How Investors Can Invest in More Underrepresented Founders

It seems that there is no shortage of venture capital firms declaring their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. That’s wonderful, so let’s capitalize on this energy with meaningful action. There have been some excellent articles written about ways to increase investment in Black and other underrepresented founders, and I wanted to share a … more

A Look Back at our SOCAP Diversity & Impact Gathering

As we enter the winter season approaching the end of the year, we wanted to reflect on one of the highlights of the previous season. In October, we attended SOCAP19 in San Francisco. As every year, this impact investing conference created an amazing space for connecting to other change-makers, sharing information and hearing from industry … more

Founder Spotlight: Cindy Mi of VIPKid

Here in the US, the fable of the dropout-turned-tech-billionaire is a familiar one. But it doesn’t usually bring to mind a young Chinese woman reinventing her country’s foreign-language education system. Meet Cindy Mi, the 35-year-old founder and CEO of the online teaching platform VIPKid, who’s bringing new life–and considerable business savvy–to the bootstrap stereotype. Hailing … more

Introducing the New Pattern Spotlight Video Series

After speaking with countless founders throughout the U.S. from underrepresented groups, we kept hearing a common lament, “I never see founders like me in tech media.” By failing to give founders that don’t fit the standard Silicon Valley mold, media organizations are furthering the narrative that women, people of color, immigrants and other overlooked groups … more

It’s Time for Tech to Step Up

There are many sad truths about the state of tech today: It is still an industry that is not inclusive to minorities and women (with job requisites even asking for “Caucasian only” applicants) The ‘grow at all costs’ has led to extreme waste and unsustainable practices which sometimes leave public markets holding the bag of … more

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