Malik Ducard – Director of content partnerships, YouTube
The folks over at Business Insider have put out a list of the 25 Most Influential African Americans In Technology and as a fellow techie, it’s nice to recognize and personally know some of the people mentioned on their list Like Angela Benton, Wayne Sutton, and Kimberly Bryant.
The people on that list range from start up founders, to evangelists, actual employees at large technology companies. What I appreciate the most about this list is that it highlights those who have decided to climb the corporate ladder to make sure African Americans are visible, apart of the decision-making process, and are creating opportunities for people others inside of corporate America.
Don’t get me wrong, you better believe we need to see more diversity in STEM and technology entrepreneurship. So the brave souls who decide to “go against the grain” and set out on their own, should be singled out for their accomplishments.
Additionally, I know programming, coding, and development are “what’s hot” in entrepreneurship. So the people who decide to go down this lane will get more of the “shine” than the executive sitting in meetings all day.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – People who decide to choose the path of ‘Intrepreneur’ (#GTS) and decide to blaze a trail for others to follow in corporate America should be respected just as much as the entrepreneur who has decided to show people you can “be your own boss”, achieve your goals and live comfortably.
In other words, quit hating on folks with a 9-5! If they enjoy what they do and have found a company that will support their passions, while collecting a steady paycheck AND making a difference, who are we to judge?
Now if you decide that path isn’t for you, that’s cool. But just remember, once your idea blows up, and the money and customers start to roll in, guess who you will have to interview and hire to help you get to the next level…Employees
What say you – Can African Americans in technology make the same impact within corporate America as those who have decided to become an entrepreneur?Read More...