IS ABSOLUTE SYSTEMATIC DISADVANTAGE BY NOT BEING IN TECH. WE TALK ABOUT GENERATIONAL SETBACK. IF WE ARE NOT IN TECH RIGHT NOW, WHICH TAKES ME TO LONG-TERM, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT COMPLETE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES OF GENERATIONAL WEALTH. WAY WORSE THAN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN HISTORICALLY, WHICH IS ALREADY PRETTY DEAD. MY EFFORTS AS A PERSONAL LIFE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE I’M GETTING WAY MORE BLACK PEOPLE INTO THE INDUSTRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VAST AMOUNT OF UPWARD MOBILITY, WEALTH CREATION, JOB OPPORTUNITIES. ANDREW: YOU TONIGHT, A BIG STEP TOWARDS THAT GOAL. ANNOUNCING THE CREATION OF BLACK TECH NATION VENTURES. A $50 MILLION FUND BASED IN PITTSBURGH, TO INVEST IN BLACK ENTREPRENEURS AND MINORITY STAR

WTAE Listens: Kelauni Jasmyn, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation

Pittsburgh has become a tech hub, tapping into the city’s brightest minds. But one woman believes the industry needs to access more Black brainpower.


Pittsburgh has become a tech hub, tapping into the city’s brightest minds. But one woman believes the industry needs to access more Black brainpower. WTAE Listens to Kelauni Jasmyn, the founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation. Watch the full story in the video player above.Black Tech Nation has announced Black Tech Nation Ventures: a $50 million national technology venture fund based in Pittsburgh aiming to invest in Black entrepreneurs and majority-minority start-ups. BTN Ventures has a goal of investing in 20-30 startups over the next five years.

Pittsburgh has become a tech hub, tapping into the city’s brightest minds. But one woman believes the industry needs to access more Black brainpower.

WTAE Listens to Kelauni Jasmyn, the founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation.

Watch the full story in the video player above.

Black Tech Nation has announced Black Tech Nation Ventures: a $50 million national technology venture fund based in Pittsburgh aiming to invest in Black entrepreneurs and majority-minority start-ups. BTN Ventures has a goal of investing in 20-30 startups over the next five years.



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